Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher has moved positions in each of his first three seasons in the NFL.
Oher, 25, was selected with the team’s first-round draft choice in 2009 out of Mississippi, where he played left tackle. However, in his rookie season he played right tackle, but when the Jared Gaither saga began in Oher’s second-year, the Ravens moved him to left tackle.
After starting all 16 regular-season games at the blind side in 2010, Oher shifted back over to right tackle this past season when Bryant McKinnie was signed.
“It doesn’t matter as long as we’re winning games and getting to championships,” said Oher, in an appearance on “The Norris & Davis Show” on 105.7 The Fan last week.
However, Oher explained that it is difficult to move from position to position and said it would be helpful if he didn’t have to learn (or relearn) another position.
“It’s not easy to do at all,” said Oher, who considers himself a right tackle. “It takes time to get used to. So this offseason I can work at it a little bit more. If I can play one position, that would be great.”
McKinnie has one year remaining on the two-year deal he signed prior to the start of the 2011 season. If McKinnie, who is scheduled to make $3.2 million next season, is back with the Ravens, Oher would most likely remain at right tackle, where he started every game in 2009 and 2011.