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Ravens’ rookie nose tackle Terrence Cody came to Baltimore with questions of whether he would be able to keep his weight in check, something that had been an issue throughout his college career.
But Cody says he stayed between 345 and 350 pounds.
Now it will be up to him to continue that progression during the offseason. And it could be of a challenge if there’s a lockout that prevents him from being at the Ravens’ training complex for offseason workouts.
“I believe I can get it done,” Cody said. “I got it done last offseason when it wasn’t mandatory. I’ve got confidence in myself.”
Cody, who at one time during his prep career was over 400 pounds, shed 23 leading up to last April’s draft in hopes of proving he was worthy of a high draft pick.
The Alabama product earned a second-round selection from the Ravens, but was slowed by a preseason knee injury during that required a minor procedure and sidelined him for three regular-season games.
Upon returning, Cody logged 13 tackles in 13 games (including five in Atlanta on Nov. 11) filling in behind fellow defensive tackle Kelly Gregg. He helped the Ravens finish No. 5 in rush defense.
“I feel like it went good,” Cody said of his rookie season “I started off slow with the injury, but as time went on I started getting better and started playing faster.”
Cody said he will head home to Alabama to work out with the university’s football team this offseason. But he’s hoping he can be back for Organized Team Activities if there is no work stoppage.
“I feel like getting a year and an offseason in the NFL, and being trained by NFL trainers would help me out a lot with my conditioning and my weight,” Cody said.