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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.

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.


"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."