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Ravens Add Much Needed Depth at Cornerback

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The Ravens signed former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Bryan McCann to a two-year deal, which adds much needed depth to an injury plagued unit.

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After resigning linebacker Prescott Burgess a week ago, he was cut to make room for McCann on the roster.

McCann, 24, undrafted out of Southern Methodist, was released by the Cowboys Sept. 20. In nine games for the Cowboys last year, and two this year, McCann recorded 15 tackles and had two passes defended.

In his NFL debut last November, McCann returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 33-20 victory over the New York Giants in Jason Garrett’s head coaching debut. The following week, all McCann did was run back a 97 yard punt for a touchdown in a Dallas win over the Detroit Lions.

It’s no secret the Ravens are thin in the secondary, most notably cornerback. Before this signing the Ravens had just four healthy cornerbacks: starters Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams, and reserve Danny Gorrer and rookie Chykie Brown.

Domonique Foxworth (ACL) is on injured reserve. Jimmy Smith (ankle) and Chris Carr (hamstring) have missed significant time and have high hopes for returning after the Ravens week five bye.

Let’s not forget about the injuries at safety either. Tom Zbikowski suffered a concussion in the Ravens’ 34-17 win over the New York Jets Sunday night and Haruki Nakamura is expected to miss about a month with a knee injury.

Ironically, McCann did spend one week with the Ravens last season, but was claimed off waivers after being inactive for their regular-season opener against the Jets.

With rookie LaQuan Williams struggling returning punts and kicks at the moment, McCann could add to the Ravens’ return game. Last season, he averaged 20.6 yards per punt return and 22 yards per kickoff return.