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Ravens center Gino Gradkowski still growing into Matt Birk's 'big shoes'
Ravens center Gino Gradkowski still growing into Matt Birk's 'big shoes'

The continuing education of Ravens center Gino Gradkowski has involved everything from grappling with massive Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to making critical, last-second line calls to adjusting blocking assignments. Ever since six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk retired in February, Gradkowski has been learning on the job and experiencing growing pains while trying to hold his own against some of the biggest, most talented defensive linemen in the NFL. The center position demands a lot: intellect, technique and brute strength. Although typically overmatched in terms of size, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Gradkowski has shown gradual signs of improvement and has started every...

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