When Bryant McKinnie reported to Ravens training camp on July 30, the thought was that it wouldn’t be too long before the 11-year veteran regained his role as the starting left tackle.
But two games into the preseason, Michael Oher is still the starting left tackle, rookie Kelechi Osemele is the starting right tackle, and McKinnie is anchoring the left side of the second offensive line.
If McKinnie is supposed to frustrated at the delay, that’s news to him.
“I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do,” he said after the team’s 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions Friday night at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. “It just takes time. There’s no rush. They’re just letting me go out here and do my plays, and actually, I’m getting more reps and making up for the time I was gone. So I don’t have any problem with that.”
McKinnie was bumped up to the first offensive line when left guard Bobbie Williams was given Monday and Tuesday off. Osemele was shifted to left guard, Oher was moved to right tackle, and McKinnie was promoted to left tackle.
“They’re just trying to rotate us and get everybody a chance to play,” McKinnie said. “I’ve been going with the ones this week in practice and stuff. I’m still trying to catch up on reps.”
McKinnie said he hasn’t been given a timetable on when he might expect to rejoin the starters, but he also said he’s not asking for one.
“I just keep doing what I’ve got to do, and everything will pan out,” he said.