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Ravens Camp: The Offensive Line


WHO’S IN CAMP:
Tackles- Michael Oher, Jared Gaither, Oniel Cousins, Ramon Harewood, Joe Reitz, Stefan Rodgers, Devin Tyler; Guards- Ben Grubbs, Marshal Yanda, David Hale, Chris Chester, Tony Moll, Bryan Mattison; Centers- Matt Birk, Daniel Sanders


WHO’S ON THE BUBBLE:


- Ramon Harewood, Joe Reitz, David Hale, Bryan Mattison, Daniel Sanders

OPENING DAY ROSTER PREDICTION:
Tackles- Michael Oher, Jared Gaither, Oniel Cousins, Ramon Harewood; Guards- Ben Grubbs, Marshal Yanda, Chris Chester, Tony Moll, David Hale; Center- Matt Birk

Summary:


Revered as one of the best young offensive lines in the league, this bunch has faced early adversity via the injury bug during this year's camp. 


Jared Gaither has been in and out of practices with injury and suspected attitude problems.  Gaither, who is thought to be unhappy about the move to right tackle, continues to face questions about his physical condition and his work ethic; similar to the questions that he faced during his short career at the University of Maryland.

On the other book-end, after a stellar rookie campaign, Michael Oher is heralded as one of the top tackles in the NFL.  The interior line is also as good as they come with Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs next to Pro Bowl center Matt Birk; moreover, the rotation of Marshal Yanda and Chris Chester provides two capable guards on the right side.  Yanda could also see time at right tackle, should Gaither falter.


Perhaps the most interesting name in camp is that of Ramon Harewood.  A fifth-round pick out of Morehouse, Harewood possesses outstanding size and potential.  It's quite possible that the Ravens will attempt to place Harewood on the practice squad, but it's hard to imagine that another team will not take a chance and pluck him from the Ravens sooner, rather than later.


Another bubble-battle is that of Tony Moll and David Hale; however both should make the team because of Chris Chester's versatility and ability to serve as the backup center, rather than having to dedicate a spot for a backup to Birk.

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