Ravens sleeper that no one is talking about


Jul 30, 2015; Owings Mills, MD, USA; A general view of Under Armour Performance Center during day one of Baltimore Ravens training camp. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

As all the big names took the field during week one of Baltimore Ravens’ training camp, so did the fringe roster players – the guys we sometimes are, but often aren’t, aware of.  Some of these guys have made noise thus far, dating back to OTAs and minicamp – guys like DeAndre Carter and Steven Means.

One player that is making noise at training camp that no one is talking about, however, is former UDFA cornerback Quinton Pointer.  Go ahead and Google him, I’ll wait.  Good luck finding out a whole lot of information on this guy.

Pointer signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent rookie back in 2012 after playing his college ball at Nevada-Las Vegas.  He went on to stick on the Rams’ final roster, but was released after week one and signed to the practice squad.

Pointer went on to appear in 8 games over two seasons with the Rams, recording 5 tackles.  He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last offseason, but was released the day before the season opener.  He went on to sign with the Ravens, and has came out of nowhere to make a name for himself as the offseason has progressed.

Pointer has been impressive and fearless in coverage during drills, which was on full display day one when covering the feisty Steve Smith Sr.  Smith, a guy who loves to make cornerbacks look silly (just ask Asa Jackson), was put on his back so bad by Porter on a jump ball from Matt Schaub that he took the rest of the day off.

Pointer has also demonstrated some playmaking chops.  Back in minicamp, he picked off a deflected Matt Schaub pass along the sideline that would have gone for a pick-six.  He went on to pick another Schaub pass that did go for a touchdown.

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As impressive as Pointer has been, he still has an uphill climb to make the Ravens’ final roster, despite their past woes at the cornerback position.  He’s fighting with guys like Chris Greenwood, Cassius Vaughn, Traimain Jacobs, Tray Walker, Asa Jackson, and Rashaad Melvin for playing time behind the projected top three of Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, and Kyle Arrington.

But as we’ve learned in the past, you can’t count out the underdog just yet.  The Ravens have a rich history of plucking other team’s cast offs and turning them into contributors.  If Quinton Pointer keeps doing what he’s been doing, he might just be the next successful reclamation project.

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