Osemele: Of the moves in the offensive line shuffle, moving an occasionally-brilliant RT to LG was the most concerning. After 1 game against what was admittedly pedestrian competition, itís clear the tools are there for KO to have an outstanding career. He thoroughly dominated his matchups inside and moved the DTs with solo blocks on a number of occasions. Here is the list of run blocks where I donít think my system is fully valuing his effort:
(Q1, 12:05) Drove Lawrence Guy to the inside to create the hole for Riceís 4-yard run
(Q1, 11:34) Moved to L2 and blocked Angerer
(Q1, 11:02) Maintained a L2 block on Angerer for 2-3 seconds on Riceís fumble
(Q1, 3:41) Maintained a play-long block on Antonio Johnson that pushed him several yards away from Riceís run left
(Q1, 0:14) Drove back Guy several yards as Pierce ran left for 6 yards
(Q2, 15;00) Drove back Guy 4 yards where he eventually got partial tackle credit on Pierceís 5-yard conversion
(Q2, 13:49) Drove Guy 3 yards back before slipping off. Guy maintained his feet and took down Pierce for a gain of 5.
(Q2, 12:30) Dropped NT Tevaseu with an outstanding cut block on Pierceís 18-yard run right
(Q2, 2:18) Pinned Matthews for McKinnie then moved to L2 and cut down Fokou on Riceís run right
(Q2, 0:55) Pancaked Tevaseu inside. Combined with McKinnieís pancake of Guy, this left Leach with some uncluttered space to overpower Angerer at the goal line for the Ravensí first TD.
(Q3, 0:44) Pushed across the formation with a L2 block on Freeman on Rice run right
(Q4, 14:27) Kicked out Guy 6-8 yards to clear space for Riceís 18-yard run which would end with a fumble.
(Q4, 9:59) Drove Guy several yards on Rice run left for no gain.
(Q4, 2:10) Drove Freeman almost to the left sideline before shoving him hard at the whistle
(Q4, 2:03) Pancaked Angerer in L2
Those are 15 of the Ravens 29 running plays. The Ravens had remarkably limited success running to his side, but that wasnít a function of him. As a pass blocker, Osemele shared a QH by Matthews when he was beaten outside. On that play, Bethea had a free run from the ORS that forced Flacco to absorb the hit from Matthews. He registered 10 level 2 blocks and 4 pancakes. Scoring: 53 snaps, 50 blocks, 2 missed, 1/2 QH, 48.5 points (.92 per play). That would be an A without adjustment, but this is a case where he deserved a significant positive upgrade for run-blocking quality. A+, which is only the 2nd I have assigned this season (Yanda, week 4 vs. Cleveland).
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