Not breaking news: Ravens left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie wasn't on the practice field for the first full day of training camp.
Oh, well, death, taxes and McKinnie being overweight ...
The giant tackle was missing Thursday, which left a gaping hole or two in the offensive line, and that would have been a major story for most teams. But for the Ravens, it was just another ho-hum moment.
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In fact, it would have been news if McKinnie, a 12-year veteran, had participated. In his three years with the Ravens, he hasn't been to opening day of training camp.
According to coach John Harbaugh, McKinnie didn't reach the team's prescribed weight, whatever that might have been, even though McKinnie is listed at 352 on the roster.
This was all predictable.
Back in May when the Ravens re-signed McKinnie, I wrote that he would report overweight, be sent to ride the bike and be hidden from the media by the team's public relations staff.
Kelechi Osemele took most of McKinnie's repetitions with the first team.
Osemele is serviceable at tackle, but couldn't handle speed rushers last season. The glaring weakness would be starting Jah Reid, who started at left guard in place of Osemele.
"Bryant's just too heavy right now," Harbaugh said. "He needs to lose weight. My guess is he lost quite a bit today. He's in good shape and he's in good cardiovascular fitness and you can tell he's worked hard, but I wasn't real comfortable putting him out there today at that weight."
A lighter Flacco
Quarterback Joe Flacco has never been as happy in training camp as he was Thursday. On the sideline, he joked, smiled and constantly spoke with teammates.
It was as if the world had been lifted off his shoulders. Maybe the $120.6 million contract he signed during the offseason helped him feel more at ease.
Or maybe it is because former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is now at LSU.
Ngata in good shape
Other than McKinnie, the Ravens appeared to be in good, physical shape. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata lost some weight and jogged from drill to drill. Most of the time, he was first in line at every station.
That's a great sign.
C. Brown looks stiff