When it rains, it pours. The Baltimore Ravens announced moments ago that guard/center John Urschel is retiring from the NFL, at 26.
But rather than worry, or play doom & gloom, I’m here with the positives.
After watching training camp this morning, the current starting offensive linemen suggest the Ravens are sticking with what pundits have projected thus far.
LT: Ronnie Stanley
LG: Alex Lewis
C: Ryan Jensen
RG: Marshal Yanda
RT: James Hurst
Left Tackle — Nobody is surprised with Ronnie Stanley being the starting lineman. He’s a shoe-in, and he won’t be challenged.
Left Guard — Alex Lewis provided great protection alongside fellow rookie Stanley. It’s his job to lose, or his job to pursue the right tackle position, if the team so desires.
Center — With the surprise retirement from G/C John Urschel, the competition is becoming rather thin. The battle for center is down to Ryan Jensen or Matt Skura.
Right Guard — The best lineman in all of football, Marshal Yanda, has returned to his natural position. Nobody in the league could challenge this spot.
Right Tackle — As it stands, James Hurst is protecting the right side of Ryan Mallett.
This is day one, and many things are subject to change. A player literally retired from the NFL, so something’s going to change.