Gorrer Out, Cason In. Plus Other Injury Notes.

Sports and Bets — December 9, 2014 at 11:10 am by

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John Harbaugh announced today that starting corner Danny Gorrer tore ligaments in his knee, and is done for the season. Another corner fallen by the wayside. They say injuries are part of the game, everyone has them, and good teams overcome them. Well the Ravens are getting extremely unlucky with their plethora of injuries at the corner position.

The latest victim at corner leaves the Ravens with Lardarius Webb and Asa Jackson as the starting corners. Anthony Levine suffered a concussion, and has to be cleared of all concussion protocol before he can take the field again. Harbaugh said the Rashaan Melvin will actually see the field this week, after being inactive his entire time with the Ravens. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees has used to abundance of safeties on the roster to fill in at certain areas where you would usually have cornerbacks playing. Jeromy Miles, Brynden Trawick, and Anthony Levine have all played corner in certain packages even though they are safeties by trade. Pees does what he can coverage wise to hide these guys by rolling safeties to protect them in a vulnerable situation. The problem is, good teams will recognize and exploit that in the passing game. The Ravens desperately need to get somebody who can play a teams number two receiver, at least marginally with help over top, so that Asa Jackson can move inside to cover the slot receiver in nickel situations. Ozzie might need to make another trip to the scrapyard to come up with the next Danny Gorrer(by no means is that a knock on the way Gorrer played for us.)

Turns out that as I was writing this the Ravens did just that by signing Antoine Cason, who was recently released by Carolina. Cason is a seven year vet who will bring some experience to this young secondary. Not exactly a guy who can run one on one with a team’s number two receiver, but he can play the hidden corner position better than the inexperienced safeties who are attempting to do that currently.

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On offense, wide receiver Torrey Smith is nursing a knee sprain. I hope the Ravens decide to sit him down this week to allow the knee to heal more. With Marlon Brown and Kamar Aiken doing an exceptional job in Smith’s place, I don’t see a big drop off for this week. We are going to need a healthy Torrey Smith down the stretch. With Jacoby Jones also in the mix, the Ravens still have that designated shot guy that can scare defenses over the top.

I also hope the Ravens limit Justin Forsett’s touches this week, so he can fully recover from a lingering knee problem. Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro are fully capable of handling a bigger load this week against the Jags. I would love to see a three way split of touches this week to alleviate the burden on the veteran Forsett.

By no means am I suggesting the Ravens take the Jags for granted or look past them. They are capable of coming in here and playing us tough. The Ravens playoff destiny falls squarely in their own hands. This is game one of three must win games.

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