Will Canty be a key offseason addition?

Will Canty be a key offseason addition?
June 29, 2013, 10:00 am
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Chris Canty already won a Super Bowl with the Giants. He would like to win another with the Ravens.

The addition of Canty during free agency is one of those subtle offseason moves that could pay huge dividends. Canty should see regular reps at either defensive tackle or defensive end. Entering his ninth NFL season, and fully recovered from a knee injury suffered with the Giants, Canty's work stood out during minicamp. Listed at 6-foot-7, 317 pounds, Canty caught the eye of senior defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo.

“He’s bigger than I thought,” Spagnuolo said. “You can’t coach that height. He puts his hands up? Man. There’s not a coach in the world that can take a six-foot guy and do that. He’s been very impressive to me.”

The Baltimore Sun described Canty’s minicamp performance as “dominant.” What was Canty’s take?

"I wouldn’t go that far,’’ Canty said Thursday on NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk. "We were running around in shorts and tee shirts out there. It’s not real football. But it was obviously an opportunity to get better. Anytime you step on the football field you try to improve. Just excited with where I’m at physically, finally healthy. I’m looking forward to carrying that into training camp."

Canty’s presence is part of a Ravens’ defense clearly in transition. No Ray Lewis. No Ed Reed. When training camp starts, new faces on defense will be plentiful, including tackles Marcus Spears and Brandon Williams, linebackers Elvis Dumervil, Arthur Brown, and Daryl Smith, and safeties Michael Huff and Matt Elam. Playing time will be up for grabs. Clear roles have yet to be defined.

However, the Ravens hope the edition of Canty, Spears, and Williams strengthens their run defense and helps Pro Bowl tackle Haloti Ngata return to dominant form. There is no doubt the Ravens’ defense will look different in 2013. Canty was acquired to help make it better.