Former New England Patriots and New York Jets safety James Ihedigbo was an unsurprising cut on Friday from the Patriots, and it is no surprise that he has already found a suitor. Ihedigbo had a visit with the Baltimore Ravens yesterday and will play a big role on special teams in replacing the injured Emanuel Cook.
Ihedigbo might also receive some time at safety, but the Ravens have three safeties who are better in Ed Reed, Sean Considine, and Bernard Pollard. Ihedigbo and Pollard have essentially the same skill-set, as both are good run stopper but are poor in coverage. However, Pollard is a better, more consistent player against the run and doesn’t get beat as easily in coverage.
The big thing here is that Ihedigbo clearly has talent as a tackle and can make solid plays against the run; it’s just that he’s terrible in coverage and that keeps him from being anything more than a mediocre third safety. The general thought is that the Ravens will primarily use the former AFC East safety on special teams with him getting a few looks at safety. But otherwise, the Ravens already have three guys who have more talent.
This is if the Ravens like what Ihedigbo has to offer to them, and I feel like there is a fit there with his ability on special teams, and the Ravens could use some depth at the safety position.
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