Looking to boost CB depth, Ravens sign Gorrer from practice squad

September 17, 2011 | Luke Jones

With Jimmy Smith sidelined for a few weeks and Chris Carr’s short-term status also unknown, the Ravens have signed defensive back Danny Gorrer from the practice squad to boost their depleted depth at cornerback.

To make room on the 53-man roster, the Ravens have waived linebacker Jason Phillips. The third-year Texas Christian product was inactive for the season opener against Pittsburgh after dealing with a concussion in the days leading up to the game.

Gorrer is a former Texas A&M product who was an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009. He played in three games with the St. Louis Rams in 2009. The Ravens signed him to their practice squad last season, and he was on the team’s training camp roster before being waived and signed to the practice squad at the beginning of September.

With Smith and Carr ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Titans, the Ravens only had four healthy cornerbacks on the roster, one of them being rookie Chykie Brown. In comments made by defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and head coach John Harbaugh earlier in the week, it was apparent the Ravens don’t have a great deal of confidence in Brown to contribute defensively at this point.

“Chykie’s got a ways to go,” Harbaugh said on Friday. “He’s got to learn the defense. He’s got to become a more disciplined player, a more fundamentally-sound player. I think that was his issue. That’s why he slid to the fifth round.”

Gorrer is capable of playing either cornerback or safety, a major reason why the Ravens elected to keep him on the practice squad for a second straight year.

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