Officially, Danny Gorrer finished with one tackle and one pass breakup in the Ravens’ 29-14 victory over the Houston Texans Sunday. But that breakup may have been the third-year cornerback’s most significant play of the season.
On fourth down-and-4 from Houston’s 26-yard line, quarterback Matt Schaub appeared to hit wide receiver Jacoby Jones on a comeback route good enough for the first down.
But Ravens coach John Harbaugh challenged the ruling of a completion, and replays showed that Gorrer shoved Jones just enough for him to fail to get his right foot down in bounds.
“I knew they were going to come at me,” Gorrer said in the aftermath of the team’s win. “I felt like they were going to come at me, and I didn’t want to let my team down. So I tried to play good technique and compete.”
So instead of the Texans getting a fresh set of downs with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter and trailing by 12, the Ravens took possession at the 26 and sealed the win with a Billy Cundiff 40-yard field goal.
On Monday, coach John Harbaugh praised Gorrer’s play, saying, “Danny played really well, challenging that pass on the sideline at the end of the game and getting that ball knocked loose so that the completion didn’t happen until the momentum had taken the receiver back past the marker. And we were able to challenge that and win that challenge because of the play he made. Earlier in the game, he got a little bit loose on Derrick. He gave Derrick a little bit too much room on a curl route to make the play. After that, he played square, he played tight to the receivers. Like we said, he’s a technically sound corner. Plus, he can run. He’s got good hands. So he’s done a great job.”
Gorrer, who has been lining up as the fifth defensive back in the team’s nickel package due to injuries to cornerbacks Chris Carr and Jimmy Smith, said he understands the importance of his albeit limited snaps.
“Just not letting this team down, that’s my biggest goal,” Gorrer said. “I don’t want to let anybody on the back end down. The front seven, I play for them. I play for my teammates.”