What’s next for Baltimore Ravens secondary?


Dec 7, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Gibson (10) checks on the condition of Baltimore Ravens defensive back Danny Gorrer (37) after Gorrer was apparently injured on a play during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Ravens won 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Add Danny Gorrer and Anthony Levine to the constantly growing list of injured cornerbacks in the Baltimore Ravens secondary. Now out for the year after just three games in Baltimore, Gorrer will be forced to watch from the sideline as the Ravens try yet again to figure out their secondary rotation.

Likewise, Anthony Levine was injured with a concussion and missed the rest of Sunday’s game.

Matt Elam filled in against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, performing decently as the slot cornerback. Ravens’ fans know, though, that Elam’s ball skills are not to be trusted.

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So what should Ravens fans expect now?

For one, Terrence Brooks has to be active this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s a talented rookie who has done a lot of good things this year. He was benched for some highly visible mistakes, but Brooks absolutely deserves a role on this defense. Though he has performed better at safety than cornerback, Brooks can help.

Rashaan Melvin also has a chance to play a role. The Ravens added Melvin November 8 and have kept him stowed away on the inactive list since. Melvin is a bigger corner with limited experience.

The real question fans want to know is whether or not another roster move is coming. The answer to that is unclear. The Ravens would need to put Danny Gorrer on injured reserve, which should happen sooner rather than later. That would open up a roster spot should the Ravens want to make a move.

But the Ravens’ free agent moves in the secondary have been hit or miss this year. Gorrer was decent in his short stint, but Domonique Franks was a bust. Some big names remain on the market; however, they are on the market for a reason.

Unfortunately for Baltimore, no roster move can make up for the glut of injuries the Ravens have experienced in the secondary. They can only hope guys like Melvin and Elam step up.