Dan Cody looking forward to 2008

WESTMINSTER, Md. — At this point, Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Dan Cody appreciates the little things about football.

“It just feels good to come in after practice and be tired just like everybody else,” Cody said. “I think that’s probably the best part.”

During Cody’s three NFL seasons, he barely broke a sweat. Multiple knee and foot injuries have reduced the former second-round pick in 2005 to just 14 career snaps over two games.

Cody didn’t play his rookie year because he tore knee ligaments in the first practice of training camp. He worked his way back to the field in November of 2006 only to play as a reserve in one full game, then injure his knee again in the first quarter of his second career game. Cody then landed on the Injured Reserve list in 2007 — the third time in as many seasons — with a broken foot and more knee complications.

Now, Cody feels he’s finally due for a clean bill of health in his fourth season.

“You don’t get respect in this business unless you’re playing,” Cody said. “That’s just how it is. It’s the nature of the game. You can even get respect if you don’t play, as long as you’re out there working. But when you’re hurt and spending all that time on the bench, it’s another thing. So it’s just good for morale [to practice].”

Watching Cody practice this week displayed why the Ravens liked his potential coming out of Oklahoma. He is 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds with an impressive wing span. He also moves well in space, which the Ravens like on the outside of their defense.

As the veterans arrive in Westminster Wednesday, Cody is looking forward to just fitting in. In many ways Cody still feels like an unproven rookie. He mentioned trying to make some special teams units this year as one of his primary goals, then aims to gradually make contributions to an already star-laden defense.

“If I can just find my way on the field,” Cody says. “…I think I can really show people what I’m capable of.”

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One Comment on “Dan Cody looking forward to 2008”

  1. vlwalker70 says:

    Cody once again does nothing. I actually met him one time. I used to work on heavy equipment and his dad wanted me to work on his dozer. It was a very hot July Oklahoma day. Dan came out with his dad to check on myself and my helper. Dan actually got out of the truck and talked to me for a few minutes. He then whined about how hot it was and went and got back in the truck. I had not idea who he was. His dad is a total a-hole. He tried to bring me brand x parts that wouldn’t fit and then whined it was taking too long. I figured out who he was when I went to his dad’s office and billed him for my labor a few day’s later. His dad had pictures of him actually playing of course in college, because if it was pro it would have been one pic of one play or several of him sitting on the bench. Needless to say his dad did pay, but he whined about how much I had charged him for trying to do a quality repair. I refused to ever work for him again.