Ravens looking to sign a veteran OT after yet another injury

Ravens, Ty Nsekhe (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Ravens, Ty Nsekhe (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens have suffered a slew of injuries at the offensive tackle position so far this season. From Ronnie Stanley to Ja’Wuan James to now, most recently, Patrick Mekari, the Ravens can’t seem to catch a break.

As a result, the team has shown interest in adding some additional depth at the position. The Ravens brought in veteran offensive tackles Ty Nsekhe and Alex Taylor for workouts this past week as the Ravens looked to bolster their depth.

James has landed on the injured reserve after yet another season-ending torn Achilles. Stanley has played just one game since suffering his devastating ankle injury in 2020 and appears to be nearing a return.

Meanwhile, Mekari started in place of both at left tackle in Week 3 but sustained an ankle injury during the game and is expected to miss some time.

If Stanely is unable to play in Week 4, the Ravens will likely turn to rookie fourth-round pick Daniel Faalele who filled in for Mekari last week. Despite possessing very little experience at left tackle, Faalele held his own last Sunday.

Still, it’s clear the Ravens could use some extra depth. It’s no surprise they’ve brought in Nsekhe and Taylor.

The Ravens are in need of extra offensive tackle depth

Assuming Stanley doesn’t play this Sunday, the Ravens will be left with Faalele, Morgan Moses, and practice squad elevation David Sharpe as the only healthy and available offensive tackles.

Sharpe appeared in three games for the Ravens last season and has six career starts under his belt, but he probably shouldn’t be viewed as anything more than a last-resort option.

Although Stanely’s return appears to be on the horizon (it could come as soon as Sunday) and Mekari might not miss much time, it would still make sense to add another player.

Nsekhe is the more experienced of the two, having played over 90 career games since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012. As for Taylor, he’s appeared in just four games, spending time with the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns last season.

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Either way, the Ravens could use the extra depth. Don’t be surprised if they add another offensive tackle next week.