It didn’t take long for Ravens coach John Harbaugh to hit mid-season stride.
At his first weekly Monday press conference of the season, Harbaugh declined to go into any detailed response about the team’s offensive line, injuries and anything else he views as pertinent information that could tip the team’s hand before the season opener on Sunday.
“No, we’re just going to go practice and play the game,” Harbaugh said, when asked about his team’s offensive line. “We’re not going to really talk about the depth chart too much.”
According to the depth chart released on the team’s website on Monday, Matt Skura is the starting center and D.J. Fluker is the starting right guard.
That same depth chart, however, also has running back J.K. Dobbins as the team’s fourth-string running back.
Given Dobbins' useage during training-camp practices, his draft spot and his pedigree, that seems a bit low. Never a good idea to put too much stock in initial depth charts anyway. Rookies have to earn their place, of course, but fair to say, Dobbins will be a factor this season sooner than later.
While the Ravens’ offensive tackles are set with Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr., the interior of the offensive line remains a question mark. With Bradley Bozeman set to start at left guard, center and right guard are still up in the air.
Skura, who practiced in training camp after a serious knee injury last November, and Patrick Mekari are the team’s options to start at center. Tyre Phillips and Fluker are options to start at right guard.
On the injury-front, Harbaugh said that the team is healthy as the team marches into the regular season.
Still, he kept quiet when asked if some players could miss Sunday’s game against the Browns.
“Well it’s possible, and there are guys that may miss the game,” Harbaugh said. “So it’s both.”