The Ravens had a huge void to fill at right guard after Marshal Yanda decided to retire after 13 seasons and eight Pro Bowl appearances.
The battle for that starting job was one of the most competitive throughout training camp.
In the end, Tyre Phillips, a rookie third-round pick from Mississippi State, earned the nod over veteran D.J. Fluker. Phillips performed admirably well in the seaon-opener against the Browns despite dealing with an ankle injury earlier in the week.
“There are so many little things [and] so many young guys to talk about,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “To start on the offensive line as a rookie at a position that you didn’t play in college – he was a left tackle and he’s starting at right guard – it’s pretty remarkable. He has a long way to go. He can improve so much, but I look at that as a real positive. He’s only going to get better, because he’s really smart and he’s really a detail-oriented person.”
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