Brandon Williams Vs. Terrence Cody: Who Wins Baltimore Ravens’ NT Spot?

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When the Baltimore Ravens drafted nose tackle Brandon Williams in the third round this year, it was noted by many especially Raven fans who knew the Ravens were not satisfied with what they saw along the tackle front on defense. Terrence Cody is sure aware of it, and his days on the team could be numbered.

The Ravens defense struggled against the run for much of the season. They allowed 122.8 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry which is the highest yards per carry in team history.

Cody reportedly had hip surgery this off-season that had been troubling him for much of last season. If his hip really bothered him, it would explain why he was single teamed a lot and pushed with ease right off the snap. Cody coming out of the draft in the second round in 2010 was considered to be a key cog in replacing a long time standout in Kelly Gregg at nose tackle. Raven fans dreamed of Haloti Ngata and Cody teaming up, demanding double teams on almost every play. Well, Ngata picked up his end of the bargain since he entered the league in 2006.

In Cody’s rookie year of 2010, the Ravens defense allowed 93.9 yards rushing. In 2011, the Ravens defense allowed 92.6 yards rushing per game as well. The defense getting back to what they used be in terms of dominance is a must. Which is why it is amazing in some ways that the Ravens won the Super Bowl the way they did. Right now, it looks like Williams is the favorite as he has shown impressive footwork and strength in the trenches in rookie mini-camp so far. The Ravens are not playing around, and Williams’ spot is secured obviously as a third round pick. Cody? Well, he has to show something soon or his time may be up.


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