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Reid quickly finds spot on first offense

Well, that didn't take long.

In the first three days of Ravens training camp at the team's facility in Owings Mills, Jah Reid has lined up at right tackle when the first offense has taken the field. Reid, the club's third-round pick in April, acknowledged the accelerated pace of his transition from Central Florida to the Ravens.

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"It was kind of trial by fire – you know, sink or swim," the 6-foot-7, 330-pound Reid said after Saturday afternoon's practice. "They just kind of threw me out there since I was on the field. I just have to absorb everything I can and take my licks, learn from it, go out there and perform, and just like you said, get used to the speed and the strength of the players. There are a lot of good people out there, so eventually, I'll improve. But right now, it's a learning experience."

Reid has gotten extensive practice time at right tackle as Oniel Cousins, a restricted free agent, won't be able to practice until Thursday.Reid said the most difficult part of his daily responsibilities is getting a grip on the calls.

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"Just being in the huddle – all the tracks, learning the different plays," he said. "And just observing different plays, terminology, calls at the line, I've got to get all of that down pat."

Despite the whirlwind pace, Reid sounded comfortable at what's expected of him. After all, Reid could be starting at right tackle when the Ravens open the regular season on Sept. 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"I feel like there's a lot I need to get ready for, and that's what practice is for," he said. "I go through the practice. I know the Steelers are a great team, but our goal is to go out there and beat them and that's what I want to do. I've got to do whatever I can to go out there and get ready for them."


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