Game Experience Helped Cox Win Job

The Ravens liked what they saw from Morgan Cox in his Panthers’ performance.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, August 14th, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Categories: 2010 Training Camp, Mike Duffy

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Morgan Cox’s offseason performance made the Ravens think he could be their future long snapper, but he needed to perform in live game action.

Cox’s perfect showing in the Ravens’ preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers was enough to convince them.

“He’s been doing a real good job throughout the offseason, and then throughout training camp, but you never want to make a move until you know in a game,” said Head Coach John Harbaugh.  “He did a nice job and we feel comfortable that he can be our snapper, so we’re going to go with the younger guy.”

Cox snapped on seven punts and two field goals last Thursday night.  The undrafted free agent out of the University of Tennessee said the moment at M&T Bank Stadium wasn’t too big.

“The big thing that I wanted to concentrate on was treating it like any other game,” said Cox.  “I didn’t want to think, ‘Oh man, this is my first game, how am I going to react?’  I really concentrated by thinking this could be my job.  I wanted all the reps, and I acted like I was the guy.”

Now that Cox is the guy, the Ravens released Matt Katula, who held Baltimore’s long snapping job for the past five years.  Katula, who signed a five-year contract extension in 2008, was officially waived Saturday.

Harbaugh said that the tendinitis that plagued Katula late last season wasn’t an issue in the decision.  He believes Katula will join another team soon.

“He’s fully healthy,” said Harbaugh.  “Matt’s a very good snapper. There’s no question he can do it in this league.  There are a couple of things that I think he’s still working on, that he’s still cleaning up a little bit.

“We have a young guy that looked good, and that’s the nature of the business.”

Cox holds nothing but respect for Katula, but is also excited about his opportunity to do what many undrafted rookies cannot – earn a roster spot.

“I really respect Matt,” noted Cox.  “He taught me a lot when we were competing together.  No. 1, about how the Ravens and this system works, and No. 2, about how to be a professional snapper.

“The main thing that I want to move forward with is snapping for the team, how I can make the team better.”

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