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The Competition: Tackles


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**Michael Oher**, 2nd season
What He's Done: Stepping in as a rookie, Oher started all 16 games (11 at right tackle and five at left) and quickly added his name to a short list of the NFL's best young linemen.
What He's Going For: In only his second year, Oher is going for a Pro Bowl nod. Considering the AFC's talent level at his position, it's difficult to break past a number of established veterans.
What He Needs To Do: Just keep his head down and work. There is no animosity between Oher and Gaither for the position change, and the Ole Miss product is taking full advantage of the Ravens' offseason program to climb towards that elite level.

**Jared Gaither**, 4th season
What He's Done:Gaither missed five games with neck and foot injuries, but still managed to be a reliable cornerstone for the offensive line in his 11 starts at left tackle.
What He's Going For:Gaither would probably like to win back his left tackle role, but he hasn't complained about the switch. played the good soldier and kept a team-first attitude. At this point, he hopes to get over a bruised foot and get back to football action. solidify the right side of Baltimore's line for what could be years to come.
What He Needs To Do:First and foremost, Gaither just has to get on the practice field. The foot kept him out of the gross majority of OTAs. You can't help your team when you can't play or practice.

**Oniel Cousins**, 3rd season
What He's Done: Cousins got a chance to start in three games on the right side when Gaither went down and played well. The Ravens did employ a tight end to help him out at times, but the former third-round draft pick took another step forward.
What He's Going For:The Ravens have thrown praise behind Cousins' work ethic and potential as a first-teamer, and the UTEP product is looking to offer evidence that they were correct.
What He Needs To Do:Cousins needs to take advantage of all the reps he'll get Iif Gaither doesn't practice because of his foot or other injury. The mauler's work on his technique will be critical, because he has the athletic ability. In addition, Cousins needs to get healthy after undergoing a throat procedure this offseason because of a severe case of strep.

**Tony Moll**, 5th season
What He's Done:The most-experienced of the backups, Moll owns 18 career starts, at right and left tackle and right guard. He was a key reserve last year, seeing action in five games.
What He's Going For:Moll is pushing for a job as the top reserve tackle, mainly a battle with Cousins. His versatility makes Moll a valuable part of the roster.
What He Needs To Do:The fifth-year veteran needs to hold down the right tackle position when he's on the field with the second team. Moll will likely play there to bookend Cousins during preseason games.

**Stefan Rodgers**, 4th season
What He's Done:The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder spent the entire 2009 season on the Ravens' practice squad. He's also been on the developmental teams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.
What He's Going For:Without any more practice squad eligibility left, Rodgers is hoping to land a spot at tackle to provide depth.
What He Needs To Do:Rodgers must continue to develop as an offensive lineman after not beginning his college career at Lambuth as a tight end while fighting with Cousins and Moll to move up the depth chart.

**Joe Reitz**, 3rd season
What He's Done: The former collegiate basketball player spent 2009 on Baltimore's practice squad.
What He's Going For: Reitz is shooting for an active roster spot after watching from the sidelines ever since he entered the league in 2008 (a shoulder landed him on Injured Reserve) out of Western Michigan.
What He Needs To Do:The 6-foot-7, 305-pounder can be considered raw by NFL standards, but he can do a lot for his cause if he performs well at game speed during the preseason – not just in practice.

**Ramon Harewood**, Rookie
What He's Done:The three-time All-SIAC offensive lineman at Morehouse, Harewood established his football credentials after picking the game up only four years ago.
What He's Going For: Even though he is a raw talent, Harewood wants an active roster spot. But, he could also wind up on the practice squad with a strong training camp showing. He also is looking to return 100 percent from the minor knee injury he sustained in May's minicamp.
What He Needs To Do:A former academic scholarship recipient, the Ravens' playbook shouldn't be too hard to absorb, but the level of talent Harewood will face is exponentially higher than his collegiate foes. Harewood needs to show that he can keep up with pro defenders while also demonstrating a mean streak that would belie his Barbados roots.
Wild Card?

**Marshal Yanda**, 4th season
What He's Done:Yanda anchored right tackle for the Ravens last year, but he also owns multiple starts at right tackle guard (12 in 2007). He also practiced there some during OTAs.
What He's Going For:Yanda is angling for a starting spot, no matter where. He fits well at both tackle and guard, but if Gaither can take over right tackle, Yanda makes for a nasty part of the interior line.
What He Needs To Do: Even though he is being shuttled between positions as a necessity, Yanda can benefit from staying sharp at both jobs, considering he might be called upon to play tackle in the midst of a game.

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