A reshaped unit makes its debut Thursday night , and will be under heavy scrutiny because they're in flux. Veteran Bryant McKinnie is trying to reclaim his left tackle job after reporting with a sore lower back and above his target weight. Whether Michael Oher (above) returns to right tackle or ultimately unseats McKinnie on the left side depends largely on how McKinnie does. The coaches believe in Oher, an extremely hard worker who has improved at left tackle but still seems best suited to right tackle duty. The Ravens want to find out if precocious rookie Kelechi Osemele will perform as adeptly in games after displaying serious potential in practice sessions. Young centers Gino Gradkowski and Justin Boren will be tested against an aggressive, fast Falcons front seven headlined by defensive end John Abraham and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun