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Oniel Cousins’ stint with the starters against the Houston Texans was not an experiment, as his name was officially promoted on the Ravens’ latest depth chart.
Cousins started his first game of the season – and the fourth of his three-year career – at right tackle in the Ravens’ 34-28 overtime victory.
Cousins’ addition to the first team let Marshal Yanda slide down to right guard, his more natural position.
And, it also meant the Ravens could use former starting right guard Chris Chester, one of the Ravens’ most athletic linemen, rove as a blocking tight end in a jumbo package.
It is unknown whether Cousins’ starting role is permanent, but the depth-chart change means Cousins is at least expected to be with the ones this weekend against the New Orleans Saints.
Despite the new offensive line, the Ravens allowed five sacks, one of which came from the right side when Chester set up next to Cousins, and only averaged 2.6 yards on 24 attempts.
Cousins, however, was not called for a single penalty.
“It puts a little more size on the field for us,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said in his weekly radio show on WBAL. “If you put Oniel Cousins out there at tackle, Marshal out there at guard and Chris Chester out there at tight end, which he played in college, it just gives us a bigger, more physical front to move people around a little bit more. We want to be able to do that and have that as an option.
“We didn’t quite get the production that we wanted, but it was the first week, and I’m really hopeful that that will help us start knocking around a little bit more.