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Bryan Mattison returns to his roots

Just when Bryan Mattison thought he had found a home on the offensive line, his background on the defensive side pulled him back in.

Mattison, who is trying to make the transition from defensive end to guard, lined up as a defensive tackle in the Ravens' goal-line stand in the waning minutes of the team's 24-23 win over the New York Jets on Monday night.

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Mattison said he was in there because of a lack of healthy defensive linemen.

"They told me at halftime, 'Well, if we get backed up to the goal line, you're going in.' CB was talking to me," Mattison said, referring to defensive line coach Clarence Brooks. "I was like, 'Yeah, let's do it.' It was fun. I hope it wasn't me that let [Jets quarterback Erik Ainge] score. It was close. I don't know."

However, Mattison, whose father Greg is the Ravens defensive coordinator, said he has no plans to return to the defensive side of the field.

"No, I'll stay with the O-line. I'm in with the O-line for the long haul," Bryan Mattison said. "I've got a lot of work to do, and I've got to get better, especially after tonight's game."

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