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Ravens sign 'Hard Knocks' star Charles James

Aug 7, 2015; Richmond, VA, USA; Houston Texans defensive back Charles James (31) looks on during joint practice with the Washington Redskins as part of day eight of training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 7, 2015; Richmond, VA, USA; Houston Texans defensive back Charles James (31) looks on during joint practice with the Washington Redskins as part of day eight of training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

If cornerback Charles James was smart enough to use the cameras of HBO's "Hard Knocks" as a marketing tool, the strategy paid off.

James, released by the Houston Texans during Saturday's final cutdown, signed with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, becoming a member of their practice squad. The Ravens released tight end Konrad Reuland from the scout team to free up a spot for James.

James' wacky socks, and gap-toothed smile endeared him to "Hard Knocks' viewers this summer, but the highlight of his preseason probably came in a game against the New Orleans Saints. James, given a chance to play running back for Houston, broke off a 73-yard touchdown run, but if was unfortunately negated by a penalty.

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Now that he's in Baltimore, he's already continuing his strong sock game.

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