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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 | April 21, 2014
The Ravens will go over numerous scenarios in the days leading up to the NFL draft that might play out in the first round, but they probably won't make a move until they are on the clock with the No. 17 overall pick. And they could trade with another team and move back in the first round. The consensus among most top team executives and so-called experts is that this is a deep draft, and that most of the top 10 to 15 players will be gone when it's time for the Ravens to choose. So unless a highly rated player falls to the Ravens, general manager Ozzie Newsome could decide to move back to a slot between Nos. 24 and 28 in the first round.
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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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Mike Preston | April 7, 2014
The Ravens can't seem to tackle this problem. When it comes to right offensive tackles, they haven't been able to secure one with longevity. They've been through at least 17 starters at that position since the franchise moved from Cleveland to Baltimore for the 1996 season. They've had some big softies like James Atkins and Adam Terry. They've had some fake tough guys like Jah Reid and Tony Pashos. There were some who were over the hill like Willie Anderson, Leon Searcy and Erik Williams, and others who couldn't hold the snap count past one like Michael Oher and Ethan Brooks.
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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 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 | 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 Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh briefly spoke to reporters at the team facility Tuesday, reiterating several things that he said at last week's NFL owners meetings. The team is still active on the free-agent market and remains in talks with the representatives of free-agent tight ends Ed Dickson and Owen Daniels. Harbaugh acknowledged that cornerback Corey Graham, who signed last month with the Buffalo Bills, was a significant loss, and while he has confidence in Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson, the Ravens are also looking to add another cornerback.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it clear that despite a busy two weeks, the Ravens aren't done in free agency. They still have more work to do throughout their roster, including an offensive line that remains under construction. Harbaugh revealed part of the organization's plans for the offensive line on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, indicating that recent trade acquisition Jeremy Zuttah will be the starting center and Kelechi Osemele is in line to start at left guard rather than right tackle.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
ORLANDO -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh just spoke with reporters for about an hour on a variety of topics at the NFL owners meetings. Here are some of the highlights: Like owner Steve Bisciotti did a day earlier, Harbaugh again defended Ray Rice and said that, despite the running back's legal issues, Rice will be on the team in 2014. Harbaugh, however, acknowledged that the team's three arrests in a 22-day span were embarrassing and inexcusable. Harbaugh confirmed that Jeremy Zuttah , who was acquired Sunday for a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, is projected as the starting center.
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Mike Preston | March 25, 2014
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is in his bargain-basement mode these days. Over the weekend the Ravens added two new players, which got a lot of fans excited, but neither center Jeremy Zuttah, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, nor former St. Louis Rams safety Darian Stewart should make a dramatic difference to the Ravens this season. It appears that Newsome is filling in some gaps, like finding another backup running back or a rotational defensive lineman, but the major lifting is over until the NFL draft in May. Oh sure, Zuttah is better than Gino Gradkowski, who started at center last season for the Ravens.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A year ago, the Ravens' contingent arrived at the NFL owners' meetings riding a wave of emotion. About a month and a half earlier, the Ravens finalized a stunning playoff run by beating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII and to capture the organization's second Lombardi Trophy. In the days that followed, they enjoyed the highs of a grand parade and the lows of watching part of the nucleus of the team get torn apart through retirements, trades and free-agent defections.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
New Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is confident. But if you listen to every interview that he's done since signing with the team, it's clear that he wants everybody to know that he doesn't view himself as the final piece to the Ravens' puzzle. The 34-year-old has been refreshingly honest about the fact that he's in the twilight of his career. He's acknowledged that he's no longer a No. 1 receiver at this stage, and he admitted that one of the draws of signing with the Ravens was that they have several established players on offense - he specifically mentioned Torrey Smith , Jacoby Jones and Ray Rice - so there's not as much pressure on him. Then, when he spoke about Gary Kubiak's offense with the Houston Texans, he said he saw himself not in the role of perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson , but in the role of Kevin Walter , who never caught more than 65 passes in a season.
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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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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2012
They gathered in the living room at their mother's Northwest Houston home the way they did so many times growing up. But for Kelechi Osemele, this April night was all about moving forward rather than looking back. The sibling rivalry he endured with his three older sisters had helped prepare him for this moment. His relationship with his mother was turbulent at times, but he now knew why Imelda Osemele had always been so strict and demanding. His father was not present for his big night, nor had he been around for much of his life.
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Mike Preston | March 12, 2014
The Ravens have had success in the first two phases of rebuilding their offense, but there is still a major concern about the third. Where is the improvement on the interior of the offensive line? The Ravens hired Gary Kubiak, one of the game's most respected offensive minds, as their offensive coordinator and have re-signed several of their top unrestricted free agents in tight end Dennis Pitta, tackle Eugene Monroe and receiver Jacoby Jones, but they still have needs at center and left guard.
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By Aaron Wilson and Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
Fulfilling their top free agent priority, the  Ravens  have agreed to a five-year deal with left tackle  Eugene Monroe , the first step in an expected offensive line makeover.  Monroe, whom the Ravens acquired from the  Jacksonville Jaguars  in October for fourth- and fifth-round picks, was considered one of the top left tackles on the free-agent market. However, the Ravens were able to lock him up to a five-year, $37.5 million deal not long after the market opened at 4 p.m. According to a source, the deal includes an $11 million signing bonus and $19 million in guarantee money.
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