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Bryant McKinnie told he will play left tackle

Minnesota Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie blocks Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch in Minneapolis Reuters

The arrival of Bryant McKinnie in Baltimore is going to mean big changes for the rest of the Ravens offensive line.

McKinnie told ESPN that he was told he will play left tackle in Baltimore.  That will put Michael Oher back at right tackle, instead of the blind side position which made him famous in high school and college.

It’s worth wondering how Oher will respond to the decision, but it makes sense on paper.  McKinnie has never played the right side while Oher looked better at right tackle as a rookie than he did last year on the left side.

No matter how this is spun, it has to be a little disappointing for Baltimore that Oher hasn’t stuck as a franchise left tackle just yet.

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  1. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 11:20 AM

    Maybe Oher’s family could adopt McKinnie and help turn his life around.

  2. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 24, 2011 11:20 AM

    Hopefully McKinnie has got his weight issues in check.

    Oher needs to get off the left side, he’s been terrible there.

  3. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 11:21 AM

    Free fantasy football advice: Move Ray Rice down on your cheat sheet.

  4. mavajo says: Aug 24, 2011 11:26 AM

    Maybe they can try Precious at left tackle next year. I remember hearing a lot about both her and Oher in ’09.

  5. skoobyfl says: Aug 24, 2011 11:26 AM

    The Bills might of been able to use him on the O-line, considering they don’t have anyone worth starting now.

    Shoutout to BZ, BBMB / TBD- Skooby lives!!

  6. 33rdasylum says: Aug 24, 2011 11:28 AM

    if you just signed your starting left tackle at this stage of the offseason, that can’t be a good sign. At least this fixes right tackle.

  7. harmcityhomer says: Aug 24, 2011 11:28 AM

    I do not think Oher really cares. He did look better at RT than LT and they are about equally important when facing the Steelers.

  8. ken0west says: Aug 24, 2011 11:29 AM

    I demand Oher be traded to Philly if he is going to play RT. Or SF in the mid 90′s, or to AZ for the 5 seconds it looked like Lienert was going to start.

  9. britishraven says: Aug 24, 2011 11:29 AM

    If only Gaither had stayed healthy :(

    Now we have this bum at LT

  10. tatum064 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:33 AM

    What i couldnt understand is why didnt the Bengals or Bills snap him up?

  11. fwippel says: Aug 24, 2011 11:35 AM

    Poor Joe Flacco.

    Count me as completely shocked that Baltimore was desperate enough to sign McKinnie. This guy is as unmotivated as they come, and only seems to play well when he feels like it. He was nothing but a disappointment after signing that huge contract in Minnesota. Good pass rushing DEs run past him all day long.

    I hope Joe Flacco has his contract insured, because I wouldn’t count on him getting through this season with McKinnie ‘protecting’ him.

    Wasn’t there a song a few decades ago called “Run, Joey, Run”? That might get some air time in Baltimore this year.

  12. youboettcha says: Aug 24, 2011 11:35 AM

    Maybe the right side can be referred to as “The Paralyzed Side”.

  13. dcoy68 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:37 AM

    The Ravens should just tell Flacco to throw with his left hand… that way Oher is still protecting his “Blind Side”!

  14. ppdoc13 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:39 AM

    @britishraven – the question about Gaither was not only his health but his head. He had a world of talent and no drive or motivation. KC is seeing this right now as Jared spends more time on the bicycle than he does on the field.

  15. bunkmcnulty says: Aug 24, 2011 11:44 AM

    Oher is not a LT.

    Holding my nose and praying that McKinnie can work at LT.

    The U street cred not paying the bills for any of us these days. Dude has to earn it.

  16. dukemarc says: Aug 24, 2011 11:45 AM

    On a related note, James Harrison told he will have a free run at Joe Flacco for 2 games this year.

  17. th56 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:46 AM

    So McKinnie lost 100lbs and got in shape in just 2 weeks?

  18. randomjim says: Aug 24, 2011 11:47 AM

    I just read the Baltimore article mentioned in this morning’s one liners. It stated that players vouched for McKinnie & then gave quotes. Oddly enough there were no quotes from Matt Birk, with whom McKinnie played with for at least 5 years.
    Interesting.

  19. drstrangelust says: Aug 24, 2011 11:48 AM

    Well Ravens fans, get used to Flacco being sacked again and again coming from the left side! Mt. McKinnie is going to get your boy hurt! Not that I want that to happen, Just look at how Favre got abused because of McKinnie!

  20. jz3248 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:50 AM

    That was really not an earthquake yesterday it was Bryant McKinnie getting off the plane in Bmore

  21. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Aug 24, 2011 11:57 AM

    thephantomstranger

    “Free fantasy football advice: Move Ray Rice down on your cheat sheet.”

    Actually that’s terrible advice. He was already high before we acquired Vonta Leach which in turn should have brought his value up since Leach is an absolutely pancake blocking animal. I see what you’re saying, but if anything our line has improved.

  22. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Aug 24, 2011 12:00 PM

    @random jim

    “I just read the Baltimore article mentioned in this morning’s one liners. It stated that players vouched for McKinnie & then gave quotes. Oddly enough there were no quotes from Matt Birk, with whom McKinnie played with for at least 5 years.
    Interesting.”

    It’s called brotha’s vouching for brotha’s. Birk probably can’t stand him, but maybe no one asked him for his comment.

  23. tomcous says: Aug 24, 2011 12:01 PM

    Hey Oher – Buffalo sure could use ya if you’re not feeling the love there in Baltimore

  24. supashug says: Aug 24, 2011 12:10 PM

    Oher will be great on the right, this is a good signing for Bmore as they only need McKinnie for size which he has. If he can stand upright for 3 seconds which Oher had trouble doing than it is great for Flacco

  25. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 12:10 PM

    jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says:
    Aug 24, 2011 11:57 AM
    thephantomstranger

    “Free fantasy football advice: Move Ray Rice down on your cheat sheet.”

    Actually that’s terrible advice. He was already high before we acquired Vonta Leach which in turn should have brought his value up since Leach is an absolutely pancake blocking animal. I see what you’re saying, but if anything our line has improved.
    _____________

    It was really just a joke, but I’m surprised you would think your line has improved by adding a fat tub of goo who doesn’t care about anything but partying as your new starting left tackle two weeks before the first game.

  26. hobartbaker says: Aug 24, 2011 12:15 PM

    Michael was Oher whelmed on the blind side. So he is going back to the deaf and dumb side.

  27. Mike Tomlin says: Aug 24, 2011 12:19 PM

    In Ozzie y’all trust, huh?

  28. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:25 PM

    Dear Michael Oher,

    As long as you are gonna play RT, please demand a trade to philly. And whoever your 2nd or 3rd string middle linebacker is, bring him too.

    thanks,
    eaglesnoles05

  29. cmich2006 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:27 PM

    @jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson

    Ray Rice’s value dropped once Ricky Williams was signed to be the goal line back.

  30. jacksaysfu says: Aug 24, 2011 12:27 PM

    This is the offensive version of Albert Haynesworth , talented but so unmotivated !

  31. vadog says: Aug 24, 2011 12:28 PM

    I’m skeptical that McKinnie will make the final roster. He cannot be in condition to practice yet!! He certainly wouldn’t be able to start the first game. Terrible and desperate pick-up by the Ravens.

  32. theytukrjobs says: Aug 24, 2011 12:30 PM

    Maybe Oher’s family could adopt McKinnie and help turn his life around.

    ———————–

    That’s awesome. PFT should really do something like a “top ten comments of the week” segment to which this could be in.

  33. ICDogg says: Aug 24, 2011 12:35 PM

    What will the Disney movie about McKinnie be called? “Tale of the Whale”?

  34. m2karateman says: Aug 24, 2011 12:41 PM

    ppdoc13 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 11:39 AM
    @britishraven – the question about Gaither was not only his health but his head. He had a world of talent and no drive or motivation. KC is seeing this right now as Jared spends more time on the bicycle than he does on the field.

    ——————————————————–

    Are you describing Gaither or McKinnie?

    Doesn’t really matter, it fits for either of them. Motivated people don’t balloon out to 400 lbs.

  35. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:43 PM

    @theytukrjobs-
    1) Great name.
    2) I totally agree they should have a comedy section for best (ie: funniest and most clever) posts of the week. I’d be the champ, says me!

  36. watermelon1 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:58 PM

    You people have it all wrong. Oher hasn’t been horrible on the left side. But as the article states, McKinnie has NEVER played on the right side. So, it’s just common sense that with only 2 weeks left of preseason… you aren’t going to put a brand new guy to your system in a position he’s never played. You’re going to put him at the position that he went to the pro-bowl at only 2 seasons ago. And you’re going to put your young tackle who has played both sides of the line… on the right.

