Chris Canty has played nine seasons in the NFL, and he's never played on a losing team. But last year's 8-8 mark with the Ravens equaled his worst record as a pro and left him hungry to improve in 2014.
“I was disappointed with my first season from an individual standpoint to a team standpoint," Canty said after the team's final minicamp workout on Thursday.
"I want our team to improve, and anything that I can do to help our team improve – that’s what I’m about," he added.
Canty signed a three-year, $8 million deal with the Ravens last year after four seasons with the Giants that included a Super Bowl title. So for the second time in his career, he found himself playing on the defending Super Bowl champions. And for the second time, that team failed to make the playoffs after winning the Super Bowl.
Canty missed one game last season with a groin injury and finished the season with 30 tackles, two sacks and four pass breakups. He had 47 tackles and four sacks in 2011, the last time he played in all 16 games. Canty has the ability to disrupt the passing game with his rushing ability as well as with his hands, extending well above his 6-foot-7 frame.
The Ravens are hoping Canty can be more of a pass-rushing menace and run-stuffer this year and bring a veteran presence to a defensive line that will feature several young players. Canty opted to skip the team's voluntary OTA activities, but lest anyone think he was taking it easy, Canty reported to the mandatory minicamp in good shape. He said that is a critical piece of putting last year's 8-8 mark behind him.
"I made a commitment this offseason to make sure that I came back in great shape and in better shape than I was this time last year," he said. "I tried to make sure that my body was healthy so I can do all I can do to help this football team improve.”