Zeus Training Harewood, Cousins

Retired Ravens tackle Orlando Brown said Ramon Harewood looks like he’s finally healthy.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Retired offensive lineman Orlando Brown has been spending time training current Ravens tackles Ramon Harewood and Oniel Cousins.

And even though the Ravens drafted Jah Reid to compete for their starting right tackle spot, Brown doesn’t think either of them should worry about their roster status. Brown has been in their position before.

“I told them that when [the Ravens] drafted a tackle, I said, ‘Don’t look at it in a negative way. You have to make it a positive,’” said Brown, who stopped by Ravens headquarters in Owings Mills, Md., on Tuesday. “They always drafted linemen when I played, but I took it upon myself to pick it up even more. Don’t look at it like, ‘Damn, he’s going to take my spot.’ Use it for motivation.

“Your whole demeanor has to change.”

Brown was known for his nasty demeanor. On the field, the 6-foot-7, 360-pound “Zeus” was an imposing beast, solidifying the Ravens at right tackle from 1996-98 and 2003-05 and adding toughness up front.

Brown said he’d like to see some of the fire he possessed manifest itself in the quiet Cousins and laid-back Harewood. More spark could lead to more chances with the first team opposite left tackle Michael Oher.

“Cousins needs more reps and confidence, but the more reps he gets, the confidence will come,” Brown said with a knowing chuckle. “He also needs to work on his flexibility. Ramon is coming along, too. My main thing with him is his attitude. Not like me when I played, but tone it down just a little bit from there. He told me that he was going to play with an attitude.

“I said, ‘When you play offensive line, you can’t ever relax. As soon as you do that, you’re giving up a sack.”

News of Harewood’s mobility is surely a positive for the Ravens. The 2010 sixth-round draft pick never saw a snap as a rookie, as he needed surgeries on both knees and needed all season to rehabilitate.

Now – after several workouts over the past few weeks – Brown is impressed with his pupil’s mobility.

“He’s got full motion, side-to-side, shuffling, all that. He’s looking real good compared to the first week,” said Brown. “When we started, his knee would get tight and sore. We took it easy then. But now, for the last month, he’s doing good.”

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