Ravens All-Pro OT could debut in week 4 of 2022

Raven's OT Ronnie Stanley

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Ravens OT Ronnie Stanley celebrates with Lamar Jackson in a regular season game on December 2, 2018.

For the first time in over a year, Baltimore Ravens All-Pro offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley was a full participant in practice September 28, 2022. The franchise blindside protector was limited to just one game in 2021 after suffering a setback in his rehabilitation from a serious ankle injury that required further surgery.

He has skipped the team’s first three games of the 2022 season despite having practiced, albeit limitedly, over the past three weeks. However, following this recent positive development, head coach John Harbaugh told reporters in his Press conference after training that Stanley “could” make his debut in Week 4 when the Ravens host the Buffalo Bills in a huge AFC showdown that could have massive playoff ramifications later.

“It’s really just what we see and what he feels. Those are the two things that both need to be considered,” Harbaugh said. “Ronnie won’t want to go out there and we won’t want him to go out there unless he feels like he’s going to be good when he’s ready. Going out there and being at your best when he comes back is a priority. At the same time he will have to step in at some point, so it could be this week.

Stanley was listed as doubtful to play in the last injury report for the past three weeks before being demoted to out the day before the game. Harbaugh said the team will make a decision on its final status for this week when the final injury report comes out on Friday.


Daniel Faalele “More comfortable” on left tackle

If Stanley isn’t fit for the fourth straight game, the Ravens will have to turn to the fourth-round rookie to protect Lamar Jackson’s blindside. Having played exclusively right tackle throughout his football career since high school, he was pushed into the starting lineup for the team’s Week 3 away win against the New England Patriots after Patrick Mekari went down in the first quarter with an ankle injury.

With Mekari expected to miss this week, and perhaps more with a sprain, Faalele could make his career debut this Sunday against a wild pass rush from Bills, led by eight-time Pro Bowler and two-time Superbowl champion Von Miller. Future Hall of Fame edge rushers would likely spend most of the game lining up above the less experienced or seen as more vulnerable tackle, which in this case is Faalele.

However, after recovering from a rough start against the Patriots, the freshman feels more comfortable now that he has some live game repeaters on the other side than he’s used to.

“(I) definitely feel more comfortable now after getting a game,” Faalele said in a press conference September 28, 2022. “I will be prepared for anything. Seeing it from the perspective of a left tackle versus a right tackle is something else entirely.”

Another big boost to his comfort level while playing the new position was the tremendous trust and trust his teammates and coaches put in him to perform well.

“My teammates didn’t doubt me and gave me that confidence throughout the game,” said Faalele. “With every snapshot, I felt like I was settling in. It started to slow down a lot for me.”


Rookie Center impressed MVP Frontrunner

Faalele isn’t the only first-year Ravens offensive lineman who looked impressive and earned the trust of teammates and coaches and garnered high praise. First-rounder Tyler Linderbaum is the new anchor in the middle of the offensive line as the starting center. After watching the tape of his last and best game yet, Jackson was effusive in his praise for Linderbaum.

“You have to see the movie; I can’t even begin to describe how intense it was for him out there and how high he performed,” Jackson said at a press conference September 28, 2022. “It looked incredible – just to see a rookie out there doing what he’s doing. It looks like he’s been here before. He just has to keep doing what he’s doing and keep piling on.”

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