Coach John Harbaugh has said all along that the best five offensive linemen would start vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, avoiding the question of whether or not veteran Bryant McKinnie would retain his position with the first unit at left tackle.
It is starting to appear that rookie Kelechi Osemele, who said he would have a "substantial" role with the offensive line earlier in the week while Harbaugh concurred, will be starting instead as the offensive line shifts.
"I think so," said Osemele, when asked if he was starting at tackle Saturday. "It looks like it."
Osemele, who has impressed throughout the preseason, likely will start at right tackle opposite Michael Oher. In the final exhibition game at the St. Louis Rams, Osemele started at right tackle while Oher rested.
Oher was the starting right tackle last season, but when the Ravens opened preseason play this time he was moved to the left side in place of McKinnie, who came into camp out of condition and drew the ire of the coaching staff. McKinnie was relegated to practicing with the second team.
McKinnie, going into his 12th season and listed as first on the depth chart at left tackle, almost left the Ravens earlier in the week when he was asked to restructure his contract.