Baltimore Ravens: Terrence Cody

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens scratched backup nose tackle Terrence Cody even though they activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list this week.

Cody, a second-round draft pick in 2010, was sidelined for most of the year because of offseason hip surgery. The Ravens are going with five defensive linemen by making Cody and DeAngelo Tyson (who started four games this season) both inactive.

Cornerback Rashaan Melvin is inactive after being signed off the Miami Dolphins' practice squad on Saturday.

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DT Terrence Cody, DE DeAngelo Tyson, C Gino Gradkowski, OL Jah Reid (hand), CB Rashaan Melvin, WR Michael Campanaro (hamstring) and S Brynden Trawick

Examining Ravens' roster moves

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The Baltimore Ravens made a couple of roster moves on Tuesday, adding nose tackle Terrence Cody and cornerback Tramain Jacobs to the 53-man roster and cutting cornerback Chykie Brown and tight end Phillip Supernaw.

Here is what the moves likely mean.

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Cody, who was on the Physically Unable to Perform list after offseason hip surgery, is expected to back up Brandon Williams at nose tackle. Cody brings more size to an already strong interior of the defensive line, which is a major reason why the Ravens rank No. 6 in the NFL in run defense. The addition of Cody could mean reduced playing time in the rotation for DeAngelo Tyson, who has struggled for most of the season. Cody, a second-round pick in 2010, re-signed with the Ravens this season for one-year, $730,000.

Jacobs, an undrafted rookie from Texas A&M who was on the practice squad, likely won't be pushed into action right away even though the Ravens have only two other healthy cornerbacks (Lardarius Webb and Dominique Franks). Brown played only 13 of the 69 snaps (19 percent) on Sunday night, and that was primarily later in the game. The Ravens have been going with Matt Elam as the nickel back. Jacobs became a favorite of the coaching staff during training camp. The Ravens believe Jacobs has great upside as a cover corner. His biggest problem is reducing penalties, which were a problem in the preseason.

Brown is the third member of the eight-player 2011 draft class to get let go, joining wide receiver Tandon Doss (fourth round) and running back Anthony Allen (seventh round). He ranked 176th out of 199 CBs in NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. A fifth-round pick three years ago, Brown had given up 11 catches for 260 yards (23.6-yard average) this season. A starter in the season opener, Brown was benched after giving up the winning 77-yard touchdown to A.J. Green. He then was beaten for a 54-yard touchdown by Antonio Brown on Sunday night in what would become his final game with the Ravens.

Supernaw, who played 22 snaps on special teams Sunday night, is expected to head back to the practice squad after playing the last two games. He made his first career catch Sunday night, but it was for minus-2 yards.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn't tipping his hand on whether safety Will Hill or nose tackle Terrence Cody will play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

 Asked whether everyone will have to wait to see if the Ravens make a move before Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline, Harbaugh said, "You will. Yes, that's an affirmative."

Hill is on an exempt list until Monday after being suspended for the first six games of the season. He has practiced all week and could provide much-needed help to a safety group that has struggled this season.

Cody is on the Physically Unable to Perform list after having offseason hip surgery. He is also eligible to play for the first time this season and has practiced this week.

In order for either to play Sunday, the Ravens have to release someone currently on the 53-man roster by Saturday afternoon.

Harbaugh said he has a "pretty good idea" already on whether Hill or Cody will play.

"I think they're both capable of playing," Harbaugh said. "It depends on some other things. There is a domino effect with some of that. They're both capable of playing physically. They're both ready. They had a good week of practice. They showed that they're ready to play."
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens' defense will see two familiar faces return to the practice field this week.

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Free safety Will Hill (suspension) and nose tackle Terrence Cody (physically unable to perform list) will try to convince the Ravens they're ready to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons after an extended period of being sidelined.

