"It's pretty important," Zuttah said. "You've got to learn ahead of the curve. ... I've run the same type of plays, probably more leaning on the type of plays Coach Kubiak's calling now. We mix it up more.

"I think it gives me a chance to perfect that craft and run the same type over and over again. I've watched a lot of Houston film over the years, and I've seen the way they run it, so I'm pretty familiar with it."

The Ravens' biggest investment in their line over the past year was in Monroe, who signed a contract in March that included $17 million guaranteed.

Monroe was the highest-graded Ravens offensive lineman last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Like Yanda, he's determined to put last season behind him.

"Honestly, what happened last year doesn't matter," Monroe said. "It's a new year; everyone has the same opportunity to make a statement."

Mobile at 6 feet 5, 306 pounds, Monroe relishes how Kubiak's system provides opportunities for him to get downfield and block in space.

"Last year, we were lining up in a lot of one-back stuff, a lot of empty stuff, tossing the ball out there, coming out throwing on first down," Monroe said. "I don't think that's the history with Gary. I think he wants to run the ball a little bit, which would be fun.

"We've got to run the ball to win. I believe that we'll do a good job at that."

One of the reasons the Ravens are encouraged about the prospects of their line is the progress left guard Kelechi Osemele has made since undergoing season-ending back surgery in November.

The 6-5, 330-pound Osemele had a promising rookie year during the Ravens' Super Bowl-winning year, but was unable to build on that performance last season because of a herniated disk. Osemele has practiced all spring without restrictions or setbacks and appears quick and powerful.

"Very pleased with Kelechi," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Very pleased with everything he's done. If Kelechi is as good as he looks in shorts, he's going to look even better in pads."

Although the offensive line, challenged in practice all week by outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, has so far held up fine, the true tests of whether the line is better will come this fall.

"I like the offensive line," Harbaugh said. "From what you can see, they're in sync, footwork looks good, assignments look very good. We'll find out when the pads come on."

awilson@baltsun.com

twitter.com/RavensInsider