The Ravens' review: 2012 season
To keep you entertained during the 2013 NFL offseason, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will go back and review the performance of each significant Ravens contributor during the 2012 season. He started with the team's free agents and recent retires and will break down a new Ravens player every weekday.
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Marshal Yanda, offensive guard( Jared Wickerham / Getty Images / January 20, 2013 )
GS: 14 | GP: 14 | Snaps: 981
Season in review: Yanda was the team's most consistent and effective offensive lineman in 2012 and was selected to the Pro Bowl for a second straight season. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 14 and was sidelined for a game, but he was quickly back in the lineup at right guard, punishing fools as usual.
Signature moment: In the playoff win in Denver, Yanda hit Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard with a punishing block that opened up a wide running lane for Ray Rice, who took the ball down to the 1-yard line.
Stat that stands out: zero and four -- sacks and QB hits allowed by Yanda in 2012, per Pro Football Focus.
Pro Football Focus grade: +31.2 overall | +14.3 as a pass blocker | +16.3 as a run blocker | -0.9 penalty.
Outlook for 2013 and beyond: The team's offensive line situation is once again uncertain, but at least we know that Yanda will definitely be at right guard when Week 1 rolls around. Arguably the best guard in the NFL, Yanda, who turns 29 in September, is in his prime. I'm sure there are ways that Yanda can elevate his game, but I'm not even going to try to nitpick this nasty, terrifying Pro Bowl lineman.
Update: Left tackle Bryant McKinnie has re-signed with the Ravens, stabilizing the offensive line.