Hill completed his six-game suspension, and the Ravens get a one-week exemption with Hill before having to make a roster move. The Ravens could use Hill, a former starter with the New York Giants, because Matt Elam and Darian Stewart are among the worst-rated coverage safeties in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

After playing in the preseason for the Ravens, Hill couldn't practice during his suspension, but he did attend meetings and work out at team headquarters. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the decision on whether to play Hill on Sunday will come down to where he's at physically.

"He's been in every meeting, so he should be caught up mentally," Harbaugh said. "Being out on the field is a different perspective. We'll just have to see how he looks in practice. You've got to mix it in with how he fits, what our personnel looks like. If he can help us and is the best fit on the 46[-man active roster], then he would be."

Cody, who had hip surgery this offseason, hasn't practiced since last season. The Ravens have a three-week window on whether to add Cody to the 53-man roster or keep him on PUP, which would end his season.

After re-signing with the Ravens in free agency, Cody would provide some experienced depth behind Brandon Williams. Injuries have hit the Ravens' defensive line all season. Two defensive ends -- Brent Urban (anterior cruciate ligament) and Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles) -- are done for the season, and two others -- defensive end Chris Canty (infection in wrist) and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee) -- have missed games.

The Ravens are eager to see what he can do on the field after an impressive rehab.

"I've seen him do some things in there that we've never seen him do before from an athletic standpoint as far as him being healthy with his hips," Harbaugh said. "He's in great shape. People look at a 335-pound man and say 'How can he be in great shape?' Well, he is. His body fat is down around 20 percent, which is pretty darn good for a big man. He's ready to go. He's chomping at the bit."
With the Baltimore Ravens' final preseason game quickly approaching, let's click open a special edition of the Twitter mailbag ...

@jamisonhensley: These are two different situations. With Jah Reid, he's the team's best option at backup offensive tackle, unless you want to move Kelechi Osemele from left guard when either Eugene Monroe or Rick Wagner get hurt. Reid hasn't lived up to expectations of being a third-round pick and he gets injured a lot. In fact, he's dealing with a concussion right now. But he is better than James Hurst and Parker Graham. As for nose tackle Terrence Cody, he's on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from offeseason hip surgery. Cody won't count against the 53-man roster if he remains on PUP. The Ravens, though, could use Cody for depth. Right now, the backup nose tackle is undrafted rookie Derrick Hopkins, who may not make the final cuts. The Ravens can use Cody this season with all the injuries to the defensive line. @jamisonhensley: I admit that I've been waffling on John Simon's roster status. For most of the roster projections this summer, I've had Simon making the team. He's a hard-nosed outside linebacker who was drafted in the fourth round a year ago. But, after analyzing the roster again, I'm not sure if Simon makes the 53-man roster this year. The Ravens have quality backups at both outside linebacker spots in Pernell McPhee and Courtney Upshaw (who actually splits time with Elvis Dumervil). There's also reserve linebackers on the team (Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan) who are better special teams players than Simon. So, Simon is definitely on the bubble. @jamisonhensley: The Ravens' running game looked really good early in the preseason. The Ravens actually led the NFL in rushing after two games. But the ground game took a step backward Saturday against the Washington Redskins. The Ravens didn't look prepared for the Redskins stacking the line and sending several run blitzes. That's why offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak altered the plan and started throwing the ball more, because that's what the Redskins defense was giving the Ravens. When a defense is that committed to stopping the run like the Redskins were, I'm not sure there is an improvement to make. An offense has to start throwing the ball to force the defense to back off. That's what the Ravens did.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he doesn't know yet when injured nose tackle Terrence Cody will return.

Cody is on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he is recovering from offseason hip surgery.

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"He's progressing well," Harbaugh said. "He's done a really good job. Whether he's ready to play yet or not, we'll have to decide and determine. I don't want to say at this time. We really don't know."

The Ravens have a couple of options with Cody. They could activate him any time up until Saturday, which could push someone like linebacker Albert McClellan or safety Brynden Trawick off the 53-man roster. The Ravens are in need of another defensive lineman, and Cody can serve as the primary backup to starter Brandon Williams.

