Lions sign CB Asa Jackson off Ravens' practice squad

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Asa Jackson

Allen Park -- The Detroit Lions moved quickly to find a replacement for injured cornerback Quandre Diggs, signing Asa Jackson off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad.

A fifth-round pick in 2012 out of California Polytechnic State, Jackson appeared in 18 games for the Ravens the past four years, including six starts in 2014. The signing reconnects the 5-foot-10, 183-pounder with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who served as the Ravens' secondary coach from 2009-13.

The Lions needed to make the move after losing Diggs to a season-ending shoulder injury. Jackson will provide depth and compete with undrafted rookie Adairius Barnes for snaps.

This is the second time under coach Jim Caldwell that the Lions have poached a player off the Ravens' practice squad, acquiring linebacker Josh Bynes through the same avenue in 2014.

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