Just two days after the Ravens secondary was torched for five touchdowns by Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, the Ravens made one roster move in the secondary, and coach John Harbaugh suggested others could be coming.
Cornerback Jumal Rolle, who was signed by the Ravens last month after being released by Houston, was promoted from the practice squad on Tuesday.
Harbaugh acknowledged on Monday that Lardarius Webb, who was beaten badly on two touchdowns on Sunday, has struggled as an outside cornerback and is better suited to safety or as inside nickel back.
The Ravens have gotten some decent play from Shareece Wright as an outside cornerback, but Harbaugh said, “We have some young guys that we can put outside. So, we’re going to pull the trigger, put those guys outside, let Webby go in there where he belongs – let him play the nickel, let him play free safety.”
In addition to Rolle, Harbaugh said practice squad cornerback Sheldon Price “is going to step up and get a chance,” although he has not yet been promoted from the practice squad. Little-used rookie fourth-round cornerback Tray Walker also could get a look.
Secondary play has been a chronic problem this season for the Ravens. They rank last in the league with four interceptions and have the league's 21st-ranked pass defense.
Rolle, 25, was originally signed by the Bills as an undrafted rookie in 2013, then bounced around on practice squads of the Bills, Saints and Packers before finding a home with the Texans. He played in 18 games over the past two years for the Texans and had three interceptions last season.
Price has been with the Ravens practice squad since October. He spent the previous two seasons with the Colts, mainly on their practice squad, after signing as an undrafted rookie out of UCLA.
Walker should be in line for a longer look as well, though Harbaugh said the rookie from Texas Southern “has a lot to learn. He’s coming from a very small school. He’s very green, very raw, technique-wise and football knowledge-wise.”
Walker was seen as a project all along, and it appears increasingly clear that the Ravens reached to take him in the fourth round. Despite a multitude of problems in the secondary, Walker has not shown enough to compete for playing time to this point; he has been a game-day inactive in three of the past four games, and has seen action on defense in just one game, against Cleveland in Week 5, when a rash of injuries pressed Walker into action for eight snaps.
But over the final three games, Walker, along with Rolle and perhaps Price if he’s promoted to the 53-man roster, should have a good chance to show what they can do.