Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak ran down a list of changes along the offensive line during a team meeting prior to a regular-season finale win over the Cleveland Browns.
After Kubiak broached the topic that the Ravens would start rookies James Hurst and John Urschel at left tackle and right guard, he expressed confidence in gritty Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda and his ability to shift over to right tackle with starter Rick Wagner out for the season with a Lisfranc foot sprain.
"I told Marshal, 'You'll be fine, you could probably play quarterback,' " Kubiak said. "That's the way he is. He's an amazing player. His attention to detail, his commitment to the football team and what he does is as good as I've ever been around. So, not surprised at all."
Yanda graded out highly during the 20-10 win over the Browns as he started at tackle for the first time in four seasons. Yanda is slated to play right tackle again Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers during an AFC wild-card playoff game at Heinz Field.
Although Yanda hadn't played tackle on a regular basis for years, the 6-foot-3, 305-pound four-time Pro Bowl selection didn't look out of place last week while blocking Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger. Yanda did allow one sack to Kruger, but overall held up well against a pass rusher who had 11 sacks this season.
"It's been a while since I've been out there, so things are going to be different," Yanda said. "It's what I've got to do for the team. I'm a team guy, always have been. It's what we need. I'm going to go out there and give it my best."
The praise from Kubiak did hit home with Yanda.
"I definitely appreciate it, that's for sure," Yanda said. "It's something to be said, but right now I'm just worried about playing well and practicing well and getting ready for the Steelers. Obviously, there will be time to reflect back after the season's over. Right now, I'm just worried about getting and better and being ready to roll."