A healthy Kelechi Osemele is one reason why the Ravens are optimistic about their offensive line. Osemele was never himself last season, before eventually undergoing season-ending back surgery. But Osemele is healthy again, moving extremely well and blocking aggressively at left guard.
The Ravens feel Osemele has Pro Bowl potential. When I asked him Tuesday about making the Pro Bowl, he did not shy away from the topic.
“Yes, I think about it daily,” Osemele said. “That’s something that wakes me up in the morning and gets me going. It’s my personal motivation to come out here every day and grind and get after it and get better. It’s one of those things where it’s a carrot right out in front of you. You set goals and aim and go after it.”
The Ravens had one of the worst running attacks in the NFL last season, and Osemele took that personally, although he was injured part of the year. Osemele believes the Ravens will return to being an efficient running team in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system.
“That’s what I like about it the most,” Osemele said. “I feel like as an offensive line, it’s good to set the tone early and come off the ball, knock guys off the ball, assert your dominance, and, obviously, the play-action off of that and the passes off that (are important, too),” Osemele said. “I’m really confident.
“With Kubiak coming in here, and installing his offense with the zone and everything, and the play-calling being more balanced, and maybe even shifting towards the run a little bit more – just a little – I feel like that should help things.”
Having Osemele at full strength has already helped.