We’ve become numb to endless news from offseason workouts regarding how good a player looks. In fact, it’s only really news when someone looks like crap in no-contact drills — since it doesn’t bode well for his performance when it’s time to put on the pads.
But one player is receiving very high praise for his work during the offseason. The fact that he did a great job in a one-day role on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN makes us even more likely to point that out here.
So we will.
As described by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, defensive lineman Chris Canty was “dominant” during the Ravens’ recent minicamp. Perhaps more importantly, he’s also healthy.
“The knee is not a problem at all,” Canty said regarding an injury that caused him to miss seven games in 2012. “The knee is fine. I feel great.”
The veteran, who has played for the Cowboys and Giants, says he’s in better shape.
“Physically, I slimmed down a little bit,” Canty said. “I wanted to focus on conditioning this offseason. I’m excited about it.”
New defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo, whose time with the Giants didn’t coincide with Canty’s, raves about the player’s size.
“He’s bigger than I thought,” Spagnuolo said. “You can’t coach that height. 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 will play defensive tackle and defensive end for the Ravens, but not nose tackle. If that knee stays healthy, he’ll contribute to a team that many still believe, based on a lingering (and flawed) mid-March narrative, will struggle in 2013.