It was an especially rough offseason for Ravens backup offensive tackle Jah Reid.

Reid was arrested in March and charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly head-butting, punching and kicking a man at a strip club in Key West, Fla., resolving the case wihen he was accepted into a pretrial diversion program.

And Reid also was sidelined for the majority of the offseason practices because of a strained calf.

Healthy again and listed at 6 feet 7, 320 pounds -- 20 pounds lighter than last season -- Reid is now competing for the starting right tackle job behind first-stringer Rick Wagner.

"Jah looks better, he’s lost some weight," offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said. "I wasn’t here with him last year, but he’s lost some weight. To me, he’s moving better. It’d be nice to see Jah stay healthy and really compete at a high level.”

The Ravens have shifted Ryan Jensen back to guard after experimenting with him at right tackle during the spring.

A 2011 third-round draft pick from Central Florida, Reid is entering the final year of a four-year, $2.6 million contract.

"I'm going to do my best and compete," Reid said. "It feels really good. I'm glad to get a couple reps and knock off some rust and get ready to go. It's always disappointing to suffer an injury and a setback like that and not be able to practice.

"You feel like you're a little behind, but these couple of days I'm making up a little bit what I missed out on. No restrictions, I'm ready to go. I'm feeling good. I'm getting my wind back."

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