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Ravens to sign CBs Dominique Franks and Aaron Ross

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Figured this was worth it's own thread at this point.  It should create some good competition for the #3 spot.  It'll be curious to see if both end up making the 53, and if so, what that means for UDFAs like Sammy Seamster and Deji Olatoye who have both been very impressive, according to reports.

 

Ravens are adding both Aaron Ross and Dominique Franks to the roster, according to sources

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Im guessing the Chykie making numerous mistakes (as he always does) opens up the roster to find our 3rd CB.

 

Really hoping we find our nickel CB!

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Decent little signings...Franks will likely be a special teamer/depth based on how he has played in the past, while Ross will give Asa Jackson and Chykie  Brown a push for the nickel spot.

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So we are no longer in the running for Flowers... :(

Too many teams are interested in him. At least 10 teams showed interest in him and I think he has already been on a couple of his 5 or 6 team visits that have been set up. At this point it seems he might be too pricey, but you never know...we might still give him a look.

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Shocked Drayton Florence didn't have a better showing, he seemed like a solid player on the Panthers D last year. Guess he's over the hill, Florence also tried out for KC and didn't get signed so that's probably a sign that we made the right evaluation.

 

 

I'm just happy that we got an insurance policy for our young cb's, I think Franks could be nice in that Corey Graham role.

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Shocked Drayton Florence didn't have a better showing, he seemed like a solid player on the Panthers D last year. Guess he's over the hill, Florence also tried out for KC and didn't get signed so that's probably a sign that we made the right evaluation.

 

 

I'm just happy that we got an insurance policy for our young cb's, I think Franks could be nice in that Corey Graham role.

Think about that front seven, though.

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Think about that front seven, though.

 

Yeah not doubting that the front 7 was a big part of their success but Florence still seemed like a solid enough cb. Seemed like the favorite to get signed after he said he thought he could "help us win" but just wasn't impressive in his try out apparently.

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Ross is a fairly mediocre player but Franks has some upside.

 

Ross has a good amount of experience though.  It's always good to have that around.  One of them may not make the team.

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Ross is a fairly mediocre player but Franks has some upside.

 

I wouldn't say mediocre. Just hasn't had the best circumstances to be successful these last couple years. Signed a nice 5 mil per year contract with the Jags in 2012 and obviously that didn't pan out well playing on an awful defense, with an awful coaching staff on, on an awful team. Got cut when new management took over in Jacksonville as part of a big house cleaning after a 2-14 season, Ross was on an inflated contract to begin with so they parted ways.

 

Then last year he went back to the Giants and got injured very early in the season and never got a chance to show what he had left in the tank. I don't expect him to set the world on fire here but he could be a good depth player, more reliable then Chykie was last year when he had to come in.

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I wouldn't say mediocre. Just hasn't had the best circumstances to be successful these last couple years. Signed a nice 5 mil per year contract with the Jags in 2012 and obviously that didn't pan out well playing on an awful defense, with an awful coaching staff on, on an awful team. Got cut when new management took over in Jacksonville as part of a big house cleaning after a 2-14 season, Ross was on an inflated contract to begin with so they parted ways.

 

Then last year he went back to the Giants and got injured very early in the season and never got a chance to show what he had left in the tank. I don't expect him to set the world on fire here but he could be a good depth player, more reliable then Chykie was last year when he had to come in.

He was on an awful defense and got cut? What makes you think he wasn't part of the problem?

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He was on an awful defense and got cut? What makes you think he wasn't part of the problem?

It could have a lot to do with them just wanting to clean house of all expensive players and start over new with any players who hadn't been a long tenured player who had contributed a ton.

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I hope Franks can prove he has what it takes to be a starter, I expect Ross to be a ST'er. These new signings could be what Asa needs to get more determined to mastering his craft. Good signing.

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He was on an awful defense and got cut? What makes you think he wasn't part of the problem?

 

He got released because he was overpaid and the new management preferred to cut their losses after the 2-14 season, they basically cleaned house of all the over paid players just eating up cap. That doesn't mean Ross wasn't a good player, just means he wasn't worth 5 mil a year, it was a bad contract to begin with.

 

Playing with a bad front 7 is the worst thing that can happen to a cb, hard to look like an effective corner when your just chasing shadows all game because your pass rush isn't getting any pressure. Eventually it starts to kill your morale when your job becomes exponentially harder because of the lack of pass rush.. It's hard to feel good about yourself and be on top of your game when your just demoralized from playing on the worst team in the NFL.

