Ravens' McKinnie lightens up

Ravens' McKinnie lightens up
June 13, 2013, 10:15 pm
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The Bryant McKinnie who has shown up at Ravens organized team activities and minicamps this year is more like the one from the 2012 postseason, not the one from last year’s preseason. The veteran offensive tackle said he’s 10 pounds lighter than he was last June, and McKinnie was out there running with the first-team offense at the just-completed minicamp.

“Bryant did a really good job,” coach John Harbaugh said, as reported by BaltimoreRavens.com. “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.”

McKinnie, who said he’s made 85 percent of the Ravens’ voluntary workouts, said: “I still need to drop a little lower. But it’s definitely better than it has the past two years. I’ll continue working on cardio and stretching, but I’m just focused on getting better.”

He set a high standard with his performance in the playoffs, solidifying the Ravens offensive line in the process. McKinnie wants to kick it up a notch, though.

“I want to pick up at the level I played at the end of last season, and even a little better,” he said. “I feel like I can. I feel like that’s possible. … Right now, I’m more focused so I can have a good year and be the best left tackle in the league.”

Beyond keeping his weight down — at 6 feet 8, McKinnie is listed at 360 pounds — there is also the matter of his age, 33. Not an issue, he said.

“I don’t think age really matters,” McKinnie said. “Look at what Serena [Williams, who just won tennis’ French Open] is doing. She’s in her 30s and look at the kids she’s going against. She’s the most dominant person playing and she’s 31. So what’s age really have to do with it?”