The theme for this week's Baltimore Ravens chat was the offensive line. Specifically, what are the Ravens going to do to improve it? If you want a full transcript, you can click right here. Here are some highlights:
Ryan (Hanover, Pa.): I love what the Ravens have done so far in free agency, but isn't there still a concern about the offensive line? I like re-signing left tackle Eugene Monroe, but he was on the team when we still struggled to run the ball effectively.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Offensive line is clearly the weak area of the team. I am surprised that the Ravens haven't addressed that group already. I still think the Ravens would be in play for Cleveland center Alex Mack if the Browns didn't put the transition tag on him. The Ravens are going to sign a veteran at some point, perhaps a stop-gap like Giants center David Baas. Based on how free agency has gone, the Ravens may have to use a first or a second-round pick on a guard or tackle.
Ravenous 128 (Columbia, Md.): Can we reasonably expect to see Rick Wagner starting at right tackle this season? Given his limited action, how imperative is it that the Ravens have a fallback plan should he not work out?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I wouldn't rule out Rick Wagner. He was considered a second-round talent before he struggled his final year at Wisconsin. But I wouldn't give him the job because of his lack of experience. Wagner would have to earn it. I would like the Ravens to draft either a guard or a tackle. If Wagner impresses, that's a bonus. I don't like putting all of your hope in a fifth-round pick developing into a starter.
Jamal (Baltimore): Are you a little concerned about the wide receiver depth for the Ravens. I am not so thrilled about Steve Smith at this stage in his career and the front office has a knack for drafting bad receivers.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Honestly, I think the Ravens have their most depth at wide receiver in years. Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown are a solid four receivers. If you add a draft pick, that's a talented group of five receivers. It's a much better situation when the Ravens had Tandon Doss and Deonte Thompson on the roster.
Ravensfan52 (Walled Lake, Mich.): So Bryant McKinnie says he will play right tackle. Is that a call Ozzie Newsome will make?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): It's a call no one in the Ravens organization will be allowed to make. I believe McKinnie is on the blocked calls list at Owings Mills. He was a headache for three years, and the Ravens are happier without him.
Dimmy (Rehoboth Beach, Del.): How do the Ravens plan on replacing Michael Oher at right tackle?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Ravens will either draft/sign a guard or a tackle. If the Ravens add a guard, left guard Kelechi Osemele will move to right tackle. If the Ravens bring in a tackle, Osemele will stay at left guard. That's how I see it playing out.