"My job is to hit the ground running and pick up everything as fast as possible to get out there and help this team get back to winning," Ravens cornerback Danny Gorrer said. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Since cornerback Danny Gorrer landed in Baltimore on Tuesday night, he's been undergoing a crash course in the Ravens' defensive playbook.
Unlike most newcomers, Gorrer already had a lot of advance knowledge about the nuances of the system through his previous two seasons with the Ravens. Claimed off waivers by on Tuesday, Gorrer played six games at nickel back for the Detroit Lions this season under defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, the former Ravens secondary coach.
That could lead to a smoother transition for Gorrer, who's expected to start Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium since top cornerback Jimmy Smith remains out with a sprained left foot.
"Some of the language is still the same, he tweaked it a little bit, but everything is basically still the same," Gorrer said Wednesday following his first practice with the Ravens. "I'm trying to hit the ground running and trying to get caught up on everything.
"This business is crazy, but my job is to hit the ground running and pick up everything as fast as possible to get out there and help this team get back to winning. I've just got to weather the storm and get back to it."
Gorrer's arrival follows the Ravens cutting cornerbacks Chykie Brown and Dominique Franks, who allowed two of the six touchdown passes thrown by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during a 43-23 loss Sunday night.
"He's been here before, so he has a lot of recall from our system," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Gorrer, who played for the Ravens in 2010 and 2011 before being cut in 2012 when the Ravens signed safety James Ihedigbo. "He's also been in our system since the whole season in Detroit. A few things are called differently maybe, but he knows the defense and we'll get him up to speed on the things that are different. It's pretty unique, and it's a good situation for us."
In five NFL seasons, Gorrer, 28, has 38 tackles and one interception with two career starts. He's played for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had seven tackles this season for the Lions.
Gorrer was on the Ravens' practice squad in 2010 and was later promoted to the active roster. He had a strong game against former Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes in 2011. Gorrer was cut by the Ravens prior to the 2012 season.
"Just learning the game more, just picking the older guys' brains, I've been around a little while, but you can never know too much," Gorrer said when asked how he's changed his game since his previous stint with the Ravens. "Just picking up different techniques and just trying to be a little more physical than I was before."
The Ravens have had several different starting cornerbacks this season in an uneven year for the secondary, including Smith, Asa Jackson, Lardarius Webb, Brown and Franks.
If Gorrer hadn't been claimed by the Ravens, he was expecting to be re-signed by Detroit. He's glad it worked out this way, though.
"Coach Austin, he kind of hinted to me that Baltimore may pick me up and he was like, 'Well, you know we kind of hope you don't get claimed, we want to bring you back here next week,'" Gorrer said. "I definitely enjoyed my ride with Detroit and now I've got unfinished business here, really. That's my mindset: unfinished business."
Gorrer is hoping to help the Ravens engineer a turnaround.
"It takes one game to turn things around," Gorrer said. "Win this weekend, nobody will even talk about what's been going on. That's my job and that's the team focus right now, to get back on track to winning football and playing Baltimore football. That's everybody's main goal, and that's everything everybody has been talking about in meetings right now."