Reporting Rob Long
When the Baltimore Ravens announced that they had reached an agreement with former Minnesota Vikings’ offensive tackle, all of the question immediately pointed to whether or not the former Pro-Bowler would play left or right tackle?
Bryant McKinnie was cut from the Vikings because he was fat. Now, after working out for three weeks, the Ravens are hoping that the former Miami Hurricane standout will return to form and help anchor an offensive line that could use the help.
The question as to whether McKinnie will play left or right tackle was answered by the player on ESPN’s Radio Brian Kenny Show when he said, “Yeah they told me. I’m going to play left.” If that’s true, that means the team is moving Michael Oher back to the right side where is was outstanding during the 2009 season.
Now, the question is whether or not that will bruise the ego of Oher? He is obviously a better right tackle and it seems as if he thinks too much on the left side. With that move, if it happens, makes the line so much better. That means a recent pro-bowler is at left tackle next to a left guard who is pro-bowl caliber in Ben Grubbs. The right guard is manned by Marshall Yanda, who’s outstanding in his own right. Now, if Matt Birk can come back, your line is pretty solid.
This could make the offense potent if Joe Flacco takes another step the way he has after his first two off-seasons. The moves at wide receiver will help that as well. The running game should be improved as well. You see, this is why in Ozzie we trust.
Rob Long – 105.7 The Fan On-air Host & Staff Writer
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