After visiting the Baltimore Ravens, former New England Patriots and New York Jets safety James Ihedigbo has tweeted that he has signed with the Baltimore Ravens and is “honored” to play for the organization.
A special teams star, Ihedigbo is regarded for his solid play against the run but has earned a reputation for blowing coverage more often than he makes a good play against the run. He will be the fourth safety on the depth chart behind Hall of Famer Ed Reed (I can’t imagine how awesome it is for Ihedigbo to learn from him), Tom Brady killer Bernard Pollard (he’s actually a good guy), and Sean McDermott favorite Sean Considine (I wonder if it’s because they share the same name).
So really, Ihedigbo is looking at a lot of special teams reps and very little time at safety. Still, it’s better than being the fifth best safety on the New England Patriots. Overall, he is a mediocre player who provides solid veteran depth and can make big plays on special teams.
Pollard and Ihedigbo, as I mentioned earlier today, have the same strengths and weaknesses, except Pollard offers more as a blitzing safety, is a top run stopping safety, and is a little less apt at blowing coverage. Ihedigbo has found a nice niche with the Ravens, and let’s see if he learns something- especially about covering- from Reed.
I used to cover the Oregon Ducks, so I’ll also mention that the Ravens added quarterback Dennis Dixon (former Ducks star and Heisman candidate) to their practice squad. He’s a good project QB to have and used to play for the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
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