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New Ravens cornerback Antoine Cason trying to get up to speed in a hurry

New Ravens cornerback Antoine Cason trying to get up to speed in a hurry
Former Carolina Panthers cornerback Antoine Cason lends some experience to the Ravens secondary. (Adam Bettcher / Getty Images)

Veteran cornerback Antoine Cason gives the Ravens more experience in the secondary, but the former Carolina Panthers starter has a lot to learn.

Cason will take an accelerated crash course on the Ravens' defensive playbook after being signed Tuesday in advance of Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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"No doubt," Cason said. "I'm just recharged and ready to get back in this. It's a great opportunity. I just want to make plays."

Although Cason was benched by the Panthers before being released -- he allowed six touchdown passes this season as opposing quarterbacks completed 56 of 70 passes thrown in his direction for 659 yards and a 122.6 passer rating -- he does have a track record of creating turnovers.

Cason forced four fumbles and had two interceptions in 11 starts this season. The 28-year-old former San Diego Chargers first-round draft pick has 380 tackles, 16 interceptions and eight forced fumbles in his career.

"Definitely, I bring experience and just playmaking abilities and create turnovers and do what I can," Cason said. "I'm just glad to be here. It's a great situation."

The Ravens will need Cason to contribute immediately. Their other healthy cornerbacks are Lardarius Webb, Asa Jackson and Rashaan Melvin. Anthony Levine practiced on a limited basis after suffering a concussion Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but is expected to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Antoine brings a veteran presence," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He's a good player. He has been around. He's a physical player, good tackler, smart player. He has a lot of experience in big games, so we're very fortunate that he was available when we had a need at corner."

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