Kelechi Osemele not budging from spot on first offense

Despite presence of left tackle Bryant McKinnie, rookie is still lining up at right tackle with starters

August 13, 2012|By Edward Lee

When left tackle Bryant McKinnie reported to Ravens training camp five days late, many figured that 11-year veteran would need some time to get back in shape, but would soon regain his spot on the first offense.

That hasn’t happened yet. McKinnie is still playing with the second offense while Michael Oher and rookie Kelechi Osemele man the left and right tackle positions, respectively, with the starting offense.

McKinnie’s presence would appear to set the stage for Oher to return to right tackle and for Osemele to find a spot with the second offense. But Osemele isn’t surrendering his position that easily, and coach John Harbaugh said the second-round pick in April’s NFL draft is approaching the situation like a veteran.

“He’s handled it like a champ,” Harbaugh said after Sunday’s practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. “He’s handled it extremely well. He hasn’t missed a beat. He’s made some rookie mistakes. His pass sets are inconsistent at times. But other than that, he’s done extremely well. He’s done great with the playbook. He’s smart and he works hard at it.”

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