Cody Playing With Finesse

Even though he’s 350 pounds, Terrence Cody is causing problems with his strength and technique.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 at 10:57 am | Categories: Mike Duffy

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At 6-foot-4, 350 pounds, it is hard to miss Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody.  During a two-spurt on Tuesday, it was impossible.

In an 11-on-11 portion of practice, Cody tore through the offensive line to sack quarterback Troy Smith and caused a fumble.  One snap later, Cody again shed his blocker for another sack.

Considering that Organized Team Activities (OTAs) are non-contact and without pads, the amazing thing is how Cody is making plays without simply relying on his bulk.

“I’m just learning things from the coaches and stuff, just little details, things that I can add to my toolbox,” said Cody, Baltimore’s second second-round draft pick (57th overall).  ”We don’t have any pads [on], so we can’t really bull rush or do anything like that, so it’s really finesse right now.”

In addition to Cody’s size, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh praised his intelligence at a time when rookies are receiving information overload.

“He’s really a bright guy,” said Coach Harbaugh. “He really does a good job studying the defense.  In the first mini-camp, as much as we threw on him, he came out here and picked it up really quickly.”

“Mount” Cody earned his nickname for his sheer size. While at the University of Alabama (2008-09), no opposing running back amassed more than 100 rushing yards, as Cody often occupied two or three blockers.

He even tipped the scales at a reported 370 pounds at the Senior Bowl last January.

Now, at a steady and manageable weight, Cody is enjoying the learning process while concentrating on technique.

When the pads go? come on, Cody believes fans will see the true Mount Cody at work.

“I mean I’m just counting the days down right now,” Cody said when asked about his anticipation of a full-contact training camp.

And what will Cody show then?

“I’m really strong and explosive,” he simply responded.

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