The offensive line talk was of Levi Brown moving to the left side and the signing of Alan Faneca and even the absence of Deuce Lutui. So quietly, Brandon Keith slid into the starting right tackle role at minicamp, trying it on after sitting for his first two NFL seasons. The Northern Iowa product patiently waited for a chance and now, it is here.
“You’ve got to have a plan,” Keith said. “A lot of guys come in (and think), ‘I’m so used to starting’ and then you’re not a starter and everything goes down in the dumps. I always set myself up with a plan. My first year was trying to make the team, the second year was doing what I could to make the team better. Now I want to be a starter and I am in that position. I’m not really blown away by it yet. I am excited.”
Keith played guard all last season, making the transition a bit more difficult. But the whole line is in transition — only center Lyle Sendlein remains constant from last year’s first unit. Brown moved, Reggie Wells moved from left to right guard, and Faneca joined. And then there’s Keith.
“I am a natural tackle but I ain’t going to lie, after playing guard those first pass sets had me kicking and turning every which way,” Keith said with a grin. “But we did some work on that and I am back into the rhythm now.”
Tags: Alan Faneca, Brandon Keith, Deuce Lutui, Levi Brown, Lyle Sendlein, Reggie Wells
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