Here are three position battles to keep an eye out for during the Baltimore Ravens preseason games:
3. Offensive Line:
The Baltimore Ravens offensive line on September 9th is still a lineup that’s anyone’s guess. The Ravens have a couple of answers. They know that Ronnie Stanley is the left tackle and Marshal Yanda is the right guard. It looks like Orlando Brown Jr. will be the starting right tackle. In two preseason games Brown Jr. has given the Ravens every reason to trust him on the right side. That makes three answers (kind of).
The good news is that leaves the Ravens with just two questions up front, the bad news is that they’re not close to a solution. The Ravens have a lot of options at left guard. Alex Lewis and James Hurst are the most viable players for this job. The Ravens also could use Nico Siragusa or Jermaine Eluemunor. This sounds pretty good, right? Well at center it is less clear. Matt Skura came into camp as the leader for this job, but hasn’t been overly impressive. Bradley Bozeman is another option.
With all the talent at guard and just one spot to fill, converting Lewis to center becomes a very intriguing possibility. That means that Skura, who has some experience at both guard and center, is competing with Lewis just as much as he is Bozeman. That means the starting five could be either. It will be very interesting to see if Lewis gets playing time at the center position. If he doesn’t this could be nothing more than speculation. Hopefully the last three preseason games provide some clarity on this matter.
- Stanley, Hurst, Lewis, Yanda, Brown Jr.
- Stanley, Hurst or Lewis, Skura, Yanda, Brown Jr.