The Ravens defensive line sported a lot of new looks Sunday against the Raiders. With defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder, knee) sitting out, rookie DeAngelo Tyson got his first career start, and Courtney Upshaw made a guest appearance as an interior lineman.
The offensive line unveiled its own new look of sorts, with second-year lineman Jah Reid getting the most extensive action of his career at left guard in place of the banged-up Bobbie Williams (ankle).
Reid had been inactive the first seven games while recovering from a calf injury originally sustained during minicamp. He finally saw his first action of the season, playing a handful of snaps against Cleveland two weeks ago. Then against the Raiders, Reid replaced Williams early in the second quarter and played the rest of the game, giving him some experience and giving Williams some much-needed rest.
"It was great to be out there," Reid said in the locker room after the Ravens' 55-20 rout of Oakland. "Of course I had some growing pains, and I got to learn from my mistakes, but it was awesome to go out there and help this team win."
Coach John Harbaugh said after the game that "Jah Reid has been coming on and practicing well. What Jah needs is playing time. He needs experience. He needs snaps on the field, so it was our plan to start him out there in the third series no matter what and then play him as much as we could."
Reid, a third-round pick out of Central Florida in 2011, appeared in every game as a rookie last year, but primarily on special teams. The Oakland game represents by far the most extensive pro experience on offense for the 6-foot-7, 340-pound Reid,who has been working at both guard and tackle for the Ravens.
After reviewing the game film, Harbaugh said he saw "a lot of good things" from Reid, and "some other things that he can get better at. But he's a very physical player. He is really athletic. He can bend, he can get his pads down, and that’s not easy to do for a guy his size. He played well. There were some pass-protection-technique issues that he had. He has some pass-set things that he has to continue to work on that he knows about and he can work on. But all in all, he played pretty well.”
Harbaugh wouldn't say on Monday whether Williams will remain in the starting lineup, but Reid said he welcomes any and all action.
"The more playing time, the happier I am," he said.