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Oher Happy To Play One Position

Tackle Michael Oher has switched positions each of his first three years.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Michael Oher has been flip-flopping positions for his entire NFL career.

So he’s happy that consistency appears to be on his horizon this offseason.

Now entering his fourth year, it appears as if Oher can finally prepare for a second straight season at one position. Left tackle Bryant McKinnie is under contract for another year and Oher is expecting to be back at right tackle.

Asked how difficult it is to switch between left and right tackle, Oher said it’s “very difficult.”

“It’s not easy to do at all. It takes time to get used to,” Oher told The Norris & Davis Show on 105.7 The Fan. “So this offseason I can work at it a little bit more. If I can play one position, that would be great. It helps you out.”

The 2009 first-round pick began his career as a right tackle, but also stepped in for the injured Jared Gaither for five games on the left side. He fully switched to the blind side for his sophomore campaign and started all 16 games there.

When the Ravens signed Bryant McKinnie in late August last year, Oher went back to the right side without complaint.

Oher was asked whether he would want to move back to left tackle in the future, perhaps when McKinnie is no longer with the team and with Jah Reid initially projected to be a right tackle.

“I’m just playing football, whatever position they want me to play,” Oher said. “If McKinnie comes back, he’s a great player and he did great. I play right tackle. That’s what I played my first year, half my first year. It doesn’t matter as long as we’re winning games and getting to championships.”

Oher held up well in pass protection and in run blocking, and cut his false start penalties in half from eight in 2010 to four last season. He had three fewer penalties overall, but still led the team with 10, including five holding penalties.

There could be big changes on the offensive line besides at tackle, however. Ben Grubbs is an unrestricted free agent and center Matt Birk is considering retirement and is a free agent even if he returns.

Oher, who is now promoting the paperback release of his memoir, “I Beat the Odds,” wasn’t worried about it too much.

“The roster changes every year in the NFL,” he said. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to make the right moves to bring the right guys back or in. We’ve got great guys working upstairs.”

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