New Ravens tackle Scott Kooistra has only been in Baltimore a for a little over a week, but already after several practices and one Ravens victory last week, he already feels at home.
While inactive last week in the Ravens 31-17 victory over the Broncos, Kooistra said that he loves the atmosphere already here in Baltimore.
“Just the feeling around here…the excitement, the vite you get when you walk in the facility or into the stadium before a game, it’s special,” Kooistra told Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” Thursday.
Kooistra was signed to Baltimore’s active roster on October 6th, when the Ravens waived Prince Miller, who later joined the team’s practice squad.
Kooistra, who stands at 6’6”, 335 pounds, is in his eighth year out of NC State. A two-year starter for the Wolfpack his junior and senior years, he blocked for San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in Raleigh.
He has spent all eight seasons of his NFL career entrenched in the AFC North. Drafted by the Bengals in the 7th round of the 2003 Draft, from 2003-2009, he played in 84 games for Cincinnati over that time, mostly playing special teams and seeing reserve action on offense.
Despite starting only one game over that time period, Kooistra understands his role and is still fortunate to be able to continue suiting up for NFL franchises.
“Everybody has a role on this team,” Kooistra noted.
He enjoyed his time as a Bengal very much, and one of his favorite teammates in Cincinnati was none other than Chad Ocho Cinco, and even as a Raven right now, he can’t hold no ill will toward the Bengals’ high-profile receiver.
“This might be blasphemy,” Kooistra laughed, “but I have nothing against him. He’s a hard worker, he goes to work everyday and does what he has to do.”
“He’s not going to change for anybody; that’s just who he is. You have to let him do his thing.”
He saw four games’ worth of action for the Browns at the end of last season and in the 2010 preseason after being released by the Bengals, and he got to stay in the state of Ohio to play football.
The other benefit for Kooistra after having played for three out of the four AFC North teams? He can still keep his hatred for the Steelers.
“Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh,” Kooistra replied. “I’m just happy to be on this side of the rivalry.”
He can play both guard and tackle, and he expects to have that same role here in Baltimore.
“I was backing up up three or four positions in Cincinnati and in Cleveland and here I expect to I will have to do the same thing and play my role to the best of my abilities.”
And he already feels like he fits right in with of one of the best offensive lines in the league.
“We have a pretty solid line here,” he told Forrester. “I think that all that matters is you get the job done. You block up the other defenses and let Joe [Flacco] do his thing, run the ball, and try to win some games.”
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