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Deciphering offensive line depth

It’s a far cry from last year’s OTAs, when we all longed for a look at who would line up at right guard and how the rebuilt offensive line would begin camp. As it turned out, none of the starters — tackles Eugene Monroe and Rick Wagner, guards Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele, and center Jeremy Zuttah — were on the field Thursday. So instead, the reserves took over, and that’s where the intrigue lays this year.

It’s safe to say last year’s top deputies, tackle James Hurst and guard/center John Urschel, will occupy those spots again. But even with a fifth-round pick invested in guard Robert Myers, he’ll have to show more than he did Thursday to get one of the two roster spots that likely will go to backup offensive linemen. Other candidates include guard/tackle Jah Reid, who was re-signed this offseason, and guard/center Ryan Jensen, who was on and off the practice squad last year.

And then there’s a whole host of undrafted guys who could make a jump, including tackle Blaine Clausell. There won’t likely be any unseating on the first-team offensive line, but as the Ravens saw last year when every lineman except Zuttah missed time, what happens behind them is just as important.

Patrick Semansky, Associated Press
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