As late as Tuesday, Justin Boren was lining up at right guard, sandwiched by center Bryan Mattison and rookie right tackle Jah Reid on the first offense.
What that means, however, for the Ravens' preseason home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night is uncertain. It's becoming increasing unlikely that starting right guard Marshal Yanda (back spasms) will suit up, and either Reid or Oniel Cousins could be a mainstay on the second line at right tackle.
So could Boren be in line for his first start? The undrafted rookie out of Ohio State is not sure.
"I don't know," he said. "That's up to them. We haven't talked about it. When they tell me to go in there with the ones, I'll go in there with the ones, and I'll try to do my best. If they're willing to give me that opportunity, it'd be great. If not, I'm happy to just play my role."On the team's unofficial depth chart, Boren is listed as the third left guard, while Andre Ramsey is the third right guard. But in practice on Monday and Tuesday, it was Boren who was lining up at right guard.
Boren said he has learned a lot from playing with Mattison, left guard Ben Grubbs and left tackle Michael Oher.
"I think we're at the point now where I'm pretty comfortable," Boren said. "There are times when they sometimes bring a different blitz or something and you have to make an adjustment. But overall, I think I'm comfortable. And like I said, I just try to get better every day when I go out to practice."
Boren could return to the second offense if the team decides to start Cousins at right guard and Reid at right tackle, which was the alignment on Saturday and Sunday. That suits Boren fine, but he acknowledged that going to undrafted rookie to preseason starter would be an honor.
"It would be crazy," he said with a grin. "That would be unbelievable. It's something that I would have to grab and try to make the most of."