Today, LT Jared Gaither made his first voluntary workout appearance of this season.
After Coach Harabaugh called him out for not showing up to the first two weeks of workouts, Gaither promised to appear today. Gaither fulfilled his promise and told BaltimoreRavens.com, “It’s great to be back. Now, my goal is to get stronger and guard against any injuries throughout the offseason and next season. I’m just going to continue to work hard with my teammates.”
It’s definitely good news to see the tallest NFL player in the league returning back home. Did you know that about 2 years ago, Gaither wasn’t the only tallest player? He shared that title with fellow teammate Jonathon Ogden, who is now a Hall of Famer. Besides both players being born in the Maryland area, both players also share the same physical qualities: 6 feet 9 inches in height and around 340 pounds in weight.
Gaither also told media “I’m a Raven and I want to always be a Raven.” Well, considering how Ogden spent his entire 12 season career in Baltimore, Gaither’s wishes might come true. Although it’s too early to say whether or not Gaither will become the new “Jonathon Ogden,” I can say for sure that Gaither has become a valuable player for the Ravens.
And let us not forget the potential in Michael Oher. Should he start left tackle next season? There is a big debate on whether Gaither or Oher should take on that position. The coaches will have a lot to think about this offseason. I’m just glad the Ravens only have to worry about which of their two awesome tackles will start at the left, given that a number of teams don’t even have one good tackle on their roster.