Shipley will compete with second-year player
"He's got probably the edge," he said. "But if we bring in somebody to compete with him, if it works out that way, that'd be great."
Assistant general manager
It shouldn’t be too surprising, though, as the Ravens have brought in a veteran interior lineman in each of the past two offseasons. It was
A seventh-round pick of the
Pro Football Focus gave Shipley, who can also play guard, positive grades in both run and pass blocking and credited him with five quarterback pressures and no sacks allowed on 284 passing plays.
This shouldn't be perceived as a sign that the team lacks confidence in Gradkowski, who was drafted out of small-school Delaware in the fourth round of last year's draft. They are likely giving up a late-round pick two years from now just to add Shipley, an NFL journeyman so far, to the mix.
Besides, Gradkowski was already aware that despite being Birk's lone backup in 2012, he would have to fight for a starting job.
"I know I'll have to earn this spot because nothing is ever just handed to you," he told my colleague Aaron Wilson earlier this year.