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Ravens Notebook: Offensive line 'needs to be aware' of Bengals' Johnson

Michael Oher and Bobbie Williams line up at the line of scrimmage during the Ravens' preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Aug. 23. A former Cincinnati Bengal, Williams will face his ex-team on Monday in Baltimore's season opener, although it's unclear yet if he will start.
Michael Oher and Bobbie Williams line up at the line of scrimmage during the Ravens' preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Aug. 23. A former Cincinnati Bengal, Williams will face his ex-team on Monday in Baltimore's season opener, although it's unclear yet if he will start. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

OWINGS MILLS - For Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, the size, speed and raw ability as a pass rusher have always been there.

However, even dating back to his time at Georgia Tech, the physically gifted 6-foot-7, 270-pound Johnson was always viewed as an unfinished product.

Not so much anymore, though.

He showed flashes of evolving into a viable pass rusher last season and Baltimore Ravens guard Bobbie Williams, a former Bengal, envisions Johnson becoming an even more dangerous pass rusher this year.

Williams referred to Johnson, Cincinnati's starter at right defensive end, as a player the Ravens' offensive line "needs to be aware of" during Monday night's season opener.

Johnson had six sacks as a part-time starter last season.

"He's a guy that's constantly putting on weight and putting on strength," Williams said. "And he's gifted speed-wise and agility-wise, so with him now adding strength that just makes him that much better of a pass rusher."

Williams said the Bengals use Johnson almost like Baltimore uses outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, moving him around and lining him up in different places in an attempt to create mismatches for opposing offenses. Williams is expecting more of the same Monday night.

"That makes him a different type of weapon that you've got to account for," Williams said. "He brings a lot to the table, something that has to be recognized ... and we need to make sure we account for him."

Johnson isn't the only capable pass rusher on the Bengals' defensive line, however.

Cincinnati ranked 5th in the NFL in sacks last season and should pose a tough test for a Baltimore offensive line that has its fair share of question marks heading into Monday night.

Bengals starting left end Carlos Dunlap (knee) is likely to miss the game, but defensive tackle Geno Atkins is one of the NFL's top interior pass rushers.

Atkins led Cincinnati with seven sacks last year.

"They definitely have some good pass rushers up front," Williams said.

O-LINE TBD: Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie said Friday that players are still unsure what Baltimore's starting offensive line is going to look like come Monday night.

Rookie Kelechi Osemele may get the start ahead of veteran Bobbie Williams at left guard or the Ravens may decide to go with Michael Oher at left tackle, rather than McKinnie, and start Williams at left guard and Osemele at right tackle.

For now, the Ravens list their starting offensive line as McKinnie at left tackle, Williams at left guard, Matt Birk at center, Marshal Yanda at right guard and Oher at right tackle.

"There's still a lot of moving around," McKinnie said. "We're not quite sure exactly where anyone will be."

INJURY REPORT: Safety Sean Considine (concussion) was a full participant in Friday's practice after being limited on Thursday. Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw (shoulder) was also a full participant for the second straight day. Cornerback Asa Jackson (illness) and offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) were the only two non-participants Friday.

PUBLIC VIEWING FOR MODELL: The Ravens have scheduled a public viewing for former owner Art Modell, who died of natural causes early Thursday morning at the age of 87.

The viewing will be today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Vince Lombardi trophy presented to Modell following Baltimore's win against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV will sit next to his casket.

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