Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron made clear Monday that it will be Oniel Cousins who plays right tackle in place of injured Jared Gaither and not Marshal Yanda. And if Gaither isn't back in time for the Sept. 13 opener against the Jets, you can expect Cousins to get the call.
Cameron wants to keep Yanda at right guard it at all possible and would be reluctant to switch him back to tackle.
"Absolutely," Cameron said when asked if he would consider moving Yanda again. "But you can't move guys around too much. I think Marshal Yanda can be as good a right guard as there is in the league. I believe that, and to keep bouncing him around guard to tackle, guard to tackle, really doesn't help that."
Gaither is out two to three weeks with a small tear in his back. In his absence, Cousins will get first-team reps on the right side ahead of Ramon Harewood, Joe Reitz and Tony Moll. Cameron appreciates Cousins' consistent level of effort.
"He's not 100 percent yet, but his effort is 100 percent," Cameron said of Cousins, a third-year player from UTEP. "One thing I like about Cuz [is] you know exactly what you're getting. He's not one guy one day and another guy the next day. He shows up, he's there every day, he's where he's supposed to be, [and] he gives you his best effort. Sometimes he doesn't execute the play like he would like, or we would like, but his effort is consistent. And pretty much a play-caller can deal with a guy like that. To me, [it's] easy to call plays when he's in there because I know I'm going to get a great effort."