The Baltimore Ravens spent most of this offseason revamping their 17th ranked defense from a year ago by drafting heavily on the defensive side early and signing veteran free agents. With the vast improvement of personnel on the defense, will former second round pick Terrence Cody see any playing time in 2013?
First, let's state the obvious, at some point Cody will be on the football field in 2013 either due to injury, a blow out, or earning the time, but he is in trouble of finding a permanent spot on the bench in 2013.
Let's examine the additions the Ravens made to their defensive line this offseason.
Baltimore drafted Brandon Williams in the third round of this year's draft and is considered a very powerful and legitimate NFL talent and has a real chance at starting on this defensive line, if not being the first man in relief so to speak.
On the free agent market, Baltimore brought in Chris Canty and Marcus Spears, two proven NFL veterans that instantly make this defense better and most of all, will allow Haloti Ngata to play more inside that will instantly make him better.
With the depth that Baltimore has on the defensive line, Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees will be able to form quite a rotation that will also keep Ngata more healthy as he will get some rest during games. The depth however, could also mean doom for Cody, especially since he is still trying to work his way back from offseason hip surgery that has kept him out of all the spring practices for the Ravens thus far.
It is expected that Cody will be competing with Williams for a starting spot, but again Cody's health could leave the Ravens with simply giving the starting job to Williams. Not to be overlooked however, is the possibility of Canty or Spears playing tackle as well, thus keeping both Williams and Cody off the field. Canty and Spears are very versatile and really bring a ton of options to this defense.
Cody has not done anything through his three year career that grants him any guarantees of playing time if he is healthy. He has been one of the standout disappointments and weaknesses on the Ravens defense the past couple of years and has never tallied more than 34 tackles in a season and has yet to record a sack in his career. Cody is said to be a run stopper, but has also disappointed on this front as well.
Bottom line is that Cody will have to finally live up to the potential that has surrounded him ever since the Ravens drafted him in the second round in the 2010 NFL Draft or he could find himself standing on the sidelines in 2013, which oh by the way is the last year of his contract.
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