The Baltimore Ravens entered this offseason hoping to make drastic enhancements to their offensive line, and it’s nonetheless too early to inform whether or not their strikes will translate to success in 2022.
An injury-plagued O-line in 2021 noticed the Ravens enable the second-most sacks in the league, and by the top of the season, Baltimore’s entrance 5 ranked in the underside half of the league in go safety and blocking for the run.
Fans eagerly await the return of All-Pro deal with Ronnie Stanley this upcoming season, however they will additionally look ahead to the thrilling left guard battle about to happen throughout coaching camp.
Currently, the candidates for the beginning left guard are as follows: Tyre Phillips, Ben Powers, Pat Mekari, and Ben Cleveland. Cleveland’s inventory has since dipped this summer time, and in all probability, he most likely received’t win the beginning job in Week 1.
As for the others, nevertheless, every participant has a good likelihood at nabbing the position relying on how properly every fares in the preseason.
Baltimore Ravens writer Clifton Brown had this to say in regards to the tense left guard competitors:
“There isn’t a clear leader at left guard heading into training camp. If I had to name a favorite now, I’d go with Tyre Phillips. He’s athletic and has played well when healthy at both guard and tackle during his two years with the team. Ben Cleveland may also win the job, if he uses his size and strength to become an even more consistent blocker. Ben Powers can’t be overlooked either, after making 19 starts during his three seasons in Baltimore.”
The Ravens don’t have a clear-cut candidate for left guard in 2022
2020 third-rounder Tyre Phillips began 5 video games for the workforce final season and was a good stopgap on the left facet. Phillips, together with Powers, seems to be getting extra beginning snaps at left guard in preseason up to now, though it’s nonetheless a lot too early to make any assumptions.
Powers, chosen in the fourth spherical of the 2019 draft, has an additional yr of expertise on Phillips and began in 12 of 13 video games gamers final season.
Both Phillips and Powers have performed at completely different positions on the road throughout their tenure on the Ravens, and flexibility appears to be the theme of Baltimore’s offensive line state of affairs heading into the 2022 season.
The Ravens even have Swiss Army man Pat Mekari who can plug into the left guard place (or any O-line place, for that matter) in a pinch, so for all we all know the left guard camp competitors is blown huge open.
The remainder of the offensive line needs to be pretty secure with Ronnie Stanley at left deal with, rookie Tyler Linderbaum at heart, Kevin Zeitler at proper guard, and Morgan Moses at proper deal with.
With Phillips, Powers, and Mekari all having a comparatively equal shot on the left guard place, preserve your eyes peeled for any essential camp developments. This O-line battle needs to be a superb one to watch.