1:29-Some notes worth passing along from today’s media availability at 1 Winning Drive:
-Regarding the Oher move to LT, John Harbaugh said it would be permanent as long as it was the “best thing for the team.” He declined to discuss much about why the decision was made.
If Gaither is upset about the move, he did a good job of hiding it today. He said he was “fine with it”, and that he thought Oher “would do a good job” in the role. He declined to comment on how it might impact his future free agency; and said he didn’t think it had anything to do with him not being here for the first OTA’s. Gaither told us that the last time he played Right Tackle was his freshman year at Maryland.
-Harbaugh said that Mark Clayton is dealing with a SHOULDER issue, not a hamstring. I would have bet money it was the other thing.
-Ray Lewis wasn’t particularly interested in talking about any Super Bowl aspirations for the team, nor his own NFL future. Of course, it IS May.
-You can hear now from John Harbaugh, Ray Lewis, Anquan Boldin, Joe Flacco, Sergio Kindle and Donte’ Stallworth in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net!
11:52-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where I’ll try to keep things brief before joining Bob Haynie on AM1570 WNST in a few minutes.
A couple of notes worth passing on from Ravens practice this morning:
-The biggest story to come out of practice today will be the shift at Offensive Tackle. With Michael Oher taking every snap at LT and Jared Gaither every snap at RT, it is safe to assume that the Ravens are planning on making this a permanent move. It was expected that Oher would GET snaps at LT this weekend, but not that he would become the permanent fixture at the position. It makes sense given that Oher has been considered the team’s future LT since he was drafted out of Ole Miss, we just didn’t know the timetable would be this quick.
-S Ed Reed (hip) was not seen here. We didn’t expect to see him practice, but did not know if we would be in attendance. S Haruki Nakamura (fibula) is also not practicing.
-DT’s Kelly Gregg (shoulder) and Haloti Ngata (chest) are here, but were not working during practice. Terrence Cody and Kelly Talavou worked with the first team instead.
-CB’s Fabian Washington (knee) and Lardarius Webb (knee) were not practicing as expected. Both are question marks for the start of Training Camp. Chris Carr worked as the 2nd CB in his place.
-LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder) did some drills, but was by no means a full participant. Prescott Burgess appeared to get the bulk of the work in his place.
-WR Donte’ Stallworth appears to be third on the depth chart right now. However, Mark Clayton was not much of a participant; so it’s hard to gauge where he is on that list. I’m not aware of Clayton’s injury-but if I had to guess I’d probably say hamstring.
-TE Ed Dickson looks to be 2nd on the depth chart behind Todd Heap, with Dennis Pitta 3rd.
-The Ravens officially signed 9 Rookie Free Agents today:
WR Rodelin Anthony (UNLV)
LS Morgan Cox (Tennessee)
DL John Fletcher (Wyoming)
DB Ashton Hall (Marshall)
DE Albert McClellan (Marshall)
FB Mike McLaughlin (Boston College)
CB/KR Prince Miller (Georgia)
CB/KR Courtney Smith (Central Washington)
RB Curtis Steele (Memphis)
There are other players here on a tryout basis as well; although their jerseys are without names.
-We are expected to hear from John Harbaugh, Sergio Kindle, Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco and Anquan Boldin around 12:30. I will update with more from them as soon as I can. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST).