Ravens guard Marshal Yanda will decide soon if he will play in the Pro Bowl, and if he will need surgery on his injured shoulder. Either way, Yanda expects to move back to right guard next season, after ending the 2016 season at left guard to better cope with his shoulder injury.
“Yes, I’ll be back at right guard,” Yanda said as he cleaned out his locker.
As for surgery and the Pro Bowl, Yanda said, “We don’t know yet. We’re figuring that out. We’ll figure that out this week.”
Yanda remains one of the Ravens’ core players as a six-time Pro Bowler, and the team added two talented rookie starters in left tackle Ronnie Stanley and left guard Alex Lewis. However, more changes to the line may be coming. Right tackle Rick Wagner is a free agent, and center Jeremy Zuttah did not have his best season.
The Ravens need to be more committed to the running game next season, but Yanda said he was focused on getting healthy and playing at a high level, and not second-guessing the offense. Yanda will leave the direction of the offense to coach John Harbaugh and to the offensive coordinator, whether it’s Marty Mornhinweg or someone else.
“It would be nice to run the ball more, but in the end, I found out with that over the years, that’s Marty’s call,” Yanda said. “That’s John’s call. That’s their decision to make the call run or pass. We’re there to execute the play at a high level and not try to waste time thinking about that. There’s no use throwing your helmet on the sideline and doing stuff like that. It doesn’t help. What helps is that you’re locked in to run the play that’s called, because that’s my job. That’s Marty’s job to call the plays. That’s John’s job. Let them do their job, and we’ll do ours.”
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