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Ravens' offensive changes extend to line

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By Mike Wilkening

The Ravens’ offense has changed this season. Some differences are obvious, such as the regular use of the no-huddle. The improved passing game hasn’t been lost on anyone, either.

The Ravens also have made some intriguing moves on the offensive line. They inserted third-year pro Ramon Harewood at left guard ahead of ex-Bengal Bobbie Williams, who was assumed to be the favorite for the job. The 6-6, 334-pound Harewood, who spent his first two NFL seasons on injured reserve, seemed likely to be a backup, but he emerged late as a viable option inside with Williams not having a stellar summer, we’re told.

The right tackle job, which once belonged to Michael Oher, now belongs to rookie Kelechi Osemele, a second-round pick from Iowa State. Osemele has acquitted himself well throughout his brief Baltimore career, proving early that he had what it took to start in Year One, we're told. As Osemele settles in on the right side, Oher gives the Ravens an athletic, experienced presence on the left side. Meanwhile, 11th-year OLT Bryant McKinnie, who took a paycut to stay in Baltimore, is now a reserve. With so much change on the offensive line, the Ravens’ play in the trenches, especially against strong competition, will be interesting to watch.

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