Cornerback Asa Jackson was signed to the Ravens practice squad on Tuesday. He returns to the franchise that drafted him in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft.
The Ravens released Jackson after training camp in 2015, but he returned to play in four games for the team last season. In 18 total games with the Ravens, he had plenty of issues in pass coverage.
With an outbreak of injuries at cornerback, Ozzie Newsome has decided to bring in some depth with experience in the system. Robertson Daniel, a long cornerback from BYU, is also on the Ravens practice squad.
Sheldon Price and Maurice Canady, a pair of long project corners who made the team out of training camp, are on injured reserve with thigh and hamstring injuries, respectively. They joined fellow corners Kyle Arrington and Jumal Rolle, who were place on I.R. before the season started.
Top cover man Jimmy Smith left Sunday’s game with a concussion, the severity is unknown. Slot corner Jerraud Powers injured his groin against the Giants, he also could not continue. And Shareece Wright left the same game with a possible ankle issue. All three of these veterans’ availability is currently questionable for the Week 7 tilt against the Jets.
These concentrated injuries left Tavon Young and Will Davis as the next men up at outside corner. Young is a rookie and Davis has played in four games for the Ravens. Anthony Levine, normally hybrid safety/linebacker, filled in at slot corner. Not surprisingly, Odell Beckham went crazy.
Jackson also has some experience returning kicks, a skill that could be helpful if return specialist Devin Hester misses more time. Jackson has produced some explosive run-backs, however, he has also had trouble fumbling punts.
Hopefully, the Ravens grow healthy enough that Asa Jackson never gets close to the field.