    Oher has had some false start issues, but you all really have to understand that Flacco really makes his line look worse than it is. With his indecision, with his complete lack of pocket awareness, and probably with his inconsistent snap counts too(due to him being confused whenever the defense moves around pre-snap).

  37. watermelon1 says: Aug 24, 2011 1:03 PM

    thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 11:21 AM

    Free fantasy football advice: Move Ray Rice down on your cheat sheet.

    ==========================

    Yeah, because the last running back that McKinnie blocked for sure didn’t do well in fantasy football.

    I’ll take my chances with a guy that helped push Adrian Peterson to the top of the league.

  38. silkyjohnson937 says: Aug 24, 2011 1:03 PM

    Doesnt mckinnie give away plays by his pre snap stance? I remember a vikings opponent saying something of that nature

  39. reddskeletor says: Aug 24, 2011 1:17 PM

    So the premise of The Blind Side was totally BS? That Michael Oher is not some superhuman left tackle crushing pass rushers at his will?

  40. th56 says: Aug 24, 2011 1:20 PM

    @watermelon1: Adrian gained those yards despite McKinnie. Adrian’s biggest challenge was get around McKinnie’s Huge ass.

  41. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 1:23 PM

    watermelon1 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 1:03 PM
    thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 11:21 AM

    Free fantasy football advice: Move Ray Rice down on your cheat sheet.

    ==========================

    Yeah, because the last running back that McKinnie blocked for sure didn’t do well in fantasy football.

    I’ll take my chances with a guy that helped push Adrian Peterson to the top of the league.
    _______________

    Is everyone forgetting that McKinnie weighs 400 pounds and was cut because he was so out of shape? He isn’t even as good as he was last year, which wasn’t very good.

  42. kevinfromphilly says: Aug 24, 2011 1:28 PM

    Sandra Bulloch is gonna be PISSED!

  43. realdraftgm says: Aug 24, 2011 1:37 PM

    Everyone is hating on Oher just because he made that movie you are all sick people. Truth is Oher is one of the best left tackles in the game and may end up being one of the best in the history of the game. This move has to do more with Mckinne not having experience on the right then it does with Oher. Mckinne may not even start. He may just be the backup to Oher on the left. But if he does start it is not because Oher is not good enough it is just Mckinne has no experience on the right.

  44. dasportsninja says: Aug 24, 2011 1:40 PM

    Flacco better be ready, the human turn style is in the house!

  45. purplepride1978 says: Aug 24, 2011 1:43 PM

    Fatty McKinney is only gonna be able to stand their to disrupt the pass rush. He wont be able to lift his arms to engage the defender much less move his legs due to their heavy nature. Perhaps a defensive end could toss a slice of pizza at him as the ball is hiked to distract him.

  46. ICDogg says: Aug 24, 2011 1:48 PM

    I’ll bet McKinnie isn’t in the 98th percentile in “protective instincts”…

  47. favreblows says: Aug 24, 2011 1:52 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 24, 2011 1:23 PM
    watermelon1 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 1:03 PM
    thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 11:21 AM

    Free fantasy football advice: Move Ray Rice down on your cheat sheet.

    ==========================

    Yeah, because the last running back that McKinnie blocked for sure didn’t do well in fantasy football.

    I’ll take my chances with a guy that helped push Adrian Peterson to the top of the league.
    _______________

    Is everyone forgetting that McKinnie weighs 400 pounds and was cut because he was so out of shape? He isn’t even as good as he was last year, which wasn’t very good.

    ****You’re an idiot. Seriously……you’re almost as stupid as Hargis. The Vikings cut McKinnie because they were pissed off at him and had enough of his antics. But that doesn’t change the fact that they seriously downgraded at LT. McKinnie was an average LT in the NFL. This new guy is a f’n joke. McNabb is going to get crushed. This will make Favre’s beating last year look like a walk in the park.

    The Ravens (who are a pretty f’n good team) moved a pretty talented guy from LT to RT. They’re not idiots. McKinnie has character issues, but he’s a decent player…..at a very important position.

    Get a clue.

  48. charmcitysittinpretty says: Aug 24, 2011 1:58 PM

    Regradless if he plays at a probowl level or not, he’s depth, and the fact of the matter is the ravens have added 3 pretty solid, ready to play oline men in a week. That’s huge, the oline looked pretty good last week against a pretty impressive kc pass rush, so stop hating, I love how the pats sign Haney and cinco, hes a genius, the ravens sign McKinney and were desperate and a joke? You fools are just that, fools. The ravens look like they could have a much better team then any of us expected, I think a lot of you crow eaters are gonna be eating a lot more the crow by week 8 ( your foolish words). CHARM CITY SITTIN PRETTY!

