Why Danny Gorrer can quickly step into starting role for Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- There's a good chance that Danny Gorrer will go from joining the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday to lining up as a starting cornerback five days later. And it won't take much of a cram session.

Gorrer not only played for the Ravens a couple of seasons ago, but he played in their system this season in Detroit, where former Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin is the defensive coordinator. Coach John Harbaugh believes there will be a lot of recall for Gorrer.

"A few things are called differently, but he knows the defense and we'll get him up to speed on the things that are different," Harbaugh said. "It's pretty unique that way and it's a good situation for us."

Gorrer will likely become the sixth starting cornerback this season for a Ravens team heading into its 10th game. It's been a revolving door at cornerback because of injury and ineffectiveness.

The Ravens released Dominique Franks, who made his first start for the Ravens last Sunday, and Chykie Brown on Tuesday before claiming Gorrer off waivers. According to Gorrer, the Lions were hoping he wouldn't get claimed because they wanted to re-sign him next week.

But the Ravens saw him as part of their revamped secondary. With Jimmy Smith (foot) and Asa Jackson (toe) injured, Gorrer could start alongside Lardarius Webb. The only other healthy cornerback on the roster is Tramain Jacobs, an undrafted rookie who was just promoted from the practice squad.

It's a great opportunity for Gorrer, who has two career starts and played nickelback for the Lions.

"I definitely enjoyed my ride in Detroit and now I've got unfinished business here, really," Gorrer said. "That's my mindset -- unfinished business."

Gorrer survived the Ravens' final major cutdown in 2012, but he was cut a few days later when the team signed safety James Ihedigbo. The Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl that season, and Gorrer went on to play for three teams over the next three seasons.

Now he wants to help a secondary that is reeling after allowing six touchdown passes to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

"It takes one game to turn things around," Gorrer said. "Win this weekend [and] nobody will even talk about what's going on. That's my job and that's the team focus right now -- to get back on track to winning football and playing Baltimore football. That's everybody's main goal, and that's everything everybody has been talking about in meetings right now."