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Update: Ravens host workouts for ten offensive linemen The Ravens offensive line was a potential concern entering the season Terrell Suggs Jersey , and the unitís performance in Week 2 demonstrated why. The line was thoroughly dominated throughout much of Thursday nightís match up against the Cincinnati Bengals. Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and others wreaked havoc all game long. The Bengals totaled four sacks and eight quarterback hits. Joe Flacco had little time to throw or operate in the pocket, and it showed in his poor performance. The offensive line also struggled to open up holes in the running game. Baltimore combined for just 66 rushing yards on 22 attempts, good for an average of 3.0 YPC. Essentially, all five lineman struggled against the Bengals. Ronnie Stanley and James Hurst were beaten outside on numerous occasions, and Matt Skura was manhandled inside all night.Even Marshall Yanda had a sub par showing. For the first time since 2016, Yanda gave up multiple pressures in a game. Yanda allowed one hit and two hurries, as Geno Atkins proved to be a difficult match up. Things will not get any easier in the coming weeks. The Ravens face several stout defensive fronts in Denver, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Von Miller, Bradley Chubb and Myles Garrett are premier, talented pass-rushers. It appears the Ravens may be looking to shake things up along the offensive line, specifically at the guard and center positions. Wesley Johnson, a former fifth-round pick in 2014 by the Steelers, spent the past three seasons with the New York Jets. He started eight games in 2016 and 15 games in 2017. Johnson joined the Lions this offseason, but was released in the preseason. Grasu was selected in the third-round of the 2015 draft by the Chicago Bears. After starting eight games his rookie season, Grasu tore his ACL and missed the entire 2016 season.He came back in 2017, but played in just six games and started in four. Grasu was released by the Bears several weeks ago. Jordan Morgan was also cut by Chicago and is the least experienced out of the three. After being drafted in the fifth-round of the 2017 draft, Morgan was placed on injured reserve and missed his entire rookie season. Johnson and Grasu both recently worked out with the Minnesota Vikings Authentic Ronnie Stanley Jersey , but neither were signed to a deal. Both primarily play the center position, while Morgan is a guard. It remains to be seen if the Ravens are looking to alter up the starting lineup or merely boost the depth along the offensive line. John Harbaugh and company clearly recognize, however, that the group needs to be re-tooled.Update:According to ESPNís Jamison Hensley, Baltimore hosted ten offensive linemen for workouts, including the three mentioned by Ian Rapoport. By the time the Baltimore Ravens play another game, they'll have gone five weeks without a victory.After enduring nine straight weeks of football to get this far, the weary, aching Ravens will gladly take a week off before attempting to end a three-game losing streak.Baltimore (4-5) will use the time off to rest, regroup and assess what went wrong during an inexplicable skid following a 4-2 start."We'll look at everything, as we always do during the bye week," coach John Harbaugh said after Sunday's 23-16 loss to Pittsburgh. "I think the biggest thing we need to do is get healthy and get fresh."Getting back starting tackles Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and James Hurst (back) will certainly help an offense that started the season going 12 for 12 in converting red zone opportunities into touchdowns over the first three games. Lately, though, those chances inside the 20 have resulted in field goals.Twice in the first half, the Ravens drove deep into Pittsburgh territory and had to settle for field goals."It's frustrating because in these types of games, you don't get that many plays and that many opportunities, and obviously, scoring touchdowns is the name of the game Youth Joe Flacco Jersey ," quarterback Joe Flacco said.In the first half, Pittsburgh scored two touchdowns and the Ravens got two field goals. That put Baltimore in a hole from which it could not recover."It helps if you can run it in," Harbaugh said.The Ravens have yet to get their running game on track. On Sunday, they finished with 61 yards rushing ó including two attempts for 4 yards after halftime."I think we can turn it around," wide receiver John Brown said. Brown was Flacco's go-to guy early in the season, but his effectiveness has been negated by frequent double teams."Things happen. We have to find a way to get it right," Brown said.But a struggling offense is only one of Baltimore's issues.The NFL's most dominant defense has suddenly become vulnerable to the pass, particularly the underneath routes that elongate drives and turn short throws into big gainers."They kept us on the field for a lot of long drives, just grinding us down," defensive end Brent Urban said. "You can't win like that."Since blanking the Titans 21-0 in Week 6, the Ravens have yielded 82 points in three defeats. Sixty-seven of those points came in a stretch of six periods through halftime of Sunday's loss."That's not up to our defensive standard," defensive back Anthony Levine said. "We know what our standard is, and that isn't it."With the Ravens struggling at the bye and in danger of missing the postseason for the fourth year in a row, it's only natural that Harbaugh would start fielding questions about job security. He said Sunday he wasn't concerned with being fired."I've never been someone who's worried about keeping a job," he said. "It's always been, for me, (about) doing the job."



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