Ravens OL shifts with Bobbie Williams absent

With Bobbie Williams out of practice, left tackle Bryant McKinnie earned reps with the first team on Monday. Kelechi Osemele filled in at right guard and Michael Oher played at right tackle.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With left guard Bobbie Williams resting the ankle he broke last December, the offensive line moved some pieces around during Monday's practice.

Bryant McKinnie jumped back up to the starting left tackle position he's accustomed to playing. Michael Oher moved back to right tackle and Kelechi Osemele moved to fill in for Williams at left guard.

Coach John Harbaugh said Williams' ankle swelled up and that he'll have Monday and Tuesday to rest it.

"(Williams) really has been working hard, but he needs it and it will be good for him," Harbaugh said. "It will help him. So, now you have an opportunity with that spot there to roll some guys in and move some guys around. It works out real well."

Though Osemele moved to left guard for practice, he has indicated he'd prefer to play tackle. Of course, in the NFL, you're going to play where the coaches need you to play.

"I feel like I'm actually more comfortable at tackle in general, so (moving to right tackle) has been a good move for me so far, but I'm just trying to plug in there wherever I can and make the team better.

"Long-term, I'd rather be outside. It's where I'm more comfortable and it feels more natural to me, but I've been hearing from a lot people that my frame would work really well at guard."

(My take: This signifies that Osemele is the backup left guard. Jah Reid returned to practice today and went straight into playing right tackle with the second team. The coaches have been impressed with Osemele and I believe the rookie has a lot of potential in this league.)

Cundiff misfires In the first true falter of the kicking competition, Billy Cundiff missed two easy field goals in perfect weather. The first miss was wide left from 24 yards. The second miss went wide right from 34 yards. Harbaugh explained what happened on the first miss.

"That was a real high snap, so that threw his timing off, and Billy was out in front of it," he said. "I think sometimes when you have bad conditions, the kicker will slow down to account for the possibility of a bad snap plus a plant foot sliding. So, a high snap like that in good conditions, he really didn't expect that he was out in front of it, and that's why he missed it. You still need to make it, but it makes it tougher."

Cundiff finished the day five-for-eight on field goals. Conversely, rookie Justin Tucker made six of seven with a long of 52.

(My take: The key words from Harbaugh is "You still need to make it." Harbaugh's not a guy to throw his players under the bus, even when they do perform badly. His mantra comes from Bo Schembechler's famous phrase, "The team, the team, the team." However, the fact he said Cundiff still needed to make the kick is a bit telling. I previously said rookie Justin Tucker could only get the job if Cundiff gave the Ravens a real reason to let him go. He certainly didn't help his cause on Monday. This battle will be real interesting to watch on Friday, assuming the kickers get more chances than they did against Atlanta.)

Back from injury: Wide receiver Tandon Doss (hamstring), cornerback Chykie Brown (hamstring) and offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) were back at practice Monday. Reid played the most, stepping in at second team right guard. Doss and Brown appeared to be limited.

Injury report: LG Bobbie Williams (ankle), TE Ed Dickson (shoulder), WR Jacoby Jones (leg), WR David Reed (ACL), CB Asa Jackson (hamstring), LB Josh Bynes (vertebrae), TE Dennis Pitta (hand), DE Pernell McPhee (knee), LB Darryl Blackstock (groin), OLB Terrell Suggs (Achilles), WR Devin Goda (undisclosed) and DT Ryan McBean (broken ankle) did not practice.


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