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Preston: Urschel's decision to retire won't have big effect on Ravens

Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel announces his retirement.

Ravens center John Urschel announced his retirement today as the team opened training camp, but I don't see this as a significant loss.

Urschel, in his fourth season, was expected to challenge Ryan Jensen for a starting spot, but I thought both players were liabilities. Urschel, a fifth-round pick out of Penn State in 2014, was athletic and versatile. But he was nothing more than a stop-gap player — one who could hold down the starting spot for several games until the injured starter returned.

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He weighed about 300 pounds and was considered light, especially for a team that wanted to play power football this season.

Urschel also had problems at times snapping the ball accurately out of the shotgun formation to the quarterback. The Ravens can find someone better on the free-agent market than both Jensen and Urschel.

It appears that things aren't going well for the Ravens because they've lost several key players to injuries lately, but I wouldn't lose any sleep over Urschel's retirement. He was a solid player but would have had problems as a starter if he played in 2017.

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