 

Ross has A LOT to prove in camp if he wants to make this roster but it's not fair to call him mediocre, been a victim of circumstance to a  large extent with the Jags stint and the injury last year.

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He got released because he was overpaid and the new management preferred to cut their losses after the 2-14 season, they basically cleaned house of all the over paid players just eating up cap. That doesn't mean Ross wasn't a good player, just means he wasn't worth 5 mil a year, it was a bad contract to begin with.

 

Playing with a bad front 7 is the worst thing that can happen to a cb, hard to look like an effective corner when your just chasing shadows all game because your pass rush isn't getting any pressure. Eventually it starts to kill your morale when your job becomes exponentially harder because of the lack of pass rush.. It's hard to feel good about yourself and be on top of your game when your just demoralized from playing on the worst team in the NFL.

 

Ross has A LOT to prove in camp if he wants to make this roster but it's not fair to call him mediocre, been a victim of circumstance to a  large extent with the Jags stint and the injury last year.

You sure paint the Jags out to be one stink pile of misery. Maybe there's some truth there, but I'd be insulted if I were a Jags fan reading that our team was so bad that our good players were too depressed to play well. Regardless of your feelings for him, Ross will struggle to make our team and I doubt he makes the cut. But it's worth trying, right?

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You sure paint the Jags out to be one stink pile of misery. Maybe there's some truth there, but I'd be insulted if I were a Jags fan reading that our team was so bad that our good players were too depressed to play well. Regardless of your feelings for him, Ross will struggle to make our team and I doubt he makes the cut. But it's worth trying, right?

 

Ross could definitely make it based on experience alone.  Franks doesn't have much more experience than Chykie.  He's got an extra year in there but he's primarily been a STer throughout his career.  He played a grand total of 13 snaps last year on defense.

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Right now these seem like good depth moves. I don't really care that we won't sign Flowers. These 2 players are both pretty good and probably much cheaper.

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I hope Franks can prove he has what it takes to be a starter, I expect Ross to be a ST'er. These new signings could be what Asa needs to get more determined to mastering his craft. Good signing.

I don't think either of these players will start. Webb and Jimmy seem pretty well solidified in those 2 positions. I know Ross has been a primary starter before, but I wouldn't expect him to be put in that role unless Webb or Jimmy gets hurt.

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I don't think either of these players will start. Webb and Jimmy seem pretty well solidified in those 2 positions. I know Ross has been a primary starter before, but I wouldn't expect him to be put in that role unless Webb or Jimmy gets hurt.

 

I think by starter, he means #3 CB, arguably a starter

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Ross could definitely make it based on experience alone.  Franks doesn't have much more experience than Chykie.  He's got an extra year in there but he's primarily been a STer throughout his career.  He played a grand total of 13 snaps last year on defense.

Sounds like Corey Graham's backstory.

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Sounds like Corey Graham's backstory.

 

But we also had much more depth at the time and Graham got his playing time due to injury.  Maybe Franks can be the next Corey Graham.  I'd love it if it were to happen.  I just think it's risky to go into the season with Brown, Franks, and Jackson as the depth.  If Jimmy or Webb get hurt, that's a scary thought.  Ross may not be the best, but having a veteran with large amounts of experience has some hidden value in a young group.

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Hopefully one of them will take over the #3 spot and do decent because I really don't trust Brown/Asa. I think it was stupid not to draft a CB. Now we're relying on some unproven young guys that haven't shown much and a couple of vets that no one else wanted to essentially be a starter on our defense. God forbid one of our top two CB's get injured.

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Signing these guys to the team is all well and good for training camp comp but it's way too early to even consider them making the 53 let along starting in the nickel. Ravens have about 5 legit openings on the team that are up for grabs and CB/S is one area.

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Hopefully one of them will take over the #3 spot and do decent because I really don't trust Brown/Asa. I think it was stupid not to draft a CB. Now we're relying on some unproven young guys that haven't shown much and a couple of vets that no one else wanted to essentially be a starter on our defense. God forbid one of our top two CB's get injured.

Drafting one wouldn't fix the unproven problem at all, and rookies are arguably more unproven than what the Ravens have since both Asa and Brown have at least played in preseason games and what not to get experience. The only rookie worth drafting to immediately contribute and play well would have been Kyle Fuller, in my opinion, but any other is going to have their struggles like the rest

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#1 Jimmy

#2 Webb

#3 Asa

#4 Brown

#5 Ross

 

Not really worried about the corner position anymore if the guys behind Jimmy/Webb play as expected. Asa can probably step in and start if he has to, if one of the two get hurt. Ross is also proven and adds a lot of experience and depth.

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