John Harbaugh: It’s been a pleasure watching Alejandro Villanueva, Kevin Zeitler

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Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta said in February that the team wanted to improve its pass protection this offseason and the ensuing months saw the team make several moves on the offensive line.

They signed right guard Kevin Zeitler after he was released by the Giants while watching Matt Skura and D.J. Fluker leave as free agents. With Ronnie Stanley returning from injury, Orlando Brown was traded to the Chiefs in order to let him try his hand at left tackle and former Steeler Alejandro Villanueva came aboard as the new right tackle.

Head coach John Harbaugh has gotten a chance to see the two veteran additions work over the last few weeks and he sounds happy with how things look up front heading into training camp.

“Watching them play has been a pleasure,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “They’re all ball, all the time — both of those guys. Whether it’s meeting room, weight room, conditioning [or] on the field work — they’re all ball, all the time. I love that about them. I think they’re going to be a formidable tandem on the right side. I’m really pleased with them so far.”

Bradley Bozeman has moved to center, which leaves left guard as the only spot up for grabs in Baltimore. Harbaugh called that competition “wide open” and they’ll get to sort that out while feeling confident that the rest of the group is well positioned for success.

8 responses to “John Harbaugh: It’s been a pleasure watching Alejandro Villanueva, Kevin Zeitler

  1. The O-line is coming back together for the Ravens after the disaster late last year. They were great in 2019 and after losing Stanley and Yanda were pretty bad last year and Lamar’s stats reflected that. This year, hopefully Lamar with some protection will be back to his 2019 form.

  2. Can’t wait to see Villanueva get WORKED by the Browns just like he did last year! Love that addition!

  3. Zeitler is past his prime but still a solid G. Was hoping cincy would bring him back.

  4. the Ravens O-Line should be better than last year, especially after Stanley went down, but we need to play the games and see how our health holds up. Very tough to have good depth on the O-Line as KC found out in the Super Bowl.

  5. Harbaugh might need to question his “process” when he has to get linemen from other teams to see what a lineman should be doing in shorts and shells.

  6. The offense is only as good as the offensive line. It dictates the rhythm of the game in the trenches. So, to sustain any type of success you must have o-line depth. Being successful during an NFL season is contingent on depth and attrition. The team with more capable back-ups has a better chance to go deep in the playoffs. When starters are injured, back-ups should be able to step up without a drop in production. The Chiefs in the superbowl had no chance with a depleted O-line. Mahomes was running for his life all game. Running the ball was not a factor. That goes to tell you that the team that wins it all is not necessarily the most talented team, but the one that overcomes injuries with good back-ups.

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