The Ravens offensive line has received positive reviews so far this summer. But with each of those thumbs up came a caveat.
They weren’t in pads.
With training camp officially just more than a week away, the time for judging the Ravens offensive line is rapidly approaching.
Once the pads are on and more contact is allowed, the offensive line will get everything the defensive line has to offer. Then coaches, front office personnel, media and fans will have a better idea of how much progress has been made and whether more changes need to come.
“I like the offensive line,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said at the end of minicamp. “From what you can see, they’re in sync, footwork looks good, assignments look very good. We’ll find out when the pads come on.”
No other position group is under the magnifying glass more than the offensive line this summer. The unit struggled last year to pave holes for the running game and protect quarterback
Baltimore has since undergone an offensive transition.
New Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak brings a new blocking scheme. The Ravens traded for starting center
Osemele particularly drew praise during Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp. He looked healthy and was moving around well. Zuttah and Wagner also got positive reviews as the newcomers. Zuttah impressed with his intelligence inside and Wagner was better than even Kubiak expected.
But Pro Bowl right guard
“It’s going to be a whole different element with the pads and just getting the timing down and stacking days and building a football team,” Yanda said. “It starts in the offseason, and it definitely starts come training camp on who we’re going to be and what we’re going to be about.”