  49. rayguyreturns says: Aug 24, 2011 2:01 PM

    Oher is a class guy. Doubt he will even murmur about moving over.

    Wish we had him.

  50. charmcitysittinpretty says: Aug 24, 2011 2:05 PM

    Oh yeah just a side not for the genius talking smack about ray rice, please pass On him fool! Now he’s running behind Arian fosters fb ( arguably the reason for all of his success last year) and Adrian peterson’s left tackel….now I am no espn analyst but I am pretty sure both were 1&2 in the league in rushing, now ray runs behind both of those guys…I think you need to do your homework little boy, Vikings dropped him cause of cap space, and dogged him for his weight cause they flat out don’t like him, he’ll play well for bmore cause were an actual good team, with more then 1 good player. Ray rice might be the number 1 running back this year, just maybe….

  51. kevinwi says: Aug 24, 2011 2:11 PM

    You will find quickly that Football is not McKinnie’s highest priority. It’s not that he gets into trouble, it’s that he wants the hollywood lifestyle. He gets by on his pure size and god given talent with zero motivation to excel at his craft. He’s in it for the paycheck, plain and simple so he can enjoy the stripclub miami lifestyle.

  52. 28purple4mvp says: Aug 24, 2011 3:07 PM

    charmcitysittinpretty says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:05 PM
    Oh yeah just a side not for the genius talking smack about ray rice, please pass On him fool! Now he’s running behind Arian fosters fb ( arguably the reason for all of his success last year) and Adrian peterson’s left tackel….now I am no espn analyst but I am pretty sure both were 1&2 in the league in rushing, now ray runs behind both of those guys…I think you need to do your homework little boy, Vikings dropped him cause of cap space, and dogged him for his weight cause they flat out don’t like him, he’ll play well for bmore cause were an actual good team, with more then 1 good player. Ray rice might be the number 1 running back this year, just maybe….

    Whats in the water in bmore? Peterson had to make his holes to run thru. Fatty was exposed last year when hutchinson went down. HOLDING ON THE OFFENCE #74. going to here that lot. But ok. Go and think you got someone good. Second string QB by week 4 bank on it. And for the little boy comment that really makes you a tuff guy. Internet s**t talkers grow up. No real man would talk crap on the internet so i give you the age of 12-14 years of age if you are a adult act like one.

  53. jamesharrisonkickedyourass says: Aug 24, 2011 3:08 PM

    Not sure why the vikes cut him but they sure as heck didnt think he was worth a box of rocks.

    This will be fun, Harrison or Woodley will just take his large ass wide and Timmons can fill the gigantic whole once BMac falls and can’t get up.

    Flacco meet the newest Steeler LB phenom.

  54. ravensfan4life52 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:11 PM

    good pick up depending on how much we paid for him.

  55. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 3:40 PM

    reddskeletor says:
    Aug 24, 2011 1:17 PM
    So the premise of The Blind Side was totally BS? That Michael Oher is not some superhuman left tackle crushing pass rushers at his will?
    ________________

    Actually, the premise of The Blind Side was a homeless kid was taken in by a wealthy family. They changed his life with the love they showed him and helped him become a productive student. He also happened to be a really good football player. So good that he got a scholarship to Ole Miss and was taken in the first round of the NFL draft. It’s a good movie, you might want to see it.

  56. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 3:41 PM

    ICDogg says:
    Aug 24, 2011 1:48 PM
    I’ll bet McKinnie isn’t in the 98th percentile in “protective instincts”…
    __________

    Dude, that is classic.

  57. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 3:51 PM

    charmcitysittinpretty says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:05 PM
    Oh yeah just a side not for the genius talking smack about ray rice, please pass On him fool! Now he’s running behind Arian fosters fb ( arguably the reason for all of his success last year) and Adrian peterson’s left tackel….now I am no espn analyst but I am pretty sure both were 1&2 in the league in rushing, now ray runs behind both of those guys…I think you need to do your homework little boy, Vikings dropped him cause of cap space, and dogged him for his weight cause they flat out don’t like him, he’ll play well for bmore cause were an actual good team, with more then 1 good player. Ray rice might be the number 1 running back this year, just maybe….
    _____________

    Wow, you really take your fantasy football seriously.

