Will Canty Be the Difference on Defense in 2013?

Ronald Martinez

The signing of Chris Canty this offseason went relatively under the radar, but it could make the biggest difference in the Ravens defense this year.

The Baltimore Ravens have always been synonymous with great defensive football, riding the coattails of one of the best defenses in league history to a Super Bowl title in 2000 and boasting legendary defensive players like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Over the past couple seasons, however, the Ravens' defense prowess has been on a steady decline. Despite winning another Super Bowl last season, the Ravens ranked 29th in the league against the run and 17th in total defense.

Although they did struggle during the regular season, the defense seemed to come together and play extremely well during their improbable postseason run, probably due to the impact of veteran leaders like Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. Reed and Lewis (along with a few other starters from the 2012 squad), however, are no longer with the team and the Ravens will need to find other answers for the defensive woes they experienced last season.

The Ravens made a lot of moves on the defensive side of the ball this offseason, the biggest of which was the addition of OLB Elvis Dumervil due to a fax snafu in Denver. While Dumervil will certainly wreak havoc as an edge rusher opposite Terrell Suggs, I think the addition of DT/DE Chris Canty will make the greatest impact on the Ravens defense this year.

Canty is very athletic for an interior lineman and can move quickly down the line of scrimmage on off-tackle runs and sweeps. He is also an extremely underrated pass rusher, his athleticism should allow the Ravens to move him all over the defensive line and it will open up all sorts of personnel package possibilities in conjunction with players like Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw, and Pernell McPhee. Reports from Ravens' OTAs have indicated that Canty looks extremely explosive and athletic and has even shed a few pounds. Durability could be a question for Canty as he missed the first six games for the Giants last season due to an MCL sprain and missed the final game of the season after re-injuring the same knee. If Canty's knee can hold up and he can stay on the field this season, look for remarkable improvement in the Ravens' defensive rankings this year.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Baltimore Beatdown

You must be a member of Baltimore Beatdown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Baltimore Beatdown. You should read them.

Join Baltimore Beatdown

You must be a member of Baltimore Beatdown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Baltimore Beatdown. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker