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It’s official, Kelly Gregg is one released Raven who isn’t coming back this year.
The Ravens’ stalwart on the defensive front for the past decade signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs less than two days after being officially waived by Baltimore.
That means Ravens fans should get ready for Mount Cody.
Terrence Cody tutored under Gregg during the regular season and began to break out towards the tail end of his rookie campaign.
Now he’ll be the Ravens’ starting nose guard, according to Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh.
Asked if Cody could build off the momentum he had at the end of last season, Harbaugh said that’s the plan.
“We need him to,” Harbaugh said. “He is the starting nose guard, and we expect there to be no drop-off.
“We have had a tremendous amount of production from Kelly Gregg over the years, and Terrence Cody has to play at least as well as that. That’s the plan. That’s his responsibility, but I’m sure he can do it.”
Cody logged 13 tackles in 13 games, including one start last year in Week 14. He also logged four tackles in Week 17 and forced a key fumble while playing the Chiefs in the playoffs. Mostly, he subbed for Gregg in run-stuffing packages.
Now last year’s second-round draft pick hopes his weight loss could help him develop into more of an every-down player. Although Cody said he’s still at 350 pounds – the same as his listed weight last season – it must be better weight because he’s noticeably trimmer.
He’s still quite a bit bigger than Gregg, who was 320 pounds and a stocky 6-foot. Cody’s 6-foot-4, which will add a ton of bulk to Baltimore’s regular defensive line.
The Ravens have already noticed that Cody is running well to the ball with less weight. Harbaugh said Cody had a “really good practice” on Friday and fellow lineman Haloti Ngata noticed his overall progression.
“He has just grown [up] a little bit more,” Ngata said. “He had some experience last year towards the end of the season and he was getting on fire. … He is starting out a lot faster than he did last year.”