3 Questions after 1st Ravens and Commanders joint practice. Baltimore drafted a ROY?

1. Is the left side of the offensive line already locked?

2. Do the Ravens really need more pass rushers?

3. Did Baltimore really draft the Offensive Rookie of the Year?

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After securing their 24th consecutive preseason victory and celebrating such a historic feat by having a comfortable Monday practice, the Baltimore Ravens shifted gears dramatically on Tuesday as they welcomed the Washington Commanders for the first of their consecutive joint sessions at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md.

The intensity escalated, temperatures soared, and tensions even flared into a scuffle between one of your Flock wide receivers and a Commies defensive back. Of course, there was also Mark Andrew's bodyslamming D.C. foes.

Amidst this dynamic atmosphere and in front of more reporters than ever at The Castle, multiple players shone on Tuesday, as reported from the facilities by witnesses. Tylan Wallace exhibited agile routes and impactful moves, Patrick Ricard reclaimed his customary fullback/tight end role, James Proche made his return, and Ben Cleveland persisted in taking reps on the right side of the offensive line, constituting just a few of the noteworthy developments of the day.

Here are three questions worth asking following Day 16 of training camp and the first joint practice between Ravens and Commanders, held on Tuesday at the UAPC in Owings Mills before both teams fight each other once again on Wednesday.

1. Is the left side of the offensive line already locked?

The first clue about the Ravens' offensive line outlook for the 2023 season came when the franchise released its first depth chart ahead of the start of the preseason.

The second clue came in the actual matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.

Following the first joint practice between Baltimore and Washington, though, the writing on the wall could have already been set in stone: Ben Cleveland is pretty much a forgotten man and a long-shot option to make it to the left side of the line with his lone chances going through taking reps at either right guard or tackle.

Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com wrote this about Tuesday's practice on his report following Day 16 of training camp.

"The Commanders have a very strong defensive front four, but the Ravens' offensive line held up well, even without left tackle Ronnie Stanley practicing. Patrick Mekari took the left tackle reps with the first team and John Simpson was at left guard. "

Ryan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com

The Ravens went with John Simpson at LG and Patrick Mekari at LT in the absence of veteran Ronnie Stanley. Not even the latter's absence helped Cleveland get some reps on the left side, so you can consider him cooked.

It's going to be a two-man race for the starting LG position and it will only involve leading candidate Simpson and rookie sixth-rounder Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu. Those were the two names listed in the first depth chart on the LG column, and those are legitimately the two players under consideration to get the starting role.

Speaking of Stanley, Harbaugh said that he "was just protecting his ankle a little bit," and that he's not suffered any setback even though he's missed back-to-back practices to start the week while also not appearing in Week 1 of the preseason against the Eagles.