Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody didn't get an encouraging report card following his start against the Denver Broncos.
During a 34-17 loss Sunday where he started his third game of the season ahead of veteran Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Cody was consistently controlled or knocked off the line of scrimmage by the Broncos' athletic blockers.
Although the massive 2010 second-round draft pick from Alabama finished with three tackles, two on assists, Cody didn't grade out well as he finished with the lowest grade on the defense with a minus-3.5 rating, according to Pro Football Focus.
They weren't alone in that opinion about the 6-foot-4, 341-pounder, who played 41 snaps against the Broncos and has dipped to 24 tackles after finishing with a career-high 34 tackles last season when he started every game.
"The most disappointing player on that team is Terrence Cody," former Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah, an NFL Network analyst, said in a telephone interview with The Baltimore Sun. "He's not very good. He's getting blown off the line of scrimmage. He can't rush the passer, so you know that's not a strength. And getting blown off the ball six or seven yards, he's not having a whole lot of value. There are four other interior guys I'd rather put out there."
Jeremiah also weighed in on several other players, praising Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs for his courage in playing hurt.
Suggs is dealing with a torn right biceps that's no longer listed on the injury report. He was clearly in pain against the Broncos and was limited to one tackle.
"Suggs is playing with one arm," Jeremiah said. "The guy is incredibly tough, but it's hard to beat tackles with one arm."
Jeremiah praised outside linebacker Paul Kruger and defensive end Arthur Jones.
Kruger leads the Ravens with a career-high eight sacks and has recorded 6 1/2 sacks in the past six games.
"He's coming along," Jeremiah said. "One thing about him, he does not stop coming. A lot of his production is effort production. That's not a slight. A lot of Jared Allen's sacks are from effort production. Kruger's coming along nicely."
Jones has emerged as an important player in his third NFL season, registering a career-high 41 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks and one forced fumble in four starts and 14 games.
"I like him," Jeremiah said. "He reminds me a little of Dwan Edwards. He's a 'tweener who plays hard. He definitely has his moments. He can do some things."