Ravens' O-line a work-in-progress

Posted Aug. 19, 2011 @ 4:28 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

The Ravens' offensive line, a weak link in 2010, is somewhat unsettled entering this season. The most pressing concern: there is no clear-cut starter at right tackle. Rookie Jah Reid, a third-round pick, is the current in-house favorite to start at right tackle, but a daily team observer suggests the club could fill the ORT spot with a veteran not presently on the team after roster cuts. Owner Steve Bisciotti reportedly told fans on a conference call this past week that the club was still looking for offensive linemen, although he didn't name specific positions.

Whether they add O-line help or not, the Ravens are trying to get Reid ready.

"I saw a guy that's going to be a really good player; it's just a matter of when," head coach John Harbaugh said of Reid on Aug. 13. "It's going to take a certain amount of time. Hopefully, it doesn't take more than about four weeks."

Both Reid and veteran Oniel Cousins have received looks at right tackle. However, after struggling at tackle in the preseason opener at Philadelphia and with starting ORG Marshal Yanda's back hurting, Cousins moved to right guard. He will vie to make the roster as a reserve "swingman" who can fill in at tackle and guard.

Yanda is expected to be back for the Ravens' third preseason game, according to Harbaugh, and C Matt Birk, who has missed most of training camp with a knee injury, is expected to return for the regular-season opener against Pittsburgh on Sept. 11.