OWINGS MILLS — Ronnie Stanley and Laremy Tunsil will be on the same field Sunday for the first time since Tunsil’s infamous draft night in April.
The Ravens took Stanley, their starting left tackle, with the No. 6 pick. But they were considering drafting Tunsil, until his Twitter account was hacked just hours before the draft, and someone posted a picture of Tunsil smoking a substance from a bong while wearing a gas mask.
Tunsil plummeted to the Dolphins, who took him with the 13th pick, and have started Tunsil at left guard when healthy. The Ravens host the Dolphins on Sunday, and, of course Stanley was asked about Tunsil following Wednesday’s practice.
“That’s my guy,” Stanley said. “We met at the draft. He’s a really awesome kid and a good person. I hated to see what happened to him (on draft night). I wish the best for him. I know he’s doing good out there in Miami. Other than that, that’s pretty much been our relationship.”
The Ravens have never regretted their decision to draft Stanley, who was anointed the starter from training camp. Note that the Ravens are 6-1 with Stanley in the lineup and 0-4 without him.
Missing four games in October with a foot injury was a setback for Stanley, but in his three games since returning, Stanley has gotten better each week.
“The thing I like about Ronnie, I’ve said this before, is that Ronnie is very smart, to go on top of his talent,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He improves. He doesn’t make mistakes on top of the same mistake.”
Stanley watched Tunsil pay for a mistake on draft night. Asked how close the Ravens were to drafting Tunsil, Harbaugh said, “I would say it doesn’t matter, and really, there’s no way to measure it. I don’t even know, and I was in the draft room. I would probably say (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) doesn’t know for sure. Or maybe Ozzie does, but he wasn’t telling us.”
With the Ravens and Dolphins both in playoff contention, Stanley said he won’t need extra motivation to outplay Tunsil on Sunday.
“I want to go out there and have a strong game for the win,” Stanley said. “I don’t do it for the bragging. I’ll say, ‘Congrats’ or, ‘What’s up?’ after, but the bottom line is I want to win.”
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