Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he’s encouraged by the shape Bryant McKinnie is in these days.
Since that shape’s not as much “round” as it was in past years, that’s reasonable.
McKinnie said last week he was in the best shape he’s been in in years, and Harbaugh has noticed.
“Bryant did a really good job,” Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “He moved really well in this camp, as well as he moved at the end of the year last year when he started practicing so well and playing so well.
“He looks healthy, and he will continue to work on his conditioning. He seems to be very committed. Love the way he’s playing and his effort.”
That’s quite a departure from last spring, which McKinnie spent in Harbaugh’s doghouse for not being fit enough.
When the Ravens brought McKinnie back after a strong postseason, they included workout bonuses and reporting bonuses to keep him motivated, and it’s apparently working.
“Physically, I feel like I’m 26, so that’s a good thing,” McKinnie said. “I feel really good this year. I’m moving around pretty well, so I’m pretty happy with that. . . . This time last year, I didn’t even participate, so yeah, I definitely feel a lot better in minicamp.
“Right now, I’m more focused so I can have a good year and be the best left tackle in the league. That’s my goal.
“When people turn on film, they’ll just see that I’m dominating, and I just feel that I’m going to do better than everybody else this year.”
If they see less of him, it will be an important first step.