Cameron: Competition for right tackle job could last through preseason

One day after officially joining the Ravens, offensive tackle Mark LeVoir was lining up at right tackle with the first-team offense during this afternoon’s practice.

Hope you studied you playbook last night, Mr. LeVoir.

The former Patriots tackle got the bulk of the reps at right tackle, with rookie Jah Reid, who had been the first-team right tackle all of last week, getting most of his time with the second unit.

“It’s (only been) two days, but obviously he asks veteran questions,” offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said of LeVoir. “He knows NFL defenses, he’s just got to get accustomed to how we go about doing things. He’s a veteran football player, and we’ll probably find out a lot about him tomorrow and (Thursday) night.”

With the Ravens’ regular season opener less than three weeks away, the coaches will try and give LeVoir as many reps as possible to get him up to speed with the playbook and offensive scheme. His five years of NFL experience contrasts with Reid’s zero, but the rookie has one advantage in that he’s had the last three weeks to learn Cameron’s system.

Asked about the battle for the right tackle job, Cameron said things are still wide open at this point, and it might stay that way through the rest of the preseason.

In addition, Cameron again floated right guard Marshal Yanda’s name as a possible fill-in at tackle if neither Reid or LeVoir can step up and take the job.

“I don’t know that it’s narrowed down to any point,” Cameron said. “We’re still evaluating everybody. This is a big game (on Thursday). Ultimately, we’ll go with our best five. We’ll see how that factors in. I wouldn’t say that it’s “this guy” or “that guy” at this point. We all know Marshal has played out there, we all know there’s other possibilities.

“What I would say, though, is I like what I see. We took a huge step the other night, the young tackles did. Even Ramon Harewood had a nice night. Jah did a nice job, he’s improved this week. There’s competition, there always will be. We’ve just got to let this thing play out, probably for a couple weeks.”

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