By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
10:43 AM EDT, November 2, 2012
It was a rough game for the Ravens' offensive line during the first meeting with the Cleveland Browns.
They allowed four sacks and seven quarterback hurries during a 23-16 victory at M&T Bank Stadium, having particular success on stunts and slants as defensive linemen Jabaal Sheard and Ahtyba Rubin each decked quarterback Joe Flacco once apiece.
For rookie offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele, the Browns game is one that he's used as determination to refine his techniques heading into Sunday's road game at Cleveland.
"Just watching the last Cleveland game, I've seen significant improvement," Osemele said. "I'm not even the same player than the first time we played.
"Just my technique overall has significantly improved. Just recognizing when a guy's getting slanted, just my awareness has improved. Your footwork improves, too."
And it wasn't a banner game for Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice against the Browns. He gained just 49 yards on 18 carries.
"They got us on some run plays, but they didn't really move as much as they do now with what we've seen on film recently," Osemele said. "They're moving a lot more. Just beating one guy inside.
"I guess their defense has the kind of freedom where one guy can skin inside and keep contain. That's something we've been working on because we've seen that with their last few opponents."
Osemele spent the bye week in Baltimore, rehabbing his sprained right ankle sustained during a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans.
He's practiced all week on a full-time basis, but remains on the injury report.
"I'm pretty much back to 100 percent," Osemele said. "I'm as close as I'm going to be. I've been working at that over the bye, getting healthy and things of that nature. I feel pretty good."
A second-round draft pick from Iowa State, Osemele has started every game at right tackle and has allowed three sacks, four quarterback hits and 13 pressures with four penalties.
He has drawn praise for his aggressiveness as a run blocker and is still developing as a pass blocker at the NFL level.
"I think that at first it started off slowly, being a rookie and everything," Osemele said. "Now, I'm just picking up stuff."