The Ravens engineered a major shake-up at cornerback Tuesday in the wake of a dreadful performance Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers that was characterized as embarrassing by cornerback Dominique Franks.
Franks was cut Tuesday along with backup cornerback Chykie Brown as the Ravens were awarded cornerback Danny Gorrer off waivers from the Detroit Lions and promoted rookie cornerback Tramain Jacobs from the practice squad to the active roster.
Meanwhile, the Ravens activated veteran nose tackle Terrence Cody from the reserve-physically unable to perform list and cut tight end Phillip Supernaw to create a roster spot for him.
The roster moves came one day after coach John Harbaugh was critical of the secondary.
"We're not disciplined back there in technique like we need to be," Harbaugh said Monday. "Our eyes aren't in the right spot all the time like they need to be. Your footwork has to be right, your eyes have to be right, your leverage needs to be right and then you have to play the ball well. You want to play in the secondary? Step up and practice well and play well and step up in the game and make plays and be in the right spot."
Both Franks and Brown allowed touchdowns during a 43-23 loss to the Steelers that dropped the Ravens into last place in the AFC North division as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdown passes. Franks started the game as top cornerback Jimmy Smith remains sidelined with a sprained left foot for several weeks, according to sources.
Gorrer has a previous stint with the Ravens and has also played for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneeers. Gorrer, 28, has 31 career tackles and one interception.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder has run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He went undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2009. 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 a 2011 game. Gorrer was cut by the Ravens prior to the 2012 season.
"I'm definitely glad to be back, I'm going to go out there and give it my all and approach it as a business," Gorrer told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview. "My job is to cover the receivers and just be there and make plays for the defense. I hope to help get this team going in the right direction.
"They basically had one bad game. I'm just going to be myself and everything else will take care of itself. I just want to do my part to help the team win games."
Jacobs went undrafted out of Texas A&M in May and was signed to a three-year contract that includes a $4,500 signing bonus. He chose the Ravens after considering the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints.
Jacobs recorded 55 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions during two seasons at Texas A&M after the Louisiana native transferred from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
At 5-foot-11, 182 pounds, Jacobs ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout, where he also had a 32 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 9-6 broad jump.
Franks allowed five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown on six passes thrown in his direction against the Steelers.
Since rejoining the Ravens prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being cut prior to the start of the regular season, Franks allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 18 of 28 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a cumulative 112.1 passer rating.
Chykie Brown also surrendered a game-winning touchdown pass against Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green during the Ravens' season-opening loss at M&T Bank Stadium. Brown allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 11 of 19 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 137.5 this season.
Cody underwent offseason surgery on his right hip to repair a labral. He had surgery on his left hip the previous year along with an elbow procedure.
Cody has gotten into much better shape, losing a considerable amount of weight to get down to roughly 330 pounds.
Under NFL rules, the Ravens had until this week to activate Cody or he would have remained on the reserve list for the remainder of the season.
A 2010 second-round draft pick from Alabama, Cody was a consensus All-American selection in college. He has battled injuries in the NFL and has 87 career tackles in four seasons with no sacks or forced fumbles.