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After Ryan Jensen departed in free agency, the Ravens have an opening for the starting center job. Former undrafted product Matt Skura is the leading contender heading into OTAs.

This time last year, there were a lot of questions about who the Ravens’ starting center would ultimately become Devon Travis Jersey and rumblings that Baltimore should sign a veteran free agent.

Ryan Jensen stepped up, going from a multi-year backup to full-time starter to the highest-paid center in the league.

With Jensen’s free agency exit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Ravens are now back in a similar position with an opening in the middle of the offensive line. So who could be this year’s Jensen?

The leading candidate is Matt Skura, and he’s ready for his shot at the job with Organized Team Activities set to kick off next week.

“[Jensen] and I kind of had a similar story,” Skura said. “Hopefully I’m the guy they feel comfortable with moving into that position.”

Jensen was a sixth-round pick in 2013. He spent much of his second season on the practice squad and was a backup in 2015 and 2016. Jensen made nine starts because of injuries those two years before taking over full-time last offseason following Jeremy Zuttah’s release.

Skura went undrafted in 2016 and spent his first season on the Ravens practice squad. He was again placed on the practice squad at the end of training camp last year, but was called up to the 53-man roster before the Week 3 game in London.

The Ravens needed a new right guard after perennial Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda fractured his ankle. Skura figured he would be mostly used on special teams for his first game. Instead, he was thrust into Yanda’s starting spot.

“It happened really fast and there wasn’t much time to process, but sometimes being thrown into the fire is the best way to do it,” Skura said.

Skura was a four-year starter at Duke, including three at center. Still, he adapted to the position Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey  switch, battled through a knee injury and ended up starting 12 games. Overall, the offensive line still held strong despite its best player’s absence. According to Pro Football Focus, Skura gave up just one sack all season.

“I knew I just had to be me. I couldn’t try to be Marshal,” Skura said.

Now Skura is faced with trying to replace another strong player in Jensen, Dalton Pompey Jersey who gained a lot of fans in Baltimore not only with his strong play, but his physical demeanor.

Once again, Skura can only be himself. He prides himself on his film study, which he says slows the game down because he picks up on defensive linemen’s tendencies and how to identify blitzing linebackers. He’s technically sound and has good size at 6-foot-3, 315 pounds (he’s added bulk).

Still, there’s a part to Jensen’s game that Skura wants to add.

“I wouldn’t say I’m the first person to be in a fight like Jensen was,” Skura said with a chuckle. “But seeing the way he played made me want to play like that as well – having that nastier mentality and finishing blocks downfield. It does intimidate people and a lot of guys really aren’t prepared to play like that from the first snap to the end of the game.”

Skura said the transition from guard back to center is like riding a bike. And now with a fair amount of game experience under his belt, he has a better understanding of NFL speed, schemes and the jobs of the blockers around  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 54 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey him.

The Ravens’ only other centers on the roster are sixth-round pick Bradley Bozeman (Alabama) and undrafted rookie Alex Thompson. Alex Lewis could be an option, but Head Coach John Harbaugh said he would prefer to use him at guard next to Ron Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey nie Stanley.

“It’s a really good opportunity for me to showcase to the coaches that I can be that leader on the offensive line and make the calls to direct guys where to go,” Skura said. “I think that’s the biggest thing for me.”

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Cornerback Tavon Young had a spectacular rookie season, but suffered a torn ACL in last year’s Organized Team Activities. Now, almost a year later, he’s itching to return to the field.

It’s flown under the radar, but one of the Ravens’ most talented cornerbacks is set to return to the field.

Tavon Young has recovered from his torn ACL and expects to participate in Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey Ravens Organized Team Activities (OTAs), which kick off next week.

“I feel like I’m back – back to normal,” Young said. “We’ll see, but I think I’m going to go full-go.”

It was about a year ago (June 1) when Young went down in OTAs with a torn ACL. There was hardly any contact. He just crumpled to the turn while attempting an interception.

It was a freak accident to a player who had never suffered a major injury. He had never missed a full season. What made it even more difficult was that Dalton Pompey Jersey Young was coming off such a strong rookie campaign.

Young was one of the Ravens’ biggest surprises of 2016. The fourth-round rookie started 11 games, made 53 tackles, broke up eight passes and snagged two interceptions. The 5-foot-9 Temple product showed off his scrappy play, athleticism and ball skills.

Heading into his second season, Young was going to get a chance to blossom in the corner slot position, which is where he always projected to be best suited.

“That was the tough part. I was trying to come back and have a strong year, but I had the injury that put me down for a little bit,” Young said. “It was a little rough at the beginning, but with time, as my knee was feeling better, I  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey was just like, ‘It’s a part of the game.’”

Young missed the Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey  entire season as the Ravens plugged veteran Lardarius Webb, Maurice Canady and Jaylen Hill into the slot and used a rotation of Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey as the top three outside cornerbacks.

Now the Ravens are still in need of a true slot cornerback, and adding Young back into the rotation would make a strong position group even stronger. The Ravens still have Smith, Humphrey, Carr and Canady as returning key cornerbacks, and added fourth-round Alabama rookie Anthony Averett.

“I’m just glad to be back with my teammates,” Young said. “I’m here to compete and have fun, help us win games.”

Young said he could run again in December, but was glad he didn’t have to rush back to the field. With a full year to recover and rehab, he’s rebuilt his strength. He’s been at the Under Armour Performance Center through the entire process, and has already participated in on-field work this offseason.

Young said several of the Ravens veterans helped him get over the injury. One case in recent history has some similarities.

In 2009, Lardarius Webb was having a standout rookie season but tore his ACL in late December. He returned in Week 2 the following year, then assumed a full-time starting role in his third season. Webb rebounded to become a top-flight cornerback and was re-signed to a long-term deal.

“I’m even hungrier to be Devon Travis jersey great,” Young said. “I’m happy; it feels like a gift. I’m thankful because I get to play again.”