The Ravens have brought in two unrestricted free agents – defensive linemen
“The base of a good defense is to be good along the defensive line,” General Manager Ozzie Newsome said. “We didn’t play to our standards last season, partly because of injury.”
Baltimore dealt with a handful of injuries along the front line, most notably to Pro Bowl defensive tackle
By adding Spears and Canty to the mix, the Ravens will have more depth to withstand injuries and can also keep a steady rotation of bodies throughout each game.
“With the expected better health of players like Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee and the additions of Marcus Spears and Chris Canty, we have a chance to improve,” Newsome said.
Canty (6-foot-7, 317 pounds) and Spears (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) are both flexible in where they can play. They could play up the middle as a nose tackle, and also slide outside to play defensive end.
“Spears, like Canty, can play multiple positions along the line,” Newsome said. “[Spears] brings a lot of snaps and big game experience to us. We like the way Marcus plays. He will fit in with the Ravens’ way of playing.”
Canty, 30, has been compared to former Raven Cory Redding in his ability to stop the run and also get after the passer. While he’s not an elite pass rusher, he’s able to get after quarterbacks and has notched 8.5 sacks over the last three seasons.
“Chris is a good player and an upgrade for our defense,” Newsome said.
Spears, 30, is more of a traditional run stuffer and he has eight sacks over the course of his eight-year career.
In addition to challenging Cody, McPhee and Jones for playing time, the two new additions will be part of a group that is very crowded. Young players like