Right Tackle Battle Still Playing Out

New tackle Mark LeVoir took all the snaps with the first team on Monday.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

In his second practice with the Ravens, new right tackle Mark LeVoir took all the snaps with the first-team offense.

But don’t read too much into that, cautioned Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron.

The competition is still open.

“I don’t know if it’s narrowed down to any point,” Cameron said. “We’ve got to let this thing play out, at least for a couple weeks.”

Rookie third-round draft pick Jah Reid had been carrying the load at right tackle. He played the entire game Friday against Kansas City and showed major improvement from a week ago.

Reid had a key seal-off block on Ray Rice’s 26-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The rookie said he was playing with more confidence that comes with every snap.

But LeVoir has been playing tackle for five seasons, and thus brings more experience to the position.

He held up well in Monday’s practice, showing good pass protection in a large 6-foot-7, 310-pound frame. Mostly, LeVoir is trying to catch up in terms of learning the offense, but has impressed in that regard as well.

“He asks veteran questions,” Cameron said. “He knows NFL defenses. He’s just got to get accustomed to how we go about doing things. He’s a veteran football player and we’ll find out a lot about him tomorrow and Thursday night.”

Cameron also again brought up Marshal Yanda’s name as a possibility at right tackle. Yanda slid from right guard last season and has returned to practice on a limited basis.

The Ravens were pleased with the progress they saw from Oniel Cousins at right guard and Head Coach John Harbaugh said they will be keeping him there. That could grant Yanda more flexibility.

Second-year tackle Ramon Harewood, who sat out all of last year with a knee injury, was also brought up by Cameron. The big-bodied Harewood came off the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 13 and played some left tackle against the Chiefs.

“We’re still evaluating everybody,” Cameron said. “Ultimately we’ll go with our best five. We’ll see how that factors in. I wouldn’t say it’s this guy or that guy at this point.”

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