Since the first practice of training camp a week ago, Ravens rookie Jah Reid has enjoyed an immense number of reps at right tackle.
Reid may have to split those reps sooner rather than later. If the players association ratifies the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement on Thursday, the team will welcome back a group of restricted and exclusive-rights free agents – one of whom is right tackle Oniel Cousins.
Reid, the club's third-round pick in the draft in April, said he welcomed Cousins' return.
"It's always good to have competition," Reid said after practice on Wednesday. "We'll make each other better. Right now, I've been running with the ones and twos. So competition is always good, and we're going to welcome him to the party."Cousins, who is listed at 6 feet, 4 inches and 315 pounds, has made four starts since being drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2008. He started at right tackle in the team's 34-28 overtime win against the Houston Texans on Dec. 13.
The 6-7, 330-pound Reid may not have Cousins' experience, but he has been taking the vast majority of snaps at right tackle in training camp. Reid wasn't prepared to say whether those reps would give him an advantage over Cousins.
"The more reps, the better," Reid said. "Going out there and doing it really helps me. So I'm really appreciative of that and hopefully, I can put my foot forward and use that in my best interest."