The more likely scenario is putting Cody on the Reserve PUP list when the final cut is made Saturday. He wouldn't count against the 53-man roster, but he would be prevented from playing and practicing during the first six weeks of the season.

The Ravens re-signed Cody to a one-year, $730,000 contract during free agency. He was their second-round draft pick in 2010.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- It's time to Cowboy Up, Baltimore Ravens.

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That is what you could draw from coach John Harbaugh's comments, which have a particular Western theme for this year's Ravens training camp. Harbaugh is using a common poker term as one of his catch phrases this summer and ended his news conference Tuesday with a closing statement that could have come out of a Clint Eastwood film.

"There are many battles looming on the upcoming horizons, and we’ll be riding into the sun," Harbaugh told reporters in his first media session leading up to camp.

Harbaugh was asked whether he had come up with a slogan for this year's camp. The one he talked at length about was "All in," which is more associated with Texas Hold'em than the football field.

"'All in' is something we’re going to talk about," Harbaugh said. "What does it really mean to be ‘all in’ on something? To be completely committed to something? Who do you do it for? Why do you do it? Those [are the] kinds of things we’ll be talking to [the players] about.”

The Ravens' first full-team training camp practice is Thursday morning.

Here are some other notes:
  • Running back Bernard Pierce (shoulder) and offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) have been cleared to practice after missing most of the offseason workouts. "My shoulder definitely got a lot better," Pierce told The Baltimore Sun. Pierce is expected to fill in for Ray Rice if the starting running back is suspended by the NFL.
  • There is no timetable for the return of backup nose tackle Terrence Cody, who was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list while recovering from offseason hip surgery. "He’s coming along. He’s doing a good job," Harbaugh said. "He’s very determined. He thinks with that hip being healthy that he’s going to be able to show what he can do for the first time in his career. I’m hoping he’s right. I’d like to see his best.”
  • Linebacker Rolando McClain, who was traded by the Ravens on July 1, reported to Dallas Cowboys training camp, according to ESPN.com's Todd Archer. He might have to leave soon, however. McClain is due in Decatur (Alabama) Municipal Court on Friday after Judge Bill Cook Jr. declined to delay a trial stemming from charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
  • In other ex-Ravens news, linebacker Jameel McClain was carted off the field on Tuesday, the first day of New York Giants' training camp. He had X-rays on his foot, which were negative, a source told ESPN.com’s Josina Anderson.
Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe joined the Baltimore Ravens' list of no-shows at the final voluntary camp of the year.

Monroe had participated in the first three weeks of offseason practices.

He was among the seven absent starters: outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil; defensive tackle Haloti Ngata: guard Marshal Yanda; inside linebacker Daryl Smith; and defensive end Chris Canty.

Offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) and defensive tackle Terrence Cody (hip) didn't practice.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave an update on all of his injured players:
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  • DT Terrence Cody had hip surgery and has "a chance" to be back for training camp. This is less than two months after Cody said he was fully healthy and didn't need any surgeries. Cody had hip surgery last year.
  • RB Bernard Pierce participated in individual drills and caught some passes. He was expected to be out until training camp after having offseason shoulder surgery. "[He] may be a little bit ahead of schedule, maybe," Harbaugh said. "[It’s] just the fact that we really didn’t expect him to do that at this point, so he’s really working hard."
  • OT Jah Reid strained his calf last week and could miss the rest of the offseason workouts. He also has a June 4 court date for his misdemeanor battery charge in Key West, Florida.
  • DE Brent Urban has been practicing the past couple of days after sitting out last week's rookie minicamp. The fourth-round pick has been recovering from offseason ankle surgery and thought the earliest he would return would be the end of May.
  • DE Kapron Lewis-Moore had another full week of practice. A sixth-round pick out of Notre Dame from last year, Lewis-Moore was sidelined all of last season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the national championship game. "[He has] no effects from the knee surgery," Harbaugh said, "and he looks good out there."
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    G-OT Kelechi Osemele is at full strength after having season-ending back surgery in November.
  • WR Aaron Mellette has been practicing sporadically while still recovering from last year's knee surgery. He spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after suffering two cartilage tears. "It’s been flaring up and swelling up when he works doing different things," Harbaugh said. "He was out there [Thursday] and looked good, and we’ll see how he responds [Friday]. We had some issues."
  • WR Michael Campanaro remains sidelined after pulling a hamstring last week. "He’s working hard to get back," Harbaugh said of the rookie seventh-round pick who played his high school football in the Baltimore area. "Hopefully, he’ll be back next week as soon as possible. I’m on him pretty hard about it. Local boy -- he needs to be out there."
  • OT James Hurst "is fine" with the broken leg he sustained at the end of his college season. "There are no remnants of that," Harbaugh said of the undrafted rookie out of North Carolina.
  • OLB Adrian Hamilton has fully recovered from wrist surgey. He spent last season on injured reserve.
All week, the Baltimore Ravens blog will take a look at what the team can learn from each of its previous five drafts:

