Now we’re getting into the territory of players who are fighting for their Baltimore careers, and Terrence Cody should be sweating right now because of the talented duo of Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan. Both players are suited to playing inside at the nose tackle, which could shove Cody out of the rotation.
Cody has the edge on them thanks to his gargantuan frame, but it doesn’t really help him remain stout in the middle and take on double-teams. And without that his size is somewhat nullified.
Cody’s roster spot will be determined by the shuffling that happens across the defensive line and how the depth chart shapes up.
For example, if Kapron Lewis-Moore or DeAngelo Tyson is good enough to step into Arthur Jones’ shoes, William/Jernigan/Ngata should be able to lock down all the nose tackle reps, making Cody expendable.
On the other hand, if Ngata/Williams/Jernigan need to take on more responsibility at defensive end, that would free up a spot for Cody as a backup nose tackle.
Ultimately, the Ravens know what they’re going to get from Terrence Cody, which is why they re-signed him to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal. His fate is out of his hands and will be decided by the other young defensive linemen on the team.