2018 Preseason: 5 Ravens to watch versus the Rams
The Ravens offensive line as a whole had a poor showing in the Hall of Fame Game against the Chicago Bears. The Ravens surrendered eight sacks to the Bears and simply looked out-matched throughout the game. This is a trend that can’t continue going into the season.
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Granted this game was played without stalwarts Ronnie Stanley and Marshal Yanda, the Ravens would still like to see some of their younger players step up. One of those players is rookie center/guard Bradley Bozeman.
Bozeman wasn’t highly regarded coming out of the University of Alabama, but the Ravens thought enough of him to invest draft capital into his services. Bozeman is also in a position to compete for a starting spot on the offensive line. If he wants any hope of being the week one starter, he’ll need to have himself a stellar preseason. But, there is stiff competition for a starting gig, including…
Matt Skura also plans to throw his name in the hat for a starting gig on the Ravens offensive line. With Nico Siragusa and Jermaine Eluemunor also hoping to play a part in the interior offensive line competition, Skura will have to play at his best to separate himself from the pack, even against lower competition.
Skura isn’t even a lock to make the roster, but has managed to stay on the team’s practice squad each of the last two seasons. Obviously the Ravens want to keep him around for spot starts because of injuries, as was the case in 2017. That kind of loyalty goes a long-ways when it comes to trust and dependency.
The battle for the interior of the offensive line is definitely a fight to watch throughout the preseason, but Skura might be the lead dog to land a starting spot somewhere on the interior of the offensive line.