To be the Baltimore Ravens’ true RT, Kelechi Osemele has to step up now. The team is looking for him to be the main reason they let Michael Oher run off to the Tennessee Titans. I am not saying that Oher was even worth keeping, but what I am saying is that the Ravens felt secure in their decision to look to Osemele for positive results in the upcoming 2014 season.
With that said, I still believe Baltimore will bring in some competition via the draft to compete with him. As long as KO can remain healthy and as long as whoever they bring in isn’t a first round pick, Osemele should be able to beat them out for the starting position.
I say this because in the limited time we have seen Osemele at RT, he has been more than capable of handling his business in the run game as well as pass protection. He started all 16 regular season games for the Ravens in 2013 before moving inside to guard.
Former OC Jim Caldwell had this to say when referring to Osemele, according to the Baltimore Sun: “… I think you’re going to see that he gets better and better over time.” With recently-signed Eugene Monroe anchoring the LT position and KO on the right, the Ravens feel confident that Joe Flacco will be standing a little taller in the pocket this 2014 NFL season.
Ray Rice may actually get the ball out of the backfield this year with Oher out of the picture and Osemele in. Things appear to be on the up for the Ravens, and they can only get better with the draft a little over a month away. We all know there is a glaring hole that needs to be filled in the guard position. Newsome will address this, but there is some comfort in knowing that the tackle situation is being handled.