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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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Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Ravens survived an emergency situation at left guard when starter Kelechi Osemele was ruled out shortly before kickoff after testing out his bruised, hyperextended right knee during warmups. Osemele looked immobile while trying to do drills in the end zone, noticeably favoring his knee and unable to plant and change direction enough to convince the coaching staff and trainers to play him. So, the Ravens started rookie fifth-round draft pick John Urschel in place of Osemele after initially announcing that backup center Gino Gradkowski would start at left guard.
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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 Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Eight Ravens didn't practice on Wednesday, including six starters. The only players not expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though, are offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, defensive end Chris Canty and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Monroe is out for at least a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery prior to the Ravens' win over the Carolina Panthers, according to a source. Canty had successful wrist surgery and is out for two to three weeks, barring a setback, according to a source.
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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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Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Ravens survived an emergency situation at left guard when starter Kelechi Osemele was ruled out shortly before kickoff after testing out his bruised, hyperextended right knee during warmups. Osemele looked immobile while trying to do drills in the end zone, noticeably favoring his knee and unable to plant and change direction enough to convince the coaching staff and trainers to play him. So, the Ravens started rookie fifth-round draft pick John Urschel in place of Osemele after initially announcing that backup center Gino Gradkowski would start 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 | August 6, 2014
The tingling sensation Ravens offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele felt in his toes when he walked to his car every morning was alarming more than anything else. The time it took him to do seemingly routine tasks, such as going to the bathroom, was a source of frustration. The pain was constant and excruciating, so intense he could barely sleep, let alone block a 320-pound defensive tackle. For Osemele, though, the hardest part of the back injury that required surgery and prematurely ended his 2013 season was probably just the general feeling of anguish.
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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 Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- It wasn't long before Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck discovered the location of Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb . Once Luck found Webb, he began regularly peppering the veteran cornerback with a series of short-to-intermediate passes to his receivers. Webb allowed no touchdown passes or deep completions, but Luck completed several passes on him for first downs during the Colts' 20-13 win on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. That included the bulk of wide receiver Reggie Wayne 's seven catches for 77 yards along with a 16-yard completion to wide receiver Hakeem Nicks in the fourth quarter two plays before Luck rushed for a 13-yard touchdown.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Led by guards Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda and featuring undrafted rookie James Hurst at left tackle, the Ravens' offensive line held its opponent without a sack for the third straight game and paved the way for another strong performance by the team's running backs. The five-man line, which features only Yanda in the same role as he played last year, has become a strength for the team after spending 2013 as the offense's scapegoat. "It's been really good," quarterback Joe Flacco said after Sunday's 38-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.
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Mike Preston | September 25, 2014
Soon after the 2013 season ended, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh admitted that he knew his offense was in trouble once tight end Dennis Pitta was injured and declared out for the season shortly into training camp. Pitta is out for the season again after he re-injured his hip Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, and the Ravens announced Wednesday that starting left tackle Eugene Monroe could be out for an extended period because of a knee injury. It's not a good situation for the Ravens, who play the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers within the next six weeks.
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Mike Preston | August 29, 2014
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has to be a little nervous these days. The Ravens are a few players away from being a good football team, and Newsome has several days remaining before the team begins preparation for the season opener here against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 7. So, I suspect Newsome's fingers are busy calling around the league in an effort to find a cornerback or a guard or tackle in exchange for his team's surplus of receivers and linebackers. There is a fine line between being a serious contender and being average in the NFL, and the Ravens want to take it to the next level.
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Mike Preston | August 23, 2014
After three preseason games, the Ravens are back to square one. There were questions about the offensive line as training camp opened, and they surfaced again during Saturday night's 23-17 win against the Washington Redskins in preseason game No. 3 at M&T Bank Stadium. If this was supposed to be the offensive line's showcase performance before the start of the regular season Sept. 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals, then the Ravens have a lot of work to do. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is unlikely to start the entire unit next week in the final preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, but he has to be concerned.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
The Ravens are banking on an encouraging start against the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason opener to set an aggressive tone for their red-zone offense under the direction of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Last season, they were one of the worst red-zone outfits in the NFL, ranking 31st in the league in red-zone efficiency. They scored just 24 touchdowns on 52 trips inside opponents' 20-yard line. This year, though, the Ravens are displaying signs of turning around one of the most frustrating aspects of their 2013 season.
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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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Mike Preston | August 7, 2014
It is early in the preseason, so it's OK to dream at this point. After an impressive drive on their only series together as starters, the Ravens had something to smile about Thursday night in the preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers. What if this offensive line can play this well all season? We're not going to get ridiculous here. The Ravens had a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by Bernard Pierce on their opening drive. Of course the 49ers had six defensive starters out of the lineup, and their game-day intensity was certainly lacking, but that's not what you look for in preseason game No. 1. On the offensive line, you look for communication and cohesion.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The tingling sensation Ravens offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele felt in his toes when he walked to his car every morning was alarming more than anything else. The time it took him to do seemingly routine tasks, such as going to the bathroom, was a source of frustration. The pain was constant and excruciating, so intense he could barely sleep, let alone block a 320-pound defensive tackle. For Osemele, though, the hardest part of the back injury that required surgery and prematurely ended his 2013 season was probably just the general feeling of anguish.
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