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Ravens announce deal with cornerback Charles James

The Denver Broncos' Isaiah Burse is pursued by the Houston Texans' Charles James (31) and Corey Moore (43) during the second half of a preseason game.
The Denver Broncos' Isaiah Burse is pursued by the Houston Texans' Charles James (31) and Corey Moore (43) during the second half of a preseason game. (Patric Schneider / Associated Press)

Two days after cornerback Charles James declared his intentions to join the Ravens practice squad, the team announced his signing Tuesday.

James is a 5-foot-9, 179-pound cornerback who played in 12 games with the New York Giants in 2013. Before he was let go last week by the Houston Texans, James had become one of the stars of the HBO show "Hard Knocks" for his play and versatility on the field and his outgoing personality off of it. His trademark is his eccentric socks on the practice field.

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James is also known as a solid special teams player, which could accelerate his promotion to the active roster. The Ravens have just five cornerbacks on their 53-man roster.

Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that the move was made on the recommendation of the team's scouts, and after watching film of James, he liked what he saw.

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"He's a feisty guy, he covers tight," Harbaugh said. "He's also [a] return guy, he played really well on special teams for the Giants and for the Texans. And we'll see how he does. He's going to come out here, get on the practice squad and compete.

"I love his personality. He told me he left his socks at home, but then I saw some socks in the locker room I didn't recognize. We don't have a sock rule at practice, so we'll see. It could get interesting out here."

In order to make room for James on the practice squad, the Ravens terminated the contract of tight end Konrad Reuland.

That means the Ravens' 10-man practice squad is comprised of quarterback Bryn Renner, wide receivers Jeremy Butler, Daniel Brown and Jeremy Ross, tight end Dominique Jones, offensive linemen Kaleb Johnson and De'Ondre Wesley, outside linebacker Brennen Beyer, James and safety Nick Perry.

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Baltimore Sun reporter Jon Meoli contributed to this article.

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