During his time with the Ravens in 2010 and 2011, cornerback Danny Gorrer showed a great deal of potential as someone that could one day work his way up the depth chart and into the secondary's rotation. But just before the 2012 season began, Gorrer was the victim of the numbers game, with the team opting to sign safety James Ihedigbo instead of sticking with the young, up-and-coming corner.
The NFL can be brutal sometimes and Gorrer learned that then. Since, he's bounced around the league with Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Detroit. With the Lions waiving him earlier this week, the Ravens saw a golden opportunity to bring him back in, given the secondary has been a liability in recent weeks. Gorrer figures to potentially be a starter this week opposite of Lardarius Webb, which gives him just a week to re-familiarize himself with the Ravens' defense.
"It's a challenge. It's good in the sense he's been playing. He's in football shape, he played last week," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters. "He's played a lot of football all year, went through training camp, all those things. It's also a big plus that he ... Well, two things: He's been here before, so he has a lot of recall from our system. He's also been in our system since the whole season in Detroit. A few things are called differently maybe, but he knows the defense and we'll get him up to speed on the things that are different. It's pretty unique, and it's a good situation for us."
When the Lions made the decision to waive Gorrer, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin — Baltimore's former secondary coach — told him that there was a good chance the Ravens would claim him. It's unknown if Austin heard that from a former Ravens colleague or if common sense brought him to that conclusion. Austin also told Gorrer that if he wasn't claimed, there would be a great chance for the Lions to bring him back in a week later.
But as Austin anticipated, the Ravens jumped at the chance to get Gorrer.
"This business is crazy, but again, my job is to hit the ground running and pick up everything as fast as possible to get out there and help this team get back to winning," Gorrer said during Wednesday's media availability. "I've just got to weather the storm and get back to it."
Gorrer said his approach in his second stint with the Ravens will be to prove he has "unfinished business." The personnel this time around is a little different so there is an adjustment in that aspect. But given that Gorrer has worked in this defense before, it's a matter of getting up to speed and doing what he can to contribute in a positive way this Sunday.
"That helped me tremendously, just as a man, being in that (2010 and 2011) secondary and how close we were," Gorrer said. "I'm just feeling some of the newer guys out, and when it's the right time for me to speak up on it a little bit, I'll kind of reflect on the old days and always remember what Ed Reed taught me, what Bernard Pollard taught me. So, it's definitely just about getting back to the Baltimore tradition."