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Add veteran corner Derek Cox to the tryout mix as Ravens finish preseason at New Orleans…

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Clearly the concern over the health of the Ravens’ cornerback starters has turned into emergency mode.

Why else would Ozzie and John Harbaugh sign journeyman Derek Cox to a provisional contract going into the Ravens’ final preseason game against the Saints this Thursday night?

Don’t get me wrong— Cox has a pedigree. He’s 6-1, 195, and only 27 years old— and was a star defender for William & Mary back in the day. He was drafted in the 3rd round in 2009 by Jacksonville.

Cox has 13 career interceptions in a 5-year career that’s included stints with Jacksonville, San Diego and Minnesota.

But you have to wonder why Cox was cut by the Vikings after 3 preseason games this summer… or why he was relegated to special teams by the Chargers and ultimately released by San Diego.

Maybe Ozzie and Harbaugh know something about Derek Cox that will fit better within the Ravens’ defensive system?

Skeptics are already questioning the signing.

Here’s Marc Sessler of NFL.com:

“Call it a patch. The 27-year-old cover man is on his fourth team in two years after finishing last season as the No. 106 player at his position out of 111 eligible corners, per Pro Football Focus. Along the way, quarterbacks generated an outrageous 104.9 passer rating against Cox, who started 10 games for San Diego last season. There’s a chance he won’t last long in Baltimore.”

Harsh!

Well, besides Derek Cox’ debut for the Ravens in New Orleans I will be watching the showcase efforts of the following Baltimore hopefuls who are on the bubble:

WR Michale Campanaro…. he will be tested in the return game, too…

WR Kamar Aiken…. last call for the former Green Bay Packers prospect…

WR/KR Deonte Thompson…. his last and best chance to make the active roster, and it will probably be due to kickoff return effectiveness…

LT James Hurst…. he’s impressed throughout training camp as Eugene Monroe’s potential backup…

GUARD Ryan Jensen…. a 2nd-year guy who can play tackle and guard, but he’s battling the numbers in the competition for OL backups…

CB Tramain Jacobs… the undrafted free agent rookie out of Texas A&M needs to step up big-time in his New Orleans reps in order to convince coaches they do not need to go out and hire a Derek Cox…

QB Keith Wenning…. He may not be ready to oust Tyrod Taylor as Joe Flacco’s backup, but he definitely needs a good show against the saints’ backups to prove he should be kept around in the Ravens’ organization…

TE Phillip Supernaw…. great opportunity for the big blocking tight end, especially with the sad trend of Owen Daniels’ increasing problems with leg fatigue and swelling…

DT Derrick Hopkins…. the undrafted free agent rookie gets the chance of a lifetime in the wake of Terrence Cody’s lingering hip problems…

LB Zachary Orr…. the undrafted rookie from North Texas has an outside shot to stick with the team as a backup at inside linebacker… he’ll be tested hard for much of the second half against the Saints.

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Thomas Jackson

About Thomas Jackson

Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.

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