Ravens rookie offensive tackle Roger Rosengarten making quick adjustment to NFL

OWINGS MILLS — Ravens offensive tackle Roger Rosengarten is reaping the benefits of playing at a big-time college program because it has prepared him for the rigors of the NFL.

The Ravens selected Rosengarten in the second round of this year’s draft from the University of Washington, and so far, he’s been a quick study at the pro level and is in the mix for a starting role.

Playing with the Huskies, who lost to Michigan in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, has helped Rosengarten adjust to the speed and physicality of the NFL.

Rosengarten will battle Daniel Faalele and Patrick Mekari to replace Morgan Moses, who was traded to the Jets. Mekari and Rosengarten can play on the left and right side, and that versatility adds to their value.

“I remember the last staff I was just with at school; everything was super nitpicky with the details when it came to practice, off-the-field stuff [and] weight room stuff, and everything translated the exact same as what I expected from coming into an organization like this,” Rosengarten said. “Not much has changed when it comes to that kind of stuff and the small details but, yes, it’s been great and a very smooth transition.”

At 6 feet 5, 310 pounds, Rosengarten has the size to make an impact this season. He was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Huskies. He protected the blind side of left-handed quarterback Michael Penix Jr., who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft.

Rosengarten did not allow a sack in his college career, according to Pro Football Focus.

Rosengarten is now eager to compete for a starting job in Baltimore and he will certainly get that chance to make an impact as a rookie. The coaches have lauded his preparation and work ethic.

“It’s a great opportunity, for sure. I don’t try to focus on the end goal too much, but every day, [I’m] grinding in and out. I just want to play hard and compete with the best of the best, so I just come [here] every day ready to work and keep stacking days,” he said.  

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