The Baltimore Ravens made the wrong decision on medical and character risks in 2010.

This was the draft when the Ravens didn't have tight end Rob Gronkowski on their draft board because of health concerns but made pass-rusher Sergio Kindle their top pick despite numerous red flags.

Like many teams, the Ravens were worried about Gronkowski's long-term health after repeated back issues. Drafted one spot ahead of Kindle, Gronkowski set NFL records for most touchdowns in a season by a tight end (18 in 2011) and most consecutive seasons with at least 10 touchdowns by a tight end (three). Injuries have caught up with Gronkowski but not until he produced two All-Pro seasons.

The Ravens traded out of the first round because the Denver Broncos wanted to to take quarterback Tim Tebow at No. 25, and they chose Kindle at No. 43 despite reports that he had four procedures on his right knee and two car accidents (including a DWI charge). When questioned repeatedly about Kindle's character on draft day, general manager Ozzie Newsome sounded defensive when he said, "I'll tell you what, he's a pretty good player on tape."

Kindle's career was cut short by an accident that occurred three months after the Ravens drafted him. He was ruled out of training camp before he even reported there because he fractured his skull after falling down two flights of stairs. His troubles continued in December 2010, when he was arrested for driving under the influence.

Kindle played two games in 2011 and one in 2012, recording a grand total of one tackle. The Ravens put Kindle on the practice squad in November 2012 and was released him two months later. He tried out for the New York Giants and Chicago Bears last year, but he wasn't signed.

Here's how the Ravens' 2010 draft graded out five years later (based on production and weighted with where they were drafted):
  • Sergio Kindle, LB (second round): F. He'll be remembered as the worst top pick of any Ravens draft.
  • Terrence Cody, NT (second round): C. Cody was a full-time starter for one season. He is a rotational player who is fighting for a roster spot this year.
  • Ed Dickson, TE (third round): C-plus. Dickson looked like he was on his way to being an impact player in 2011, when he caught 54 passes and five touchdowns. Then, drops and lack of confidence led to 46 catches and one touchdown in his last two seasons with the Ravens.
  • Dennis Pitta, TE (fourth round): A-minus. He has become Joe Flacco's security blanket on third downs and in the red zone. His production has fallen short of being Pro Bowl caliber.
  • David Reed, WR (fifth round): C-minus. He showed flashes of being a playmaker as a kickoff returner. Fumbles and lack of production as a receiver (five catches in three seasons) sealed his fate.
  • Arthur Jones, DT (fifth round): A-minus. Jones got better each season and made big plays for the Ravens during their Super Bowl run. He was the Ravens' best defensive lineman last season and priced himself out of the Ravens' range in free agency.
  • Ramon Harewood, OT (sixth round): D. His first two seasons ended on injured reserve. Harewood started the first five games of 2012 at left guard before being replaced by Bobbie Williams.
The Baltimore Ravens used a total of $2.14 million of salary-cap space when they signed three players Friday, including tight end Owen Daniels, according to contract information obtained by ESPN Stats & Information.

