Mediocrity doesn't sit well with Chris Canty

Breaking even, like the Baltimore Ravens did last season at 8-8, is unusual ground for defensive end Chris Canty.

“I was disappointed with my first season from an individual standpoint to a team standpoint," Canty said. "[Finishing] 8-8 is the worst record that I’ve had as a professional in the National Football League in 10 years. I want our team to improve, and anything that I can do to help our team improve -- that’s what I’m about."

In nine years in the NFL, Canty has enjoyed seven winning seasons. As he pointed out, his worst record is 8-8, which has happened twice in his career. In addition to the Ravens last year, Canty was part of the 2009 Giants who broke even.

It was surprising that this disappointment didn't propel Canty to participate in any of the voluntary practices this offseason. Canty was one of three players who only showed for the mandatory minicamp -- linebacker Terrell Suggs and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were the others.

Canty failed to live up to expectations in his first season with the Ravens. He finished with 30 tackles, the fewest for a full season in his career. He also didn't record a sack in the final 12 games of the season.

"I made a commitment this offseason to make sure that I came back in great shape and in better shape than I was this time last year," Canty said. "I tried to make sure that my body was healthy so I can do all I can do to help this football team improve.”

The Ravens drafted Canty's potential replacement, Brent Urban, in the fourth round of this year's draft.

At 31, Canty is the third-oldest player on the Ravens roster. Only wide receiver Steve Smith (35) and linebacker Daryl Smith (32) are older.