  58. randomjim says: Aug 24, 2011 3:52 PM

    kevinwi says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:11 PM
    You will find quickly that Football is not McKinnie’s highest priority. It’s not that he gets into trouble, it’s that he wants the hollywood lifestyle. He gets by on his pure size and god given talent with zero motivation to excel at his craft. He’s in it for the paycheck, plain and simple so he can enjoy the stripclub miami lifestyle.
    ————————————————————
    How after he is out of football does he go broke??

  59. randomjim says: Aug 24, 2011 3:53 PM

    kevinwi says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:11 PM
    You will find quickly that Football is not McKinnie’s highest priority. It’s not that he gets into trouble, it’s that he wants the hollywood lifestyle. He gets by on his pure size and god given talent with zero motivation to excel at his craft. He’s in it for the paycheck, plain and simple so he can enjoy the stripclub miami lifestyle.
    ————————————————————
    How LONG after he is out of football does he go broke??

  60. jsalis13 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:10 PM

    Bryant McKinney received a +3.8 grade from profootballfocus.com this is 13 points higher than Michael Oher’s abysmal -10.8. So I think that this is a good move by Newman and should help the team immensly. The real issue in Minnessotta last year sprung from RT Phil Loadholt who finished with a -22.8 or Center John Sullivan (-8.9). Failing that perhaps the blame should be placed on the cauresel of guards that they started over the course of the season, of the 4 they stared at various times only 1- Steve Hutchingson received a positive ranking (1.8).

  61. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 4:32 PM

    favreblows says:
    Aug 24, 2011 1:52 PM
    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 24, 2011 1:23 PM
    watermelon1 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 1:03 PM
    thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 11:21 AM

    Free fantasy football advice: Move Ray Rice down on your cheat sheet.

    ==========================

    Yeah, because the last running back that McKinnie blocked for sure didn’t do well in fantasy football.

    I’ll take my chances with a guy that helped push Adrian Peterson to the top of the league.
    _______________

    Is everyone forgetting that McKinnie weighs 400 pounds and was cut because he was so out of shape? He isn’t even as good as he was last year, which wasn’t very good.

    ****You’re an idiot. Seriously……you’re almost as stupid as Hargis. The Vikings cut McKinnie because they were pissed off at him and had enough of his antics. But that doesn’t change the fact that they seriously downgraded at LT. McKinnie was an average LT in the NFL. This new guy is a f’n joke. McNabb is going to get crushed. This will make Favre’s beating last year look like a walk in the park.

    The Ravens (who are a pretty f’n good team) moved a pretty talented guy from LT to RT. They’re not idiots. McKinnie has character issues, but he’s a decent player…..at a very important position.

    Get a clue.
    ____________

    Oh, so he wasn’t cut because he was morbidly obese? So his game won’t be worse than last year? Okay, thanks for clearing that up for me. You’re right, he’s great.

  62. truthserum4u says: Aug 24, 2011 7:35 PM

    favreblows says:
    Aug 24, 2011 1:52 PM

    ****You’re an idiot. Seriously……you’re almost as stupid as Hargis. The Vikings cut McKinnie because they were pissed off at him and had enough of his antics. But that doesn’t change the fact that they seriously downgraded at LT. McKinnie was an average LT in the NFL. This new guy is a f’n joke. McNabb is going to get crushed. This will make Favre’s beating last year look like a walk in the park.

    The Ravens (who are a pretty f’n good team) moved a pretty talented guy from LT to RT. They’re not idiots. McKinnie has character issues, but he’s a decent player…..at a very important position.

    Get a clue

    ———————————–

    So the Vikings have stood by McKinnie over the years and put up with a ton of off-field garbage, and then are suddenly pissed at him and cut him for his antics, despite there not being any recent antics to speak of? That doesn’t even begin to make sense.

    I’ll agree McKinnie has been better over the years (perhaps not in 2010) than most Vikings fans give him credit and their current situation @ LT has gotten worse. However, @ 400+ lbs he most certainly wasn’t going to be able to play, much less play well. His condition was reported by numerous reporters who saw him first hand, not just by the Vikes. And any player allowing himself to balloon to that weight has serious committment and dedication issues.

    The Ravens have a big time need at OT and are taking a low risk flyer – nothing else, nothing more.

  63. pfizzle82 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:24 PM

    i wouldnt be motivated to play for the vikings either. they never win anything.

  64. vikesandravens78 says: Aug 25, 2011 12:40 AM

    Oh crap.

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