Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Chris Canty knows what it is like to defend a championship. He did so with the New York Giants. Now he will be asked to take that knowledge and apply it to his new team and defense.
The Ravens defense will need some time to gel with all its new parts in 2013 and Veterans like Canty Will be counted on to tutor and mentor younger players. The former Giant will be useful for Baltimore in more ways than one considering he can play just about every position on the defensive line and the Ravens have young players at just about every position. The signing of Canty reminds me a lot of the Trevor Pryce signing years ago. He will not simply be a veteran stop gap but a player the team counts on to lead on and off the field.
The coaches have had plenty of praise for Canty through OTA's and it seems Baltimore has made another great under-the-radar signing.
“Very positive impressions of Chris Canty,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said at the end of mini-camp. “He can do a lot of things along the line of scrimmage. He’s a good player, very good player.”
“He’s a really good worker – tremendous attitude,” Harbaugh said. “I really like him a lot.”
"He’s bigger than I thought," Senior Defensive Assistant Steve Spagnuolo admitted.
"You can’t coach that height," Spagnuolo said. "He puts his hands up, man. There’s not a coach in the world that can take a six-foot guy and do that. He’s been very impressive to me."
Canty has also been impressed with his new teammates and has high hopes for the upcoming season.
"We’ve got a tremendous group of talent up front," Canty said during an interview on 105.7 The Fan. "We’re starting to put it together. I think toward the end of OTAs and mini-camp, we were starting to put some of those things together and I’m just excited about continuing to build that rapport going into training camp."
"I’m curious to see it," Canty said when asked about how offenses will match up against them. "I’m glad I don’t have to worry about game planning against us."