On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Mar. 02, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Fri., Mar. 03, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Sat., Mar. 04, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Sat., Mar. 04, 2017 9:30 AM EST Cheerleader Tryouts Tryout to be part of the 2017 Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders!
  • Sun., Mar. 05, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Sat., Mar. 11, 2017 11:00 AM EST Playmaker Tryouts Tryout to become a Baltimore Ravens Playmaker!
  • Sat., Apr. 01, 2017 8:45 AM EDT Marching Ravens Auditions Come join us and become part of the best marching band in the NFL!
  • Thu., Apr. 27, 2017 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft will be held from April 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Fri., Apr. 28, 2017 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft will be held from April 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sat., Apr. 29, 2017 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft will be held from April 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.

News

Print
RSS

Former Players Providing Inside Info?

Posted Sep 19, 2012

The Ravens have former Patriot James Ihedigbo and the Pats have former Raven Cyhl Quarles.


As the Ravens and Patriots prepare for this Sunday’s matchup at M&T Bank Stadium, both teams can lean on a player in their secondary to glean some information about their opponent’s approach.

The Ravens signed veteran safety James Ihedigbo just before the start of the season after he was released by New England. Ihedigbo started 12 games last season for the Patriots. 

Soon after the Ravens signed Ihedigbo, the Patriots added undrafted rookie Cyhl Quarles to their practice squad on Sept. 12. Quarles spent all of training camp with the Ravens before he was released on final cutdown day.

Both teams could look to the safeties for some insight heading into Sunday.

"There’s always value to that, sure,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh joked that the Patriots are pressing Quarles for the inside scoop about the Ravens’ defense.

"I’m sure that he’s being put under the bright lights right now, being interrogated,” Harbaugh said.

Ihedigbo dismissed the idea that he would be able to provide any grand insight into the Patriots defensive schemes or approach.

"That hasn’t taken place at all,” Ihedigbo said. "They’re so well coached that anything I knew from last year, how beneficial would it be this year? We’re just preparing for what we see on film this year and getting prepared to play."

A key difference with the two players is that Ihedigbo could likely play a key role in the Ravens secondary this week, while Quarles will only see time on the practice field. Ihedigbo could end up getting the start if safety Bernard Pollard is out with a rib injury he sustained last week against Philadelphia.

"James is a smart player, tough kid, plays well in the kicking game, defensively,” Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick said. "[He is] very intelligent, can handle checks and adjustments and all of those kinds of things.”

It’s unclear how much insight a former player can really provide about his old team, as the Ravens and Patriots have swapped players like this in the past.

In 2009, the Ravens traded linebacker Prescott Burgess to New England two weeks before the teams faced off against one another. The Patriots then cut Burgess from the active roster and signed him to the practice squad in the week leading up to the game against Baltimore.

A day after that game, which the Patriots won 27-21, the Ravens re-signed Burgess off the Patriots practice squad and placed him on the active roster.

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos