Late For Work 6/14: Ravens To Unleash Cody As Pass Rusher

Plus the scoop on Tyree and K. Washington and Barnes says this is his year.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 9:04 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Ravens To Unleash Cody As Pass Rusher

When the Ravens drafted defensive tackle Terrence Cody, his mad run-stuffing and field goal-blocking skills were well-known commodities.

But with the good comes the bad. It was also a given that Mount Cody was far too large and far too slow to be on the field on critical third-down, pass-rush situations.

I mean, that’s why so many teams passed on him in the first round. He has a weight problem and is a liability against the pass.

Right? Riiiight, Coach Mattison?

“[On third downs] we will always have our best players on the field in pass-rush situations,” Ravens Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison told CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge. “But this isn’t going to be one of those deals where you look out there and say, ‘Oh, no, Terrence Cody is out there; we can’t do this.’ We don’t feel that way at all.”

Say what? Come again, Coach.

“I know a knock on him was that he’s a first- and second-down player, but we don’t buy that at all. Clarence Brooks, our defensive line coach, worked very hard with him on his pass rush and even said to him one day, ‘If you think you’re coming off the field because of a pass-rushing situation you’re wrong.’ And he takes great pride in that. He believes he can be a pass rusher.”

An effective weapon that can bring pressure would be more than welcome after a not-so-effective pass-rushing campaign in 2009.

With this spring’s organized team activities (OTAs) in the books, Judge said it’s not Cody’s size or strength that has the Ravens’ coaching staff talking. It’s his quickness.

Judge reported he’s nearly 15 pounds lighter than the 360 pounds he carried last season, adding speed and agility to an already quick first step.

“He has tremendous in-line quickness,” said Mattison. “He’s really, really an explosive man. Couple that with his strength and his size [and] he’s really exciting.”

Exciting is an understatement. Size, strength, intelligence and now speed? Fans will want to see this for themselves.

How many days until training camp?

What’s Up With Tyree or Washington?

The Ravens have not offtered contracts to unrestricted free agent wide receivers Kelley Washington and David Tyree.

It feels like they have dropped off the face of the earth with little news reported on either player.

Tyree has reappeared on the radar, visiting the New York Giants’ final OTA last week.¬† While talking with reporters in the locker room, Tyree admitted he is seriously considering retirement.

According to the Associated Press, the man who will forever be known for making “The Catch” in the Giants’ Super Bowl victory over New England in 2008 is still working out a little, but not at a level necessary to perform in the NFL.

Instead he is spending time with his family, which just got a little bigger with the birth of his fifth child, a son named Solomon, last week.

“It is very likely I could shut it down and I won’t have any qualms about it,” Tyree said. “Like I said two years ago, if everything ended with this, I’d have to be happy, amazingly happy. This has been a crazy ride.”

Meanwhile, in ESPN’s AFC North mailbag, Arthur from Baltimore asked, “What’s the deal with Kelley Washington?

To which ESPN’s James Walker replied, “The Ravens added Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth this offseason and, barring injury, probably feel comfortable with the receivers they have.”

In other words, Arthur from Baltimore, still no update on Washington.

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