SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jason Babin has played in just one playoff game during 12 NFL seasons. So when the Ravens called, and offered him a chance to continue his career, Babin viewed it as a golden opportunity. At age 35, Babin has signed a one-year contract, hoping he can help the Ravens get back to the playoffs, something Babin has only done once with the Eagles in 2009. Terrell Suggs’ season-ending Achilles injury opened the door for Babin, who will be primarily a situational-pass rusher for the Ravens.
“I don’t think I could have drawn it up any better,” said Babin after finishing his first Ravens practice Wednesday. “I’ve admired how they play, the style they play, just everything about them. To be a part of this defense, it’s really special to me.
“I was blown away by every aspect of how this organization goes about preparing for winning on Sunday.”
Babin expected to be with the Jets this season, but they released him before Week 1. Asked if being released by the Jets surprised him, Babin said, “It was a surprise. I think the coach (Todd Bowles) said they want to win, but looking back in hindsight the general manager (Mike Maccagnan) talked about building. Who knows what exactly is going on? But that’s in the past, and I’m here now, and I’m ready to play some ball.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Babin will know enough about the Ravens’ defense to play Sunday against the Ravens. Not surprisingly, Babin agrees.
“They sprinkled me in a little bit today,” Babin said. “Obviously Thursday with the pass emphasis, they’ll be a little more of me sprinkled in. But they’re going to keep it simple for me. I basically had a bye week last year. I’m ready to rock and roll.”