Friday, June 15, 2012
Ravens keep issue with McKinnie 'in-house'
By Jamison Hensley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie was held out of this week’s mandatory minicamp “for conditioning purposes," coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday.
So, I asked Harbaugh on Thursday what McKinnie needs to show the Ravens to be on the field for the start of training camp in late July. His answer: You're not getting an answer.
“We will leave that between us," Harbaugh said. "That’s something that is an in-house type of thing right now."
Let's recap the happenings with McKinnie:
- About 10 months ago, the Ravens signed McKinnie after he was released by the Minnesota Vikings for reportedly weighing 400 pounds.
- Three months ago, Baltimore gave him a $500,000 roster bonus after team officials met with him about getting in better shape.
- Two months ago, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said "all things are positive" with McKinnie after he attended some of the voluntary workouts.
- One month ago, McKinnie said he's down to 358 pounds with a target goal of getting down to 345 pounds.
- This week, he was held out for all three days of the team's final minicamp this offseason.
"Bryant has done a good job, he’s worked hard," Harbaugh said Thursday. "It’s not as simple as some of you guys want to make it. It’s just a situation where we are going to do what is best for the team, what is best for Bryant. We want him here; there’s no reason he wouldn’t be here. He has worked hard, so you try to do what’s most beneficial for every guy in every situation, and it’s always individualized.”
The key words to remember are: "We want him here." There has been speculation that the Ravens could go to Plan B on the offensive line, which means moving Michael Oher from right to left tackle and starting Jah Reid (who had an injury scare Thursday) at right tackle.