Danny Gorrer Impresses With Ravens After Crazy Week
Nov 9, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Danny Gorrer (37) celebrates after an interception in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Think you’ve had a crazy week? I dare say that Danny Gorrer has you beat. After playing a healthy amount of snaps in six games for the Detroit Lions this season, Gorrer was waived on Monday so that the team could sign another defensive tackle. The Ravens scooped him up off of waivers after cutting corners Dominique Franks and Chykie Brown.
Instead of easing in the nickle corner, the Ravens thrust him into a major role right off the bat. Gorrer logged 33 snaps against the Titans in week ten, sharing time with converted safety Anthony Levine. Even though he had some familiarity with the Ravens defense after playing for the team in 2011, it was still a tall task for Gorrer to play a major role for a new team on such short notice.
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Not only did Danny Gorrer play and log more than 50% of the defensive snaps, he played well and had a big turnover that essentially iced the game. Gorrer came underneath Titans tight end Chase Coffman and picked off quarterback Zach Mettenberger, effectively ending any hope the Titans had for a comeback.
Gorrer added a tackle that counted as a defensive stop and had a solid day in coverage as well. He gave up a mere 2 receptions on 3 targets for 19 yards in an effort that didn’t go unnoticed by John Harbaugh following the game. “Danny played well,” Harbaugh said. “Danny was solid the whole game and then got his hands on the last ball and got the interception to close them out.”
The interception by Gorrer is even more prominent when you consider how few the Raven’s defense has this season. Jimmy Smith had one before suffering his season ending injury, and Haloti Ngata and C.J. Mosley have two each. And that’s it. This is a defense that desperately needs playmakers in the back end, and Gorrer delivered in his debut.
If the Ravens have any hope of returning to the playoffs this season, they are going to need their revamped secondary to continue their improved play, albeit against much tougher opponents in the weeks to come. For his part, Danny Gorrer is ready to contribute and help the Ravens overcome the loss of perhaps their best defensive player.
“It was a big loss with Jimmy,” Gorrer said. “But at the same time, with our profession, the show goes on. We’ve got to come together and keep getting better weekly.”