Ravens lineman Ramon Harewood coming off solid preseason game

Pulling to his right from the left guard position, Ravens offensive lineman Ramon Harewood rocked Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Jonathan Casillas with a block that snapped Casillas' head back.

Casillas was effectively jolted out of the way, creating a large pathway for running back Bernard Pierce to bounce out to the sideline and scoot into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown run during the Ravens' 44-16 preseason victory Thursday night over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It was a key block for Harewood, a former sixth-round draft pick from Morehouse who missed time earlier in training camp with swelling in his knee.

After starting four games last season before being replaced in the lineup, Harewood is in a reserve role this season behind left guard Kelechi Osemele and Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda.

"I think I did pretty good," said Harewood, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound Barbados native. "Obviously, it was the first game. They say you get your best improvement from the first game to the second game.

"Overall as a group, we did some good things, but we still have some things to work on. We're competitive and everybody is trying to get better."

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