Rick Wagner has reasons to believe he will be the Ravens' starting right tackle next season. The Ravens did not spend a high draft pick on a right tackle, nor have they signed a veteran right tackle. With Wagner working primarily with the first team during OTAs and minicamp, he believes things are progressing nicely toward winning a starting job over Ryan Jensen and Jah Reid.
“It’s a great opportunity right now,” Wagner said after Wednesday’s practice. “I want to be a consistent blocker –- just doing my job, not hearing too much from (the media), grinding and doing my job.”
Mandatory minicamp has given Wagner a chance to block against Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. Wagner says blocking against two premier pass rushers in practice has accelerated his learning process.
“They’re great players. It’s not too fun going against them all the time, but it’s definitely good practice,” said Wagner, who was selected in the fifth round last year.
More will be learned about Wagner and all the offensive linemen when players are in pads during training camp. However, OTAs and minicamp have been a dress rehearsal, and so far, Wagner has looked good.
“He has responded and hasn’t missed a rep,” offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said of Wagner last week. “I’ve been very pleased with Ricky.”