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Opinion: Will Baltimore Ravens CB Maurice Canady Break into the Rotation?

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The Virginia cornerback has potential with the Baltimore Ravens.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens cornerback situation offers the opportunity for a young player to step up and grab a spot at either the nickel back position but also the starting cornerback position opposite of Jimmy Smith. Maurice Canady is one of two Ravens rookies who has a chance to make an impact in his first season.

Unlike counterpart Tavon Young, Canady brings forth the stature to take snaps on the outside. His progress in early offseason has impressed Dean Pees.

Shareece Wright is thought of to have the starting cornerback spot opposite of Smith on lockdown. The thought does have merit, as his improvement was key to turning around the Ravens pass defense.

However, Wright was released by the San Francisco 49ers for a reason. It would be unwise to place the faith of the secondary in his hands. He does struggle to find the ball on back shoulder fades and is not what could be considered a playmaking cornerback.

Canady brings a playmaking element that has sorely been lacking in the Ravens secondary. While he might be a year away, if the young corner continues to develop and makes a splash plays in the preseason, he could find himself playing a bigger role than initially anticipated.