In the second preseason game, no one plays too much. Starters play a few series, then subs replace them, and then third- and fourth-stringers replace them. At least that's the idea.
But Saturday night in Philadelphia, Ravens lineman Ryan Jensen played all 92 offensive snaps, an unheard-of workload for Week 2 of the preseason. The Ravens were already missing several linemen, and then lost a couple of others during the game. So Jensen played every snap, and he helped his chances of making the team with his performance on Saturday night.
Jensen, primarily a guard and center, started at left guard in place of injured Kelechi Osemele (Achilles), then moved to left tackle after injuries sidelined Eugene Monroe (arm) and James Hurst (concussion).
"For Ryan Jensen to play two or three spots the way he did and end up at left tackle and to play the way he did ... It’s not really how you plan it, but sometimes you’re forced into finding out that guys can do more than you think they can do," coach John Harbaugh said on Monday.
Jensen, a sixth-round pick out of Colorado State-Pueblo in 2013, has pretty much spent his entire NFL career on the roster bubble, and he finds himself there again 10 days before the final cutdown to 53 players.
Jensen (6-4, 310) made the team as a rookie but was a game-day inactive in all 16 games. Last season, he was among the team's final cuts in August, then joined the practice squad and was promoted to the active roster late in the season.
This year, the Ravens return all five starters along the offensive line, and Jensen is among several players competing for what will probably be three or four reserve linemen spots on the final 53-man roster.
But with so many injury questions -- Osemele, Monroe, Hurst, guard John Urschel (concussion), rookie guard Robert Myers (concussion), tackle Jah Reid (back), among others -- Jensen's versatility could be his ticket onto the roster.
Jensen last year was diagnosed and treated for severe sleep apnea, which he said had affected his sleep, his energy level and his strength.
"I feel healthier this year than I did last year, with everything that was going on health-related last year with my sleep apnea," Jensen said. "I finally got that under control now, and I feel bigger and stronger."
Jensen did not practice on Wednesday (undisclosed), but he could be in line for another heavy workload on Saturday night against the Redskins.
"I feel like I've been having a solid camp," Jensen said. "I've been working my butt off and trying to make this team."
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