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Michael Oher Believes O-Line Is Best Of His Career


Michael Oher believes the Ravens offensive line could be great this season.

Despite some lingering questions heading into training camp, Oher thinks that this group might be the best he's seen during his five years in Baltimore.

"Trust me, people don't have anything to worry about," Oher said. "This is the most confident I've been in our group. I really like the pieces in our room."

In addition to Oher at right tackle, the Ravens have returning starters in center Matt Birk, who will turn 36 next month, right guard Marshal Yanda and 32-year-old left tackle Bryant McKinnie. They lost a leader and starter in Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs, but the Ravens have veteran guard Bobbie Williams, second-year guard/tackle Jah Reid and rookies Kelechi Osemele and Gino Gradkowski vying to replace him.

Whoever ends up winning the job, Oher believes will fit right in.

"I think we're going to be great," Oher said. "We have big, strong athletic guys who can move. Just being around the guys, practicing with them, I like our pieces."

One of the ongoing questions with the line has been the status of McKinnie, who the Ravens recently held out of minicamp for conditioning purposes. McKinnie said that the team wants him to get down to his college weight of about 345 pounds, and he's confident that won't be a problem.

In the time that McKinnie missed, the Ravens had Oher move back to his old position of left tackle, and Oher said that he's comfortable on the right or left side.

"I'm just going to work hard no matter what position I play," Oher said. "I just like being part of the team. It doesn't matter, as long as I'm contributing."

Oher has maintained a consistent presence around the Ravens facility throughout the offseason, and the coaches have expressed on numerous occasions that they believe he could be primed for a big season. Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron recently said that he thinks Oher will go from good to great this year.

"I appreciate that," Oher said about Cameron's comments. "But I just try to work hard every day and just do the right things to get better."

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