One of the biggest question marks coming into the offseason was who the Ravens’ starting right tackle would be.
Wagner will be the Ravens’ starting right tackle on Sept. 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“He’s earned it,” Harbaugh said. “He earned that spot.”
Wagner hasn’t missed a rep with the first-team offense throughout the summer. He’s held up extremely well, and, to a degree, gone unnoticed in stepping in for Michael Oher, who departed for Tennessee via free agency.
“I think the way you evaluate him is that not much is said about him,” Offensive Line Coach Juan Castillo said. “Sometimes that’s a good thing when [the media is] not saying, ‘Oh, well he did this,’ or ‘He did [that].’ You don’t say much, because he’s doing his job, and that’s important to him.”
Wagner has held up well in practice against Pro Bowl pass rusher
“I think Rick has been solid,” Harbaugh said. “Solid is the next step before being good and good is the next step before being great. I think he’s on his way.”
A second-year product out of Wisconsin, Wagner has a heavy base and is strong at the point of attack. Harbaugh said opponents have tried to bull rush him and he has “not really gotten moved too much at all.”
“I’m proud of him,” Harbaugh said.
“Jah has done a heck of a job too as far as working his way into the third tackle spot,” Harbaugh said.