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Report: Baltimore Ravens Work Out 10 Linemen Over the Weekend

September 17, 2018 - 9:42 am

By Joe Schiller

After an uneven performance in the trenches against the Cincinnati Bengals – where Joe Flacco was sacked four times and pressured consistently – the Ravens are looking to bolster depth on the offensive line.

ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reported that the Ravens worked out 10 offensive linemen over the weekend. Notable names among the list include former 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Cooper, center Wesley Johnson, among others.

The offensive line was a question mark heading into the season and problems seemed to be masked Week 1 against a horrid Buffalo Bills team. But facing a legitimate pass rush with Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Shaq Lawson, protection issues were exposed on a national stage.

Generating a consistent push up front has not only been concerning for Joe Flacco but for the run game as well. Alex Collins has rushed for 48 total yards on 16 carries through two games. He’s averaging three yards per carry, compared to 4.59 from last season. It’s still a small sample size but Collins hasn’t been able to find any rhythm and the offensive line is partially to blame.

Pro Football Focus ranked Alex Lewis and Ronnie Stanley as two of the worst performers on the offense against the Bengals.

The loss of center Ryan Jensen in free agency has been noticeable. Matt Skura may not be the long-term option and the fact that the Ravens worked out three centers confirms that notion.

Alex Lewis still considers to be an interesting replacement, which would allow James Hurst to move back to left guard and rookie Orlando Brown Jr. to right tackle, but the coaching staff seems to have trust in Hurst on the outside.

Depth at the very least is crucial. This unit was ravaged with injuries last season and despite holding together fairly well, it only takes one injury to break things apart.

Sunday will provide another true test against Von Miller, Bradley Chubb and the rest of the Broncos defense.