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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
So far, the best rookie from this year's Ravens draft class has been guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele, the second-round pick out of Iowa State. He may not be starting now, but he will be soon, possibly in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Yes, Osemele is that good. He has great size, foot speed and athleticism. For a young player, he has shown poise and experience in learning the game and picking up blitzes. Plus, he has those long arms, which allows him to keep defensive linemen away from his body.
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Mike Preston | July 18, 2014
With training camp set to officially open next week, the Ravens are still waiting for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to rule on the status of running back Ray Rice, but they have more pressing concerns going into the first quarter of the season. Rice faces suspension for an incident in February in which he is accused of knocking out his then-fiancee during an altercation. The prediction here is that Rice will be suspended for two to four games. The Ravens have capable replacements, but there are deeper concerns.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
If he had it his way, Kelechi Osemele wouldn't be moving anywhere. The Ravens would re-sign free agent left tackle Bryant McKinnie and the offensive line, minus the retired Matt Birk, would start the 2013 season like it ended last year. "It would be good to have that same lineup but things change and you have to be able to adapt," Osemele said Tuesday. After just one NFL season, Osemele has learned that lesson already. A second-round pick in 2012, Osemele started all 16 regular-season games for the Ravens at right tackle, a position that he hadn't played extensively in several years.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
The Ravens' top decision makers are always preaching about the importance of roster competition. They want it at every position, not just for starting roles but for special teams units and back-end roster spots. Heading into training camp which officially begins with the first full-squad practice on July 24, the Ravens' front office has assembled a 90-man roster that will need to be whittled down to 53 in the coming weeks. The roster has a mixture of youth and experience and is particularly deep at wide receiver where 12 guys are competing for five or six spots.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | August 31, 2012
Rookie Kelechi Osemele said that he found out that he'd be playing right tackle the day before Thursday's preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams so he had little time to consider who he'd be lining up against. But it took just one Chris Long bull rush for Osemele to realize that he would be tested by the Rams' defensive end. “He was way stronger than I thought he was going to be,” said Osemele, the Ravens' second-round pick out of Iowa State who started all four preseason games, two at right tackle and two at left guard.
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By Matt Vensel | January 9, 2013
Kelechi Osemele, a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, has been challenged throughout his rookie year. Growing pains were to be expected, but Osemele has passed most of the tests. The latest came in Sunday's 24-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round, and he aced it. After starting every game during the regular season at right tackle, Osemele slid inside to left guard when the Ravens inserted Bryant McKinnie in the starting lineup and moved Michael Oher from left tackle to right tackle.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele , who has been dealing with a back injury, was not practicing Wednesday during the Ravens' final workout before they head into the bye week. Osemele has played in all seven games for the Ravens and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he's been dealing with the back issue since last year. Also not practicing for the Ravens were running back Bernard Pierce (hamstring), wide receiver Brandon Stokley (groin) and linebackers Albert McClellan (shoulder)
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April 17, 2013
If the Ravens started the season today, they would play Kelechi Osemele at left offensive tackle, and that would be a problem. Osemele, who started at right tackle and left guard last season, could be a left tackle down the road, but he has to improve his foot speed during this offseason. He struggled with speed rushers on the outside as a right tackle and it would be worse for him on the left side if there isn't significant improvement. Osemele is a tremendous talent. He is athletic, has good bend and punch and the ideal torso to be a left tackle.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Kelechi Osemele had just practiced for two hours under the hot afternoon sun and then retreated to the weight room for an extended workout after the Ravens' organized team activities were over on Wednesday. Sweat streamed down his forehead and his saturated white Ravens' T-shirt clung to his 6-foot-5, 330 pound frame. Yet, Osemele couldn't stop smiling. "This is the best I've felt since I was probably 19 or 20," Osemele said. "I feel great. " As the Ravens ramp up preparations for the start of training camp next month and attempt to solidify an offensive line that was arguably the 8-8 team's biggest issue last season, the health of Osemele is providing plenty of optimism.
