The Ravens had two new faces among their cluster of offensive linemen today, as newly signed tackle Mark LeVoir and guard Jason Murphy took part in their first practice at team headquarters in Owings Mills.
LeVoir comes to the Ravens with 32 games of experience, including two starts. He played the last three seasons for the Patriots after being signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2006.
"I'm just happy to be here," LeVoir said. "Obviously, I don't know a thing. I just have to get in the playbook and work as hard as I can and do whatever the coaches ask of me."
Head coach John Harbaugh announced today that Oniel Cousins will likely remain at guard full-time after moving over from tackle, which gave the Ravens even more reason to add an experienced tackle. LeVoir, released last Wednesday by New England, fit the bill.
"LeVoir's a guy with a lot of experience," Harbaugh said. "He's been in the league, he's played in New England, and we love their system. Very well-coached by Dante Scarnecchia (Patriots offensive line coach), so that's a big plus. Understands NFL defenses, and that's what we need right now. It was a fortuitous kind of situation for us, and we'll see how he does."
For now, LeVoir will bury his head into his playbook and try and soak up as much information as he possibly can. He doesn't have much time to get up to speed; the Ravens' third preseason game is Thursday against the Redskins.
"Experience is one thing, but I'm not experienced here with how they do things," LeVoir said. "I'm excited to buy into the Ravens' way of doing things. All I've got down right now is even play, go to the right; odd play, go to the left. I just have a lot of work to do as far as getting ready to go."
LeVoir reportedly was released by the Patriots after they asked him to take a pay cut, but the Notre Dame product doesn't have any issues with the way his tenure with the Pats ended.
"No hard feelings there," he said. "They're a good team, a good organization. I wish them well, but I'm a Raven now. This is where I want to be. Happy to be here."
For Murphy, signing with the Ravens presents a chance not only to get back into the NFL after playing the last two years in the UFL, but also to suit up for his hometown team. Murphy, who has spent time on the Titans, Seahawks and Chargers practice squads, is a Baltimore native and Edmondson graduate.
"I think it's a great experience," Murphy said. "I'm so eager to get on the field and hit somebody. It's a great feeling, it's a long time coming to me. It's one of those dreams that you've had since high school, and it's finally here. My parents, my wife, my whole family is happy. My wife is happy to have me home. It's good to be home with my kids and play for the Baltimore Ravens."