The Baltimore Ravens signed two new defensive backs: Travis Fisher and Brad Jones.
Travis Fisher is veteran cornerback that has 8 years of experience under his belt. The former 2nd-round draft pick has played for the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks; but that veteran experience doesn’t necessarily equate to productivity.
Fisher never really had a stellar season, and even suffered a hamstring injury last year that limited him to just 4 games of playing time. At 5-10 and 190 lb., Fisher doesn’t quite have superior size either. Oh, not to mention he’s 30 years old.
So what does Fisher have to offer for the Ravens? Well, here’s what Head Coach John Harbaugh had to say about him:
“Very solid player – good feet, good technician, works really hard, understands the game, really picked the defense up quickly, and we threw a lot at him.”
This goes to show you can’t always go by what is said on paper. If Harbaugh is happy with Fisher’s performance, then I’ll be happy with the signing— at least until game time.
Brad Jones was another addition to the defensive backfield.
Jones is a rookie from Cincinnati that played both cornerback and safety positions. He had 42 tackles last year as a senior, and gained interest by many NFL scouts through impressive offseason workouts.
Both defensive backs tried out last weekend at the Ravens’ first minicamp of the offseason. They aren’t premiere players, but the signings do help add some depth to the secondary. They provide some insurance should Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb be unable to recover by the start of the season.