Ravens' Cody has hill to climb

Ravens' Cody has hill to climb
June 2, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody (62) against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium.

(Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

There were some people who thought Terrence Cody was going to have a breakout season last year for the Ravens. Count me among those some people.

Such a dominant presence in college at Alabama, “Mount” Cody went in the second round of the 2010 draft to the Ravens, and he seemed destined to be that plug-up-the-middle run-stopper who could complement Haloti Ngata and make the Ravens linebacking corps that much more effective.

However, in his third season, Cody couldn’t hold a starting spot at defensive tackle, yielding to 33-year-old Ma’ake Kemoeatu.

Now, heading into 2013, Cody makes the list of “Six Ravens with the most to prove this offseason” by Sun blogger Matt Vensel. Cody is named first, and whether that is a matter of ranking or not, he surely does have as much to prove as any other returning Raven. As Vensel writes:

“Cody … has been a large disappointment in his first three seasons in the NFL. … Now, he is battling with Brandon Williams, whom the team drafted in the third round [in April], to start at nose tackle. First, though, Cody, who will be a free agent next spring, needs to convince the Ravens he still deserves a roster spot.”

So it’s come to that — he may not even be guaranteed a place on the roster. Mountains can tumble to the ground.