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Oher is all right with left tackle

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Oher is all right with left tackle

Well, they say that necessity is the mother of invention. And that might be the case for the Ravens when it comes to the left side of the offensive line.
With left tackle Bryant McKinnie still a no-show at training camp, the Ravens have moved Michael Oher back to left tackle. Thats the position he came into the NFL playing, but the Ravens officially shifted him to right tackle last year after getting McKinnie.
Oher came into the NFL in 2009 as a left tackle and did play some right tackle early on. He started five games there during his rookie season. But even though Oher was effective on the left side, he struggled more there.
The Ravens moved him to the right side last year, and he played better. Theyre hoping that now, in his fourth year, hes got more experience and will be ready to go if left tackle is where he stays.
Michael, really, when you think about it, since he has gone from right to left to right, to have the ability to go back to left, is versatile on both sides and can set and play left tackle, said offensive line coach Andy Moeller when talking to the media this week.
Younger offensive linemen have moved around in their first few years while learning about life in the NFL and making the transition from college.
Jonathan Ogden, the teams initial No. 1 draft pick in 1996, came in as a left tackle but started as a left guard his first year since the team already had Tony Jones, a very good lineman. In fact, Jones himself played right tackle early in his career before moving to the left side. Ogden moved to left tackle his second season when Jones went to the Broncos and never left.
Thats why the move of Oher back to the left isnt all that unusual. The question is how well he can do. Oher himself doesnt seem too worried.
I got a lot of snaps at left tackle in the spring and at right tackle, Oher said when talking with the media. I played both positions my first and second year, so its no big deal. Im a good enough athlete to play either way, so its no problem with me.

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.

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