Still massive at roughly 370 pounds, Bryant McKinnie said he's working hard to reach his usual playing weight.
"I play at like 355, not 335," the Baltimore Ravens' new left tackle said Saturday. "I haven't been that since college, my junior year."
Cut by the Minnesota Vikings after reporting to training camp at 387 pounds, McKinnie signed a two-year contract with the Ravens last week and is eager to start the next phase of his NFL career. He's probably also eager to earn the $300,000 weight bonus that the Carroll County Times reported is included in his $7.5 million deal.
"I have a lot of motivation," said McKinnie, whom the newspaper said would be paid in $75,000 increments if he makes weight at four separate weigh-ins. "So you are definitely going to see a lot of pancake (blocks) this year."
Oher took the change in stride.
"I just like playing football," he said. "I am going to work hard at any position that I'm at. I'm going to work hard and be the best player that I can be at any position. We are going to be a great team with him, and that's exactly what we needed."
If McKinnie can regain his Pro Bowl form from two years ago and Oher is solid on the right side, a patchwork offensive line potentially could become a formidable group.
"He is a pro, he will be ready to go," Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller said of McKinnie. "He is a great player. He is plenty bright enough. He just comes from a little bit of a different system, so the terminology and stuff will take a little bit of time. He will be ready to roll."
Asked what Ravens fans can expect from him, McKinnie replied: "A dominant player that is trying to be the best at his position."
McKinnie has had off-the-field issues in the past, including his involvement in the infamous "Love Boat" scandal while he was with the Vikings several years ago. He downplayed any perception of that character issues would be a factor in Baltimore.
"I am actually more quiet and laid back than people think," McKinnie said. "It's just little things here and there that used to pop up in my past. It's nothing like that I see happening anymore. I was kind of in my younger days anyway."
Notes:Ravens WR Lee Evans didn't practice Saturday and has a walking boot on his left foot, but is wearing it as a precaution, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora. The team expects Evans to return to practice soon. Evans missed time last season with the Buffalo Bills with a left ankle injury. ... Six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk returned to practice for the first time since undergoing knee surgery at the start of camp. "He has stayed on top of his game," Moeller said. "Just see how it feels and how his knee progresses."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.