Chester Back At Guard On Depth Chart

The Ravens’ lineman is happy his one-week stint at tight end is over.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The one-week experiment with Oniel Cousins at right tackle and Marshal Yanda at right guard is apparently over, as Chris Chester returned to guard on the Ravens’ most-recent depth chart.

Plugging Chester back in at right guard for his 11th start last week against the New Orleans Saints yielded obvious results.

The Ravens improved from a 2.6-yard average per rush in their Week 14 win over the Houston Texans with their reconfigured offensive line to a 5.3-yard per attempt day behind their traditional unit.

Fans and pundits outside Ravens headquarters questioned whether Chester was the weak link in run blocking, but the 6-foot-3, 315-pound athletic lineman answered the call.

“It was great,” said Chester, who was essentially a blocking tight end in Houston. “I got to play guard and play quite a bit.

“I’m glad to get that opportunity, but the No. 1 priority is for me to help the team, so I’ll do whatever is asked of me.”

Against the Saints, the Ravens totaled 208 rushing yards, with Ray Rice netting 153 and Willis McGahee adding 53.

Chester scored a few key blocks, perhaps most notably on Rice’s 10-yard touchdown run. Rice went off Chester and Yanda’s backs end route to the end zone, picking up blocks in the secondary by several Ravens receivers.

“That game was great for Chris and the rest of us,” Yanda said. “He played really well for us, and we knew we could get the job done with him in there, too.

“It felt good to be physical and get after those guys. Finally, our runs were substantial, and it took the pressure off a lot of other guys.”

While Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens still believe Cousins will develop into a solid contributor, he noted that Chester was the best option for the Saints game.

Does that mean Chester could see time at tight end again?

“I’ll fit in to whatever role they need me,” Chester said. “I’ll get out there and do it to the best of my ability. But it was good to get back to what I’ve been doing all year.”

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