Monday, August 15, 2011
Cameron: Rookie OT Reid 'In the mix'
By James Walker
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens rookie right tackle Jah Reid is getting reps with the first team, just days after Baltimore allowed six sacks in its preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
That is a lot of pressure for a third-round pick. But the Ravens are searching for answers on their offensive line. They have less than a month to figure it out before their regular-season opener against the reigning AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers, who led the NFL in sacks in 2010.
"He's in the mix, whether he wants to be or not -- period," Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said of Reid. "In my mind he's either going to be playing or one or two plays from playing. So my mind is anything but he's playing until he's inactive. We're trying to get that point across to a lot of these guys. There is no four-year scholarships [for rookies]."
Starting offensive tackles Oniel Cousins and Michael Oher both had down moments against Philadelphia. Cousins particularly struggled and is now getting a look at right guard. Starting guard Marshal Yanda, who missed practice Monday with a back injury, also is a possibility at right tackle. But taking Yanda from guard would weaken that spot.
Look for a lot of experimenting in Baltimore's second preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
"We're going to try to work out the best five in some combination," Cameron said. "It may not be ideal, but it's probably our best alternative."