Jah Reid Wants To Start Every Game

Whether he plays at left guard or at right tackle, Jah Reid’s goal is the same.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Categories: 2012 Offseason, Garrett Downing

If the Ravens had a game today, Jah Reid would get the start at left guard.

That would be a change for the second-year lineman, who played right tackle in college and spent last season as a backup tackle and extra blocker in jumbo formations.

But it’s a transition Reid has no problem making.

“My preference is to be on the field,” Reid said. “Anything that gets me out there so I can help my team, I’m very happy to do it.”

Reid is coming into his second season with high expectations for himself and from his coaches. He is the current favorite to replace Pro Bowler Ben Grubbs, who went to New Orleans in free agency, and Reid is focused on winning the starting job this offseason.

“I want to start every game, play every offensive snap. Those are all high goals,” he said. “I want to be a vital, reliable part of the team.”

Reid was active in every game during his rookie year, but played sparingly. He got most of his work done in practice, where he shuffled around between every spot on the line, showing coaches the ability to play multiple positions.

“It was a little different moving around because I primarily only played one position in college,” he said. “The more versatile you are, that’s great. And I’m glad I’m able to bend and get down there and play guard, and I enjoy playing it.”

At 6-foot-7, 335 pounds, Reid is built more like a tackle, but he doesn’t see the move to guard as difficult as some pundits have portrayed.

“It’s different, but I see it as football,” he said. “It’s my job to perform at either one and be versatile and be able to move positions because you never know. Even if I do play left guard, something could happen where I need to play right tackle and I have to be ready at any position.”

Reid, a third-round pick of out Central Florida, is currently working out on his own in Florida, but plans to be back in Baltimore when voluntary workouts start next month.

He has the edge on the starting job, but Head Coach John Harbaugh made it clear in recent interviews that Reid will have to earn the spot and that he will likely face competition from some additions to the roster.

The next few months will be critical for Reid to show Harbaugh and the rest of the coaching staff that he belongs in the starting lineup.

“I am working to earn my teammates and the coaches’ trust,” he said. “I see a lot of positive things coming.”

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