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Ravens have lost benefit of doubt in taking chances with character

Posted on 20 March 2015 by Luke Jones

Less than a month ago, Steve Bisciotti said the Ravens “took a crash” last season with the Ray Rice saga and four other offseason arrests.

His comments were made in the midst of director of security Darren Sanders’ legals problems and a few weeks after the release of defensive tackle Terrence Cody (felony animal cruelty). Since Bisciotti suggested these kinds of off-field problems “come in waves,” cornerback Victor Hampton and running back Bernard Pierce were each arrested on driving under the influence charges and promptly released.

Any sliver of a benefit of the doubt that might have remained following a nightmarish 2014 calendar year is now gone, regardless of the extensive list of high-character individuals who do exist in the organization.

“In order to take a hit to your reputation, you have to have a pretty good reputation to start with, and we did,” Bisciotti said on Feb. 24. “Now, it’s about proving that it was an aberration, and we believe that to be the case. Are we a little more aware? Yes, I think specifically if you go back to the Ray Rice thing, we certainly are more aware. We’ve been able to tap resources in the community that have furthered our knowledge, our sensitivity and our responsibility.”

There’s only so much that can be done to prevent current members of your organization from getting in trouble. You can look for gaps or needs in your player development program and try to monitor off-field behavior as much as you’d like, but they’re ultimately grown men who make their own choices.

The Ravens have followed through with Bisciotti’s mention of showing more responsibility by disposing of Cody, Hampton, and Pierce, even if they weren’t expected to be notable performers for the 2015 Ravens. It remains to be seen what would happen — and the Ravens hope they won’t be faced with the possibility — if a star performer were to be arrested.

But it would be even better if players — insignificant ones or not — weren’t finding trouble in the first place. Even after ridding themselves of the three players arrested this offseason, the stigma remains with the Ravens.

And that’s where the organization needs to be more proactive and vigilant with the player additions that they make, for reasons of both perception and reality. The Ravens have long taken pride in providing an environment for second chances, but they’re not in a position to do that right now.

“The one area we will definitely take a hard look – and it will be tough for us to bring a player to Baltimore – is someone who has domestic abuse in their background,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said last month. “Other than that, we’ll exhaust every character aspect of the player, but we believe in allowing the information to lead us to a decision when we deal with that. Our scouts do an unbelievable job of getting information when they are on the campuses.”

The standard needs to be higher with not only domestic violence concerns but in any matters that raise red flags away from the field. No breath can be wasted on draft prospects such as talent wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham or other outside additions with any inkling of past trouble.

It’s the current climate in which the organization is living in the wake of the last 13 months.

A few years ago, the Ravens enjoyed the benefit of the doubt in drafting a player with character concerns coming out of college like cornerback Jimmy Smith, but they’re no longer living in that world. While no one would have predicted what happened with Rice, let’s not pretend that Hampton and Pierce — the two most recently arrested — had spotless backgrounds.

Does staying away from questionable character narrow the talent pool? Yes, but not to the point where the Ravens won’t be able to compete given their ability to find good football players.

An isolated incident here or there is unavoidable, but eight player arrests in 13 months can’t be viewed as an aberration if you really care about your image.

The organization has a problem and must do better in bringing in players they can trust on and off the field.

Or the positive reputation the Ravens once enjoyed will be lost for good.


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Former Ravens defensive tackle Cody indicted for animal cruelty

Posted on 02 February 2015 by Luke Jones

On the same day the Ravens officially terminated Terrence Cody’s contract, it was revealed just how much trouble the defensive tackle is in with the law.

Baltimore County Police announced Monday that the 26-year-old was indicted for animal cruelty that allegedly involves a dog and an alligator. Cody posted $10,000 bail and was released after being processed.

According to the state attorney’s office, the 2010 second-round pick is facing 15 counts, which include two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty involving a dog, five counts of animal abuse or neglect involving a dog, one count of illegal possession of an alligator, five counts of animal abuse or neglect of an alligator, a count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and a count of marijuana possession.

Of those charges, the felony counts carry the most severe penalty of up to three years in prison.

Needless to say, where Cody might play football next season is the least of his worries at the moment. He was limited to just one game and nine total snaps after spending the first half of the 2014 season recovering from offseason hip surgery.

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Ravens to terminate defensive tackle Cody’s contract after Super Bowl

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Luke Jones

The Ravens announced Friday their intentions to terminate the contract of veteran defensive tackle Terrence Cody after the Super Bowl.

The timing of the move was unusual with Cody scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March anyway, but news of him being investigated for animal cruelty brought context as the 2010 second-round pick was already unlikely to return in 2015. According to The Sun, no charges have been filed yet and the case involves a dog.

Head coach John Harbaugh acknowledged at his season-ending press conference earlier this month that the organization’s tolerance level has changed following an embarrassing offseason a year ago that included the Ray Rice saga and four other player arrests.

“It’s a privilege to play in the National Football League. It’s a privilege to be a part of the Ravens,” Harbaugh said. “There’s a standard to uphold there, and we expect them to. We’ve always expected them to do that. But I would think that it will be a little bit shorter leeway maybe than it’s been in the past.”

Re-signed to a one-year, $730,000 contract in early April, Cody was a non-factor for the Ravens in 2014 as he began the season on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from offseason hip surgery. Activated in early November, Cody played in just one game as younger players passed him on the depth chart.

His termination brings a disappointing five-year run with the Ravens to an end as the Alabama standout never lived up to expectations. His best season came in 2011 when he started 16 games at nose tackle and made 34 tackles, but he was supplanted by veteran Ma’ake Kemoeatu the following year and saw his playing time steadily decrease over the last three seasons.

Though not nearly as disappointing as fellow 2010 second-round pick Sergio Kindle, Cody will forever be remembered as a member of one of the forgettable draft classes in franchise history as only fourth-round tight end Dennis Pitta and fifth-round defensive tackle Arthur Jones went on to become reliable starters. Pitta is the only member of that class remaining with the organization, but his future remains unclear after suffering two serious hip injuries in 14 months.

In 57 career games, Cody has collected 87 tackles and two pass breakups.

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Ravens make several changes to 53-man roster Tuesday

Posted on 04 November 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens made several changes to their 53-man roster Tuesday headlined by the decision to cut cornerback Chykie Brown and move defensive tackle Terrence Cody to the active roster.

Baltimore also promoted cornerback Tramain Jacobs and waived tight end Phillip Supernaw as they now prepare for Sunday’s meeting with the Tennessee Titans.

A 2011 fifth-round pick, Brown struggled throughout the summer and had seen his playing time decrease through the first two months of the regular season. After entering training camp as the Ravens’ No. 3 cornerback, Brown was a healthy scratch in Weeks 7 and 8 before he was pressed into duty in Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh with top cornerback Jimmy Smith sidelined.

Brown played 13 defensive snaps against the Steelers, but he was burned in coverage on Antonio Brown’s 54-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. It was apparent that defensive coordinator Dean Pees had lost all confidence in Brown when the Ravens began using strong safety Matt Elam at the nickel position instead of a third cornerback earlier this season.

The Ravens were forced to make a decision on Cody as his 21-day window to practice while still being on the reserve physically unable to perform list had expired. It remains unclear how Cody, a run-stopping defensive tackle, will fit into the rotation with Brandon Williams and Haloti Ngata both playing so well and rookie Timmy Jernigan emerging as a reliable reserve.

Jacobs is a rookie free agent from Texas A&M who impressed coaches with his performance during training camp, earning him an invitation to join the practice squad. With Brown being leg go, the 5-foot-11 Jacobs becomes the Ravens’ third healthy cornerback behind starters Lardarius Webb and Dominique Franks while Smith continues to recover from a mid-foot sprain expected to keep him out until at least after the Week 11 bye week.

Baltimore’s pass defense currently ranks 24th in the NFL and is allowing 263 yards per game through the air.

Supernaw would figure to be invited back to the practice squad should he clear waivers as his role diminished with the return of starting tight end Owen Daniels against the Steelers on Sunday.

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Will Ravens find spot to activate defensive tackle Cody?

Posted on 04 November 2014 by Luke Jones

As the Ravens move on from the disappointment of their 43-23 loss to Pittsburgh, they now face a roster decision regarding defensive tackle Terrence Cody.

The fifth-year lineman began the season on the reserve physically unable to perform list while continuing to rehab from offseason hip surgery. However, Cody has been practicing since Oct. 15, meaning his 21-day practice window — which allows him not to count against the active roster — is coming to an end and the Ravens must make a decision on his status. Baltimore is faced with three options: place him on the 53-man roster, send him to injured reserve, or waive him.

