Rookie tackle Osemele struggling with consistency


After a lackluster performance in Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday, John Harbaugh summed up the Ravens’ offensive line performance as “inconsistent.”

To be inconsistent, you must experience both highs and lows – the Ravens’ offensive line certainly fits that description. One player who may embody it more than any through the season’s first five games is rookie right tackle Kelechi Osemele.

Even the best “instant star” rookies will struggle at some point. It looks like the speed and talent of NFL competition is finally catching up with the rookie out of Iowa State.

Against the Chiefs, Osemele found himself on the losing end to many of his matchups against Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, who combine as one of the best pass-rushing combos in the league. Collectively, the duo had four sacks Sunday, with each beating Osemele once and left tackle Michael Oher once.

The impact of Houston and Hali was felt even if they weren’t able to get to quarterback Joe Flacco. During the final drive of the first quarter, Houston beat Osemele on consecutive plays in the red zone, forcing Flacco to rush passes to Anquan Boldin and Tandon Doss, both of which fell incomplete.

The next drive, Houston once again beat Osemele, this time for the first of his two sacks on the day.

Osemele is too big, athletic and physical to be bullied around by opposing defensive players, but at some point experience must factor in.

Mentally, Osemele is making mistakes as well.

Osemele finds himself tied for the team lead in penalties with four, all of which have been committed in the past two games. He’s picked up three false starts and one illegal use of hands.

The most alarming issue with Osemele’s penalties is that in all but one occurrence, the penalty stalled a Ravens drive to the point where they were not able to score or even earn a first down after the penalty occurred.

Osemele and his coaches have reviewed the game film from Kansas City and will make appropriate adjustments as the team prepares to host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

On the other side, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware will look at the same film as well and try to exploit Osemele.

Look for the Ravens to utilize tight end Ed Dickson as an extra blocker as the team prepares to slow down Ware, who has still had tremendous success even when being double-teamed throughout his career.


This entry was posted in Blog View, Featured by Kris Jones. Bookmark the permalink.

About Kris Jones

Kris Jones
Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series...more

One Rave about “Rookie tackle Osemele struggling with consistency

  1. Hype MAN on said:

    KO needs to improve in a hurry, we still have 1 helluva schedule to go, We need JOE protected and the penalties to stop shooting our Offense in the foot. Bottom Line if we wanna Compete we need to get our ISH together QUICK on OFFENSE and DEFENSE cause we aint winning a SUPER BOWL playing like this. Its not gonna Happen no matter how much i want it to be and LOVE my RAVENS, We gotta step it up #GoRAVENS #BallSoHard

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Hot off the street

Offense Has Produced Early in Games Lately

It certainly isn't "Breaking News" that the Ravens offense has struggled at times when it comes to producing first quarter points but they've certainly improved over the past two weeks. When more

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: Serving up Snapper And Rice

Reality: Jimmy Smith is playing like a “Shut Down” Cornerback. Perception: Jimmy Smith might finally be living up to his draft status. Garret Downing of tweeted this: I more

Nickel Package: Bengals a Historically Tough Match-up

The last time these two teams met was in Week 1 in Baltimore. The Bengals made five field goals to start the game, and although the Ravens responded with a Steve Smith, Sr. touchdown, they only held more


Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Chris Canty (wrist); TE Owen Daniels (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee)   Cincinnati Bengals OUT: LB Rey more

Section 336 Episode 84 – Broken Mic (with FILMSTUDY)

This week Matt, Bert and Josh look at last week's win for the Baltimore Ravens against the Atlanta Falcons as well as look foward to this week's game against the Bengals. We have a special guest more

View More