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Osemele impresses

The Ravens have continually put pressure on tackle Bryant McKinnie to try to get the most out of him in 2012.

When they gave him a 500,000 roster bonus in March, it was with the stipulation that he get himself in better shape.

After he worked through the spring and early summer to do just that, they held him out of the mandatory minicamp in June for conditioning purposes, showing him that more needed to be done.

When he skipped the start of training camp two weeks ago, they trotted out offensive line coach Andy Moeller for a media session in which he effectively said the line would be fine sans McKinnie. The big guy quickly hustled up from his home in Florida and reported.

But with camp in full swing now and McKinnie scheduled to practice all-out for the first time Monday, nothing is putting more pressure on McKinnie than rookie Kelechi Osemele. The 2012 second-round pick has jumped right into the Plan B starting lineup at right tackle, with Michael Oher shifting to McKinnies spot at left tackle.

"Its a lot of responsibility and a lot on my shoulders, but I wouldnt want it any other way, Osemele told the teams official website after Saturdays practice at M&T Bank Stadium. "Its a lot of pressure but thats a good thing. I think its a good thing and think its a good sign.

If anything, Osemele has already exhibited impressive versatility. After playing left tackle as a senior at Iowa State, he played left guard for the Ravens during OTAs. Now he has moved to right tackle.

"The switch has been going pretty good, Osemele said. "It feels good being back out there on the edge. Its fun and its a challenge, so I enjoy it.

Osemele is a big, athletic, tough, smart football player who will get better every snap he plays, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. Hes going to just keep getting better, better and better for the next three or four years. I would imagine hell be just like Michael (Oher) every snap get better, every day get better, every week, every game. Its just a matter of getting his fundamentals down and getting him some game experience. As you guys know, we draft people around here for a reason. Weve got us another one.

In the end, the Ravens probably would rather have McKinnie, with his 147 career starts, on the field in 2012. Veteran blind-side tackles are hard to find, and the mountainous McKinnie is one.

But McKinnies contract is up after this season, and if Osemele continues to impress, it is easy to envision the Ravens going with Oher and Osemele down the road.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Wide receiver battle underway

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Aside from the battle at left guard, the Ravens also have a battle going on at wide receiver. 13 of the 90-man roster are wide receivers, and when asked who have been standouts at practice thus far, many said Antoine Wesley and Sean Modster. 

2. Just for fun: The Ravens' team photographer Shawn Hubbard took these amazing portraits of the team that will get you hyped up for this season.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Left guard competition heating up

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens are still looking for a left guard and the competition is "wide open" according to Ravens media. Last week, Coach Harbaugh tried out 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor in the spot, acknowledging his hard work there.

2. Linebacker Kenny Young is expected to be a big playmaker this season. Now that C.J. Mosley is gone, Young is expected to fill that void. “I’m not going to make expectations for myself so soon, but what I expect to do right from the get-go is compete hard and make plays,” Young said to Ravens media. “My expectation is to make plays. That’s it. Make plays.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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