OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Video has surfaced showing Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley walking along the beach.

Although it’s fairly calm, Stanley walks without a noticeable limp, which shows progress since his ankle injury.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta was confident Stanley would be fully healthy for the 2022 season after ankle surgery.

Stanley played in the regular season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders but never appeared in another game as he aggravated the injury.

This not only left a huge tackle gap, but also handicapped the Ravens in the free agent market due to Stanley’s salary, which stood at $10 million in salary cap space.

“It’s something I’ve thought about quite a bit, and it’s probably my mistake – I don’t want to use ‘assuming’, but expecting Ronnie [Stanley] would come back this year at full strength,” DeCosta said. “Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. There’s probably a lot of blame to be had; at the end of the day, I’m the guy who has to talk to the different doctors and coaches and make a decision and a determination in this position.

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“My understanding and my belief was that Ronnie would come back this year and play really good football for us, be healthy, be strong and be ready to go, and he wasn’t.”

Last year, the Ravens moved Alejandro Villanueva from right tackle to left side to replace Stanley, but he struggled a bit.

DeCosta hopes Stanley will be ready to reclaim his spot on the left side of the line.

“I’m optimistic,” he said. “I really believe that Ronnie is going to be back this year and play good football, play winning football and go back to being the Ronnie Stanley who was an All-Pro left tackle. If he can do that, it will be a huge, huge advantage. for us to move forward.

“Having said that, one of the things that’s probably going to be focused on this year is the offensive line, how can we improve and how can we improve.”