The questions of Ravens Kelechi Osemele

The questions of Ravens Kelechi Osemele
February 2, 2014, 10:45 am
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The offensive line is one of the biggest areas of concern for the Ravens -- and their fans -- during the off-season. There's no question that the line wound up being one of the team's biggest trouble spots in 2013, and team officials already have said they're going to make it better next year.

And one of the questions on the line will involve Kelechi Osemele, who missed the second half of this season after back issues forced him into having surgery. Osemele was shifted from right tackle to left guard for the team's playoff run last year and fared well. But, like the rest of the line, he struggled at times in 2013 before being sidelined with the injury and subsequent surgery. 

There's a number of questions as to where the third-year lineman could end up. One scenario could see the Ravens letting right tackle Michael Oher go on the open market and move Osemele there. That would also mean that the team would be able to re-sign Eugene Monroe at left tackle. Or the Ravens could let him go back to left guard again, where he played in the 2012 playoffs and throughout 2013 before the injury. 

Osemele has been a starter since the Ravens picked him in the second round of the 2012 draft. But the back problems slowed him this season, so the coaches will have a decision to make as to where they think Osemele will play the best. That decision also will involve what other linemen they sign and, basically, who plays where. 

The Ravens have several options and obviously lots of confidence of Osemele. That confidence and the other moves they make will probably determine where he plays in 2014. 

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