Daniels, 31, signed a one-year, $1 million contract, which included no signing bonus or guaranteed money. This is quite a bargain for a tight end who made the Pro Bowl two years ago. The price for Daniels was low because he only played 11 games last season after breaking his leg. He had made free-agent visits to the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins.

Defensive tackle Terrence Cody and running back Justin Forsett both signed one-year, $730,000 contracts. They will each count $570,000 against the cap because the deals were for the veteran minimum.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens finished their busiest day of free agency by retaining nose tackle Terrence Cody.

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The Ravens needed another defensive lineman as part of their rotation after losing Arthur Jones in free agency. Cody, though, will have to fight to get on this year's roster. Baltimore signed Cody to a one-year deal (likely for the league minimum), which allows the team to still draft a defensive lineman.

Besides keeping Cody, the Ravens also officially signed tight end Owen Daniels and running back Justin Forsett.

Cody has been a disappointment as a 2010 second-round pick, but he's young (turns 26 in June) and has experience (56 games played in four seasons). He started 16 games in 2011 after long-time nose tackle Kelly Gregg was cut. But Cody was replaced in the starting lineup in the Ravens' Super Bowl season by Ma'ake Kemoeatu and served as a backup the past two seasons.

Injuries hurt Cody last season. He had hip surgery in the offseason and then missed four games after spraining his knee.

"I can be a lot better now that I'm full-go and actually healthy for the first time in a while," Cody said Friday after signing his deal. "It's going to be a lot of good things this season."

Cody and tight end Dennis Pitta are the only players remaining from the Ravens' 2010 draft class. The others selected by the Ravens that year were linebacker Sergio Kindle (second round), tight end Ed Dickson (third round), wide receiver David Reed (fifth round), defensive tackle Arthur Jones (fifth round), and offensive tackle Ramon Harewood (sixth round).
Let's continue the ranking of the Baltimore Ravens' 13 unrestricted free agents:

No. 10: TERRENCE CODY

Position: Nose tackle

The good: Unlike linebacker Sergio Kindle, who was taken 14 spots before Cody in the 2010 draft, Cody wasn't a complete bust. He started every game in 2011 and finished with 21 starts in four seasons. His biggest contribution was flattening the Kansas City Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, forcing a fumble and knocking the speedy running back out of a 2010 AFC wild-card game.

The bad: His four seasons with the Ravens were disappointing. When they selected Cody in the second round, the Ravens envisioned him as the long-term replacement for Kelly Gregg. Instead, in 2012, Cody lost his starting job to Ma'ake Kemoeatu, who had been out of football for a year. Last season, he missed four games with a knee injury. His final regular-season stats: 87 tackles, no sacks, two passes defensed, no forced fumbles and no fumble recoveries.

The bottom line: The Ravens will only bring him back if they feel they need experienced depth on the interior of the defensive line. Brandon Williams, a third-round pick in 2013, should see an increase in playing time at nose tackle in his second season. For that reason, the odds are against Cody returning.

Art Jones is inactive for the Ravens

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CINCINNATI -- Art Jones, the Baltimore Ravens' best defensive lineman this season, is inactive for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Jones, who leads the Ravens' linemen in tackles (52) and sacks (four), didn't practice all week after suffering a concussion last Sunday. This marks the first time he is inactive since the season opener.

The Ravens will likely start Terrence Cody or DeAngelo Tyson in place of Jones.

Four Ravens starters will play after being listed as questionable on Friday's injury report: running back Ray Rice (thigh), wide receiver Torrey Smith (thigh), linebacker Elvis Dumervil (ankle) and center Gino Gradkowski (ankle).

Here's the Ravens' complete inactive list: DL Art Jones, CB Asa Jackson, S Omar Brown, C Ryan Jensen, WR Deonte Thompson, LB John Simon and TE Dallas Clark.

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