When Bryant McKinnie signed with the Baltimore Ravens, many asked whether or not he would be in good enough shape to last a full sixty minutes of a NFL game. Ravens fans were pleasantly surprised when McKinnie not only lasted the whole game, but shut down one of the league’s most feared pass rusher in James Harrison. Harrison has had field days against the Ravens in years past, but McKinnie physically out maneuvered him today. I haven’t felt this comfortable with LT since Jonathan Ogden. McKinnie and Ogden are both of similar stature coming in at 6’8″ and 6’9″ respectively. A solid anchor at LT does wonders for a team and Bryant McKinnie showed that today.
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I feel much more comfortable with Michael Oher on the right side. Even though he’s known for protecting “The Blind Side”, Oher just wasn’t doing it for me at left tackle last year. He openly accepted the switch to the right side so why not leave him there? He’s much more effective on that side and causes less penalties.
It’s only been one week of football but so far, McKinnie looks like the answer for the Ravens. He cancelled out James Harrison and set the tone after making two key blocks for Ray Rice on the opening play. To say I was happy with the offensive line’s performance is an understatement.