Ronnie Stanley was a first-team All-Pro in 2019, thought of the most effective left sort out within the NFL.

That’s the stature that Stanley needs again. And for the primary time in years, Stanley feels wholesome sufficient to be that man, nearly as good as he is felt for the reason that begin of the 2020 season.

“There’s zero doubt in my head that if I’m enjoying the best way I often play, to my normal, I’m the most effective sort out,” Stanley mentioned Tuesday following the primary day of obligatory minicamp.

It’s been a protracted street for Stanley since 2020, when he fractured his ankle in Week 7 simply days after signing a contract that made him the league’s highest-paid sort out on the time. The damage ended Stanley’s 2020 season, and he performed only one sport in 2021 earlier than electing to have extra surgical procedure on the identical ankle.

Stanley returned to play 11 video games in 2022 and 13 video games in 2023, however a knee damage suffered early final season restricted his power and mobility. He merely wasn’t wholesome sufficient to dominate like he as soon as did, and that truth took a toll each bodily and mentally.

“It was killing me on the within, figuring out that I wasn’t enjoying to my potential,” Stanley mentioned. “But I’m transferring on from final yr.”

Stanley devoted this offseason to getting stronger and more healthy and the outcomes have been spectacular. He has been a continuing presence for the reason that starting of OTAs, trying lean, robust, and decided. The pads have not come on but, however it’s apparent Stanley is in a greater place bodily.

He confirmed that he agreed to restructure his contract in March, paving the best way for him to return to Baltimore for his ninth season, a spot