With the addition of six new cornerbacks, the Ravens have plenty of competition for the nickle corner spot.
The Ravens signed Aaron Ross, Drayton Florence, Dominique Franks, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Felder and Marquice Cole. Former Tampa Bay Buccanneer Bobby Felder played with Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb at Nichols State and must be enjoying the homecoming again.
Ross is a former first-round draft pick that has won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, but has been out of football nursing a back injury that saw his 2013 season end after four weeks. Ross had this to say about getting a chance to play with a great secondary.
It was great to get the rust off. I've been home for a while. It was good to go against some people instead of going up against air. I'm happy they brought me in. I'm just trying to make the team.
Head coach, John Harbaugh had some positive things to say about the competition and how well the new additions performed when other players are still getting their 'football legs' under them at this point in the offseason.
We were pleased with them. I couldn't sit here and distinguish one from another right now. It's just too hard to watch all that with the naked eye, but they all looked good. They all got through the practice.
They are all in shape, which is a credit to those guys. I thought they did a good job. We'll go back and look at that tape really closely tonight, take a look at those guys again tomorrow and see where we are.
The Ravens have added the corners after losing Corey Graham in the offseason to the Buffalo Bills. Currently, the only Ravens from last year open to the competition are Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown, leaving the Ravens coaching staff wanting to see some other bodies fight for the job and to add some depth to the secondary.
We're taking a look at all the guys who are available. These guys are guys who want a job. So, their agents are calling and we're talking to them. That stuff is always going on behind the scenes. Hey, let's kick the tires a little bit and find out what these guys are all about.
A lot of these guys are proven players that have had injuries the last couple of years. We'll see if they're healthy. Each one of them has a different story. So, let's bring them out here and take a look at them first-hand.
The Ravens will likely look to trim down the number of veteran corners on the roster shortly but will use all of the mandatory mini-camp to evaluate the best options. Ravens mandatory mini-camp goes through until Thursday the 19th when the players will get four weeks off until official training camp begins.