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Former Ravens linemen Ogden and Williams like what they see from rookies Stanley and Lewis

Former Ravens linemen Ogden and Williams like what they see from rookies Stanley and Lewis
Former Raven Jonathan Ogden shows off his Super Bowl ring during a ceremony in 2010. (Unknown / Unknown)

The Ravens rookie combination on the left side of the offensive line received endorsements from a pair of former Ravens linemen.

Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, a first-round pick from Notre Dame, is teaming with left guard Alex Lewis, a fourth-round pick out of Nebraska.

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Former Ravens left offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, and guard/center Wally Williams, praised them, particularly Stanley.

"Stanley is a good athlete, very athletic," Ogden said. "They both need to get stronger, but which rookies don't? I like the way Stanley approaches the game. I know he is a smart kid because of where he went to high school and then he went to Notre Dame. In his pass set, he has no fear when it is third and long. That tells you a lot."

Ogden said he likes Lewis' demeanor.

Ogden and Stanley plan to meet next week before the Ravens host Oakland. Both live in or near Las Vegas during the offseason.

Ogden said both Stanley and Lewis would be further along in the learning curve if the league had not cut down on the amount of hitting allowed in training camp and during practices.

"How they handle training camp these days slows the progress and development of young players," Ogden said. "You have to hit more often to get a feel for the speed of the game. Overall, it helps the team, but hurts the younger players."

Williams agrees.

"A major problem is that you can't mimic everything in shorts," Williams said. "Young players like Ronnie Stanley and Alex Lewis, all offensive linemen in fact, have to learn the game by hitting in practice and in games. There is only so much you can learn through walkthrough. That's why the first couple of weeks for Lewis and Stanley are learning experiences. They are going to be all right, but you can't learn about the physicality of the game unless you are playing and hitting each other. But down the road, they should be pretty good."

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