McKinnie is still squarely in the 300s, but he says he¿s been working to cut his weight in the offseason. The offensive tackle told Tim Brando on Yahoo! Sports Radio on Wednesday that his weight is down to 350 pounds.
Organized team activities and mandatory minicamp have come and gone, and the Ravens are off enjoying a little down time before the start of training camp. But my peers in the media never rest, which is why I have rounded up what several national media outlets have been saying about the Ravens over the past several days.
Jah Reid, who spent most of the week at right tackle, was carted off the practice field midway through Thursday's final day of minicamp. His right leg rested on the back of the cart. An assistant then helped Reid gingerly walk inside the practice facility to the trainer's room. Reid did not return. Early indication is that Reid avoided a major injury and the hope is that it is a strained calf, according to a source.
It's the Ravens' decision to fine Reed or not, but Harbaugh and owner Steve Bisciotti, made it clear in recent days they expected him to attend the minicamp despite the fact they hadn't spoken to Reed. However, Lewis has spoken to Reed and downplayed his long-time teammate's absence.
McKinnie was held out of practice due to concerns about his conditioning, but he was inside the practice facility. Meanwhile, Birk had surgery to have varicose veins fixed in his legs, something that has been on his plans since the end of last season but wasn¿t taken care of until last week.
The Ravens just got off the field after today¿s voluntary offseason team activity. Cornerback Jimmy Smith and left tackle Bryant McKinnie were present after missing last Wednesday¿s practice, but 19 players, including second-year players Jah Reid and Pernell McPhee, were not.
Ramon Harewood has been with the Baltimore Ravens for two seasons, but the 6-foot-6 offensive tackle has yet to play a single snap in a game that counted in the standings. He has spent the past two seasons on the injured reserve -- due to knee surgery in 2010 then an ankle injury in 2011 -- and will try to lock down a roster spot this summer.
On paper -- and we know the dangers of evaluating football teams on that alone -- it doesn't appear the Baltimore Ravens have done much to improve an offense that ranked 12th in the NFL in points scored and 15th in total yards a season ago. But there is reason to believe that the offense will be better in 2012: They will finally have a little continuity.
Now that Ravens reporter Matt Vensel has had a couple of days to defragment his brain after a hectic NFL draft weekend, he figured he would hand out superlative style-evaluations of the Baltimore Ravens' eight-player draft class. These are just the opinions of one man (though it's a man who spent much of the past two months researching draft prospects).
After the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft Saturday, Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron made a cameo at the introductory press conference for Courtney Upshaw, Kelechi Osemele and Bernard Pierce. In addition to Kelechi, an Iowa State offensive lineman, and Pierce, the big Temple back, the Ravens had just drafted him another offensive player in Delaware center Gino Gradkowski.
Temporarily ignoring their needs on the offensive line, the Ravens made linebacker Courtney Upshaw, a defensive standout on an Alabama team that won the national championship last season, their first selection of the 2012 draft.