Next Man Up: A Broken Record For Ravens

Street Talk Next Man Up: A Broken Record For Ravens

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The Ravens organization wasted zero time on Tuesday bringing in reinforcements for their injury cursed secondary.

Lardarius Webb is again nursing another hamstring issue, new cornerback Will Davis was put on season ending IR after suffering a torn ACL against Cleveland, leaving little to no healthy depth at the position opposite Jimmy Smith.

Stop me if you’ve seen this movie before.

While there isn’t much information known at this time regarding just how long Webb will or won’t be out of service, the Ravens were forced to restock the shelves so to speak, and at this time of year the proverbial cupboard is bare.

The team officially announced the release of CB Rashaan Melvin, the signing of  veteran corner Shareece Wright and promoted  practice squad players Charles James and the familiar Asa Jackson to the active roster in a matter of hours, just to have some healthy bodies at the corner position.

Wright, who was granted his release over the weekend from the 49ers after falling further and further down their depth chart, was a healthy inactive through four games. The corner had reportedly received interest from several teams, opting to sign in Baltimore given the current situation.

He’s a body, no more, no less.

Wright started all 27 games in which he appeared for the San Diego Chargers the past two seasons. In those two seasons, he was rated one of the league’s worst cover corners by Pro Football Focus. In 2014, Wright finished as the 225th ranked CB just one spot behind Asa Jackson.

For Jackson, nothing much new to expect from the corner/kick returner who was released by the Ravens in early September. Asa struggled (putting it lightly) throughout training camp and the preseason in coverage. There’s little reason to believe the struggles will end anytime soon.

The Ravens inked Charles James, the popular figure on the HBO series Hard Knocks which featured his former team, the Houston Texans during training camp. Not appearing in a real NFL game last season, the funny sock-wearing cornerback played in 12 games with the New York Giants in 2013, making just four tackles. He also has special teams ability, recording 7 special teams tackles (5 solo) and logged one punt return for 0 yards in 2013.

As the Ravens prepare for their week six matchup against the 49ers,  be forewarned, what you see is what you’ll get when it comes to the again revamped secondary.

Here’s hoping John Harbaugh meant what he said about adjusting schemes to fit his personnel or former Ravens wideouts, Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith will be off to the races.


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Brian Bower is avid football fan, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past 6 years. This will be his 3rd season with the Russell Street Report. His work has been featured on, ESPN blogs, Comcast SportsNet Baltimore, as well as the Baltimore Ravens web page. He is also a regular guest on local radio and ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii. Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter. Email him at [email protected]

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