Terrence Cody Capitalizing On Offseason

After trimming down on his own last year, Terrence Cody now has the benefit of training staff.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Categories: 2012 Offseason, Garrett Downing

Terrence Cody is feeling better now than he has in a while.

The Ravens nose tackle took the last couple of months off to allow his body to recuperate from the season and now he’s ready to ramp up his efforts to prepare for the 2012 campaign. 

“I feel good and now I’ll be in here working out just about every day,” Cody said at the Ravens training facility last week.

Cody is working out on his own time this offseason, getting a head start before the team begins voluntary workouts next month. It’s the first time Cody has been afforded the luxury of an NFL offseason training program, as he’s entering his third year in the league, but first with an actual offseason.

NOTE: Join Cody on Ravens Chat Live Tuesday (March 27) from 12-12:30 p.m.

Without the limitations of the lockout, Cody (6-foot-4, 350 pounds) will get a full offseason of strength and conditioning work under the supervision of an NFL training staff, which could prove critical for the big defensive lineman.

“Being able to work out here at the facility is a good resource because you have your trainers here to help you out on what you need to do, where you need to get better,” Cody said.

Before last year, Cody trimmed down and entered training camp in good shape, which led to an impressive second season.

He started every game and played a key part in the Ravens finishing the season ranked second in the NFL against the run. Cody finished the year with 34 tackles and General Manger Ozzie Newsome even pointed to Cody’s performance as one of the areas that pleased him about the 2011 season.

After a solid year, Cody knows the expectations are elevated and he’s looking to move into more of a leadership role.

“My mentality is to step up and be a leader and come here with a different mindset this year,” Cody said. “Things are going to be tough because we have a few changes on the team, but my mindset is to come in here and do what I can and help the team win a championship.”

Cody will be a familiar face on a defense that has gone through some transition, as veteran defensive end Cory Redding and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson both left as free agents. With players like Redding and Johnson gone, Cody sees this year as a chance for him to step up as a leader.   

“I’m trying to move on and just get ready for the next season,” he said. “I’m focused on doing what they drafted me for, and that’s stop the run and make plays.”

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