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By Edward Lee | August 13, 2012
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.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
At the end of their Super Bowl XLVII-winning season, the Ravens were feeling pretty good about their 2012 draft class. Their first pick, strong-side linebacker Courtney Upshaw , who was taken early in the second round, played in all 16 games and started nine, made 55 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks and forced a fumble in the Super Bowl that led to a second-quarter touchdown drive for the Ravens. Second-rounder Kelechi Osemele started all 16 regular-season games at right tackle and then moved to left guard, where he was dominant at times during the Ravens' Super Bowl run. Third-round selection Bernard Pierce , Ray Rice's primary backup at running back, also picked up his game in the playoffs, averaging 5.2 yards per carry after a regular season in which he gained 532 yards and scored a touchdown.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
Coach John Harbaugh said at the end of mandatory minicamp Thursday that all of the Ravens who were limited or kept out this week by injuries could be back by the time training camp starts June 24. “I'd say it looks really good for almost all those guys,” Harbaugh said. Four players have been absent from all three days of minicamp: offensive lineman Jah Reid, nose tackle Terrence Cody, wide receiver Kamar Aiken and rookie offensive tackle Parker Graham. Cody also missed OTAs while recovering from offseason hip surgery, while Reid was out with a strained calf.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Eugene Monroe joined the Ravens last October as reinforcement for an offensive line that was equal parts injured and ineffective. Now that he's settled in Baltimore, the offensive tackle has begun to jel with the new-look offensive line and look towards a strong 2014 season. “It's definitely a good situation to be here the entire offseason, knowing who you're going to play with and getting better together,” Monroe said Wednesday. “It has been fun. I've been enjoying it.” The Ravens acquired Monroe from Jacksonville for a fourth- and fifth-round pick last season, and signed him to a five-year, $37.5 million contract extension shortly after free agency opened in March.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Kelechi Osemele had just practiced for two hours under the hot afternoon sun and then retreated to the weight room for an extended workout after the Ravens' organized team activities were over on Wednesday. Sweat streamed down his forehead and his saturated white Ravens' T-shirt clung to his 6-foot-5, 330 pound frame. Yet, Osemele couldn't stop smiling. "This is the best I've felt since I was probably 19 or 20," Osemele said. "I feel great. " As the Ravens ramp up preparations for the start of training camp next month and attempt to solidify an offensive line that was arguably the 8-8 team's biggest issue last season, the health of Osemele is providing plenty of optimism.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The most pleasing sight for Ravens officials during the first week of organized team activities had to be Kelechi Osemele popping off the ball and running around the field like a guy who was truly happy to be healthy again. There's not enough contact in these OTAs to determine how healthy and strong Osemele is after his back surgery in November, but the third-year guard certainly looked the part, sprinting from drill to drill and to and from the huddle. There is a lot of talk about the competition at right tackle, and that's understandable.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
None of the Ravens' three roster additions following their rookie minicamp over the weekend are strangers to the NFL. Tight end Phillip Supernaw , 24, spent part of the 2012 season on the Houston Texans' practice squad and played in one game for the Texans last season. Fullback Shaun Chapas , 26, played in six career games for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. And offensive guard Will Rackley , 25, played three seasons for the Jaguars, starting 25 games.
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Mike Preston | September 3, 2012
Ravens rookie offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele says the coaching staff has told him he would play a very substantial role this season. I agree. In fact, they should start him at left guard in the season opener Monday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens have shuffled offensive linemen throughout the preseason, and the No. 1 group should be Bryant McKinnie at left tackle, Matt Birk at center, Marshal Yanda at right guard, Michael Oher at right tackle and Osemele. It wasn't the upgrade Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome promised at the end of last season, but it's a good, solid starting five.
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By Edward Lee | July 29, 2012
Ravens coach John Harbaugh took the bold initiative of stating that rookie Kelechi Osemele could start at right tackle. The organization's second-round pick in April's NFL draft didn't disagree with that sentiment. “Right now, it'll come down to practices and reps and stuff,” Osemele said after Saturday's practice at the team's training complex in Owings Mills. “I still don't have it down 100 percent. So right now, I'm just trying to learn from the older guys, but come September, I'll be ready.” Osemele's confidence comes on the heels of Harbaugh's post-practice comments on Friday when he was asked whether Osemele could open the regular season against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept.
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Mike Preston | May 11, 2014
An average football team had an average draft. The Ravens came away from the annual event held over the weekend with nine rookies, but only two - linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety Terrence Brooks - will have immediate impact. A third, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, could make this draft a little bit more special. Ideally, the Ravens wanted to draft a quality offensive tackle or guard. They did get better on defense, but the biggest weakness from a year ago is still a major problem.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
The Ravens picked their first offensive lineman of the draft, selecting Penn State guard John Urschel in the fifth round with the 175th pick. "It feels fantastic," Urschel said. "Believe me, I'm honored and I'm humbled. " Urschel started 24 games at right guard for Penn State over the past two seasons and excelled on and off the field. He was the recipient of the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the nation's top scholar-athlete. He graduated with a degree in mathematics, finishing with a 4.0 grade-point average during his Penn State career.
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