Throughout his career, Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has been criticized for not being able to keep his weight down, and that’s what led to underachieving years and chronic issues with the Minnesota Vikings. As a veteran, McKinnie has kept his weight down better and does a better of keeping himself in shape through focus.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has taken notice of the fact that McKinnie is more serious about his work ethic, and he took the time to praise McKinnie in this Baltimore Sun article, “Bryant did a really good job. He moved really well in this camp, as well as he moved at the end of the year last year when he started practicing so well and playing so well.
“He looks healthy, and he will continue to work on his conditioning. He seems to be very committed. Love the way he’s playing and his effort.”
McKinnie’s two-year deal worth $7 million kept him with the reigning Super Bowl champions, and the solid deal also came with a weight clause to keep the 33-year-old on track. McKinnie chose the Ravens over contract offers from the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins, and he is locked in as a solid left tackle for Joe Flacco. Down the stretch and in the playoffs, McKinnie was a key player for the Baltimore Ravens on the offensive line, and the Ravens did well to keep him on the squad. Without him, this offensive line would have looked a lot less certain at the tackle spots, but Flacco’s blindside is in pretty good hands with McKinnie in the fold and focused.