Ravens making key lineup adjustment after loss to Patriots
The Baltimore Ravens were stopped in their tracks when they were dealt with an unexpected 23-17 defeat by the New England Patriots. Poor shotgun snaps from center Matt Skura derailed the Ravens from really getting their rhythm going on offense.
With hopes of bouncing back from the loss, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is making a key change on the trenches ahead of Week 11 action. As per NFL’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, their sources say that center Matt Skura will be benched while sophomore lineman Patrick Mekari will be slotted in as the starter for the Ravens.
The former Duke product in Skura previously came off a serious knee injury which prematurely ended his 2019 campaign. It could also be a primary reason for his struggles as of late.
On the other hand, the former undrafted player in Mekari has worked his way to land a roster spot in the Ravens roster last season. He was the same player who was eased in the starting position when Skura suffered his season-ending injury last season. Harbaugh is hoping to get good reps from him and expect him to deliver as a starter for the team in Week 11.
The loss in Foxborough last week eventually dropped the Ravens to a 6-3 record, tying the Cleveland Browns with the same win-loss tally. However, a previous win against a division rival gives them an advantage over the Browns and lifted them to have possession of the second seed in the AFC North division.
A Week 11 tiff against the Tennessee Titans will prove to be pivotal for the Ravens and its outcome will decide whether or not the key roster change will ultimately pay dividends for Harbaugh and his team.