Harbaugh gives solid reviews to McKinnie, Osemele

August 12, 2012|By Aaron Wilson | The Baltimore Sun

No Ravens player arrived at training camp under more scrutiny than veteran offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.

McKinnie reported to camp late with an injured lower back and above his target weight after dealing with conditioning issues that held him out of a mandatory minicamp.

He's made headlines for lawsuits stemming from a $4.5 million loan taken out during the NFL lockout last year. And it took the former Pro Bowl blocker some time to pass the conditioning test and pass his physical.

Now that McKinnie is practicing every day and played in the first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, he's beginning to rebuild some equity with the coaching staff.

Although listed on the official depth chart as the starting left tackle, where he started every game last season, McKinnie lined up with the second-team offense at the Georgia Dome with Michael Oher starting in his place. 

During the game, McKinnie held up fine and didn't allow pass rushers into the backfield. However, he didn't create much movement in the running game and didn't attempt to get to the second level to block linebackers.

McKinnie was also with the second-team offense during Saturday's practice at the Ravens' training complex.

"He’s practiced well,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He’s been durable. He’s made it through all of the practices that he’s been in. He played in the game, a good number of reps. He’s competing like all those guys are right now, and it’s a competition on the offensive line.”

In other words, McKinnie has made progress, but will need to do more to regain his left tackle job and prompt them to shift Oher back to right tackle.

Meanwhile, second-round rookie offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele received solid reviews from Harbaugh after he made his NFL debut starting at right tackle.

 “He played well," Harbaugh said. "He was a rookie, and that was the first experience for him, but he
handled it really well. He was calm, didn’t make mistakes, didn’t jump offside, had his assignments right, blocked people well for the most part, and I thought he acquitted himself very well.”


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