After three years of trying to crack the Ravens' lineup at offensive tackle, Oniel Cousins will try to do it as a guard.
Coach John Harbaugh said Sunday that Cousins' play at right guard in Friday's preseason victory over the Chiefs warranted a more permanent move to guard. Cousins' block in the second quarter helped spring Ray Rice for a 26-yard touchdown run.
"I think we will put him in there at guard, leave him in there and see how he does," Harbaugh said. "He was comfortable in there. He is a big, strong man. That bodes well at guard. He is a good bender. He has got a lot of reach, and it worked out for him in there."
The addition of tackle Mark LeVoir, cut last week by the Patriots, gives the Ravens relief at right tackle if Jah Reid doesn't progress quickly enough to start in the opener. It also would keep Marshal Yanda at right guard, the preferred position. Cousins would be valuable if Yanda had to move to right tackle at some point.
Cousins was a third-round pick in 2008 out of UTEP. He appears to be better inside and on traps than he did outside in pass protection.