Will the Ravens make room for Cody?

“We’ll let you know. That’s certainly something we’d like to be able to do,” head coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “We have to figure out how we’re going to do it if we can. Terrence has done a good job. He looks good. He’s healthy. But we have to figure out the roster spot for that. We don’t have that answer right now.”

Under NFL rules, a team must make a decision by 4 p.m. the day after the 21-day window has concluded, which would presumably mean the Ravens must choose what to do with the 2010 second-round pick by Wednesday afternoon. General manager Ozzie Newsome re-signed Cody to a one-year, $730,000 contract in early April, but it became apparent last season that the 345-pound tackle had fallen out of favor as he played only 240 snaps, his lowest total since his rookie year when he was backing up longtime nose tackle Kelly Gregg.

A few weeks ago, there would have been more of a need for Cody as defensive linemen Chris Canty and Timmy Jernigan were sidelined with injuries, but both have made their returns to the field. Canty’s return would appear to make reserve defensive end Lawrence Guy expendable, but one could argue that the Ravens could make better use for that roster spot — such as potentially finding another cornerback — than adding another run-stopping tackle with the way Brandon Williams and Haloti Ngata have played this season.

Harbaugh was pleased with Canty’s performance as he played 30 snaps against Pittsburgh following a four-game absence due to surgery for a wrist infection. The experience left Canty unable to do much of anything for a few weeks as the staph infection needed to be addressed.

“He wasn’t in the greatest shape,” Harbaugh said. “He couldn’t do anything until this week, and he played 30-plus snaps and he was fine. He played really well. That’s a big plus for us.”

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Veteran cornerback Ross tears Achilles tendon prior to first day of camp

Posted on 24 July 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens began their first full-squad workout of the summer having already lost a player for the 2014 season with the news of veteran cornerback Aaron Ross tearing his Achilles tendon.

Ross suffered the injury while taking his conditioning test while veteran cornerback Dominique Franks did not pass his, explaining his absence from the field during Thursday’s practice. The former was officially placed on injured reserve while Franks starts training camp on the non-football injury list until he passes his conditioning test.

Signed along with Ross following last month’s mandatory minicamp to boost depth at the cornerback position, Franks is expected to compete for the No. 3 cornerback spot behind starters Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Though not a good impression to make, Franks failing the test isn’t an uncommon occurrence as a number of veterans have failed the Ravens’ challenging conditioning test at the start of training camp over the years.

Head coach John Harbaugh announced the injury to Ross after Thursday’s practice and left open the possibility of the Ravens adding another veteran cornerback.

“We have pretty good depth, [but] we’ll always be looking for better players,” Harbaugh said. “Whenever I get asked that question, I give the same answer. I don’t think we have an particular urgency. We have good players at corner. The guys are competing, [and] we like our guys. I expect the third corner to be one of the guys already here.”

Defensive tackle Terrence Cody was also absent after being placed on the active physically unable to perform list while recovering from offseason hip surgery. Coach John Harbaugh said earlier in the week there is no clear timetable for his return to the practice field, but he continues to make good progress in his recovery.

Running back Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) and offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) were both present and working after Harbaugh declared both to be at full speed earlier this week. With Thursday’s news of starting running back Ray Rice receiving a two-game suspension to begin the season, Pierce figures to have the inside track to begin the year as the starting back in Gary Kubiak’s offense.

“I’m very confident in Bernard. I’ve always liked Bernard,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a heck of a player. He’s worked very hard. He’s 217 pounds, [and] he’s in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days; he looked really good today.”

The Ravens were practicing in helmets, shells, and shorts on Thursday morning and will conduct their first full-contact workout on Saturday.

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Ravens place defensive tackle Cody on active PUP list

Posted on 18 July 2014 by Luke Jones

Only days away from the official start of training camp, the Ravens announced Friday that they’ve placed defensive tackle Terrence Cody on the active physically unable to perform list.

The move was not unexpected as the fifth-year defensive lineman missed the entire spring after undergoing hip surgery earlier this offseason. The designation allows Cody to return to the practice field whenever he’s ready this summer but keeps him eligible for the reserve PUP list used at the start of the regular season should his recovery take longer than expected.

Coach John Harbaugh said during this spring’s organized team activities that he had expected Cody to be sidelined until training camp. The 2010 second-round pick became an unrestricted free agent this past winter before ultimately signing a one-year, $730,000 contract in early April that included no guaranteed money.

Once regarded as the heir apparent to former Ravens nose tackle Kelly Gregg, Cody never lived up to expectations as he lost his starting job in 2012 after starting all 16 games during the 2011 season. In 56 career games, Cody has collected 45 tackles while primarily playing the nose tackle position.

After missing spring OTAs and seeing the Ravens have such high hopes for 2013 third-round pick Brandon Williams and 2014 second-round pick Timmy Jernigan, Cody will need to have a strong preseason to make the 53-man roster and re-establish himself as an option in the defensive line rotation.

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Live from Owings Mills: Five Ravens miss final day of mandatory minicamp

Posted on 19 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens held their final practice of mandatory minicamp and the final organized team activity before August’s Training Camp Thursday.

Five Ravens were again missing during practice.

OL Jah Reid was again missing from practice due a strained calf that is not believed to be a long-term issue. DL Terrence Cody remained out after having offseason hip surgery-it is hopeful he will be able to return in time for Training Camp.

DL Kapron Lewis-Moore missed Thursday’s session due to a hamstring injury he suffered earlier in the week. WR Kamar Aiken remained out with a leg injury and OL Parker Graham missed practice again an injury that has not been disclosed.

With the team cutting WR Aaron Mellette and LB Adrian Hamilton due to failed physicals, the roster shapes up to be in reasonable health heading into Training Camp.

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Lewis-Moore only new absence during Wednesday’s minicamp practice

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens continued to have excellent attendance at their second day of mandatory minicamp as only five players were missing from the field on Wednesday.

Defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore was not present after leaving practice the day before with what appeared to be a left hamstring injury. He joined defensive tackle Terrence Cody (hip surgery), offensive linemen Jah Reid (calf) and Parker Graham (undisclosed), and wide receiver Kamar Aiken (lower leg) as non-participants on Wednesday.

Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that Reid’s calf strain continues to improve and that the fourth-year lineman will be ready for the start of training camp. Cody isn’t expected to return until camp.

Running back Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) once again took part in individual drills and is on track to be cleared fully by the start of camp in late July.

Asked if he was pleased with the conditioning level of veterans such as Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs who were not present for the previous three weeks of voluntary organized team activities, Harbaugh did not express any specific concerns in getting his first look at them this week.

“It’s hard to evaluate all that, but I’m certainly not disappointed in anybody,” Harbaugh said. “They all look good. If I was going to single a guy out, it would probably be Terrell Suggs. He can give you the numbers, but I’ll tell you this — the numbers were very good. You can tell he’s been working really hard.”

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Ravens re-sign defensive tackle Cody to one-year deal

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After officially completing one-year deals with tight end Owen Daniels and running back Justin Forsett earlier in the day, the Ravens remained busy on Friday by re-signing defensive tackle Terrence Cody.

The 2010 second-round pick agreed to a one-year contract to remain in Baltimore after it looked unlikely that he would return at the start of the free-agent signing period last month. Cody missed four games last season due to a sprained knee, collecting 15 tackles as a part of the defensive line rotation.

“I can be a lot better now that I’m full-go and actually healthy for the first time in a while,” Cody said. “There are going to be a lot of good things this year.”

Originally drafted to be the heir apparent to former Ravens nose tackle Kelly Gregg, Cody never lived up to expectations as he lost his starting job in 2012 after starting all 16 games during the 2011 campaign. In 56 career games, he’s collected 45 tackles while primarily playing the nose tackle position.

With Arthur Jones signing a five-year, $33 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts last month, Cody should have more of an opportunity to compete for playing time in the rotation, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be guaranteed a roster spot after only signing a one-year contract. Younger options such as Brandon Williams, Kapron-Lewis Moore, and DeAngelo Tyson are expected to compete for Jones’ starting spot as the 3-technique defensive tackle.

“That’s basically what the Ravens do,” said Cody about the organizational philosophy. “They put you in a position to have success, and then after being able to have that success, you either get a big deal here or somewhere else. Arthur is one of those guys that had success, and it got him a big deal down in Indy.”

The University of Alabama product is one of only two players selected by the Ravens in the 2010 draft who still remain with the organization with tight end Dennis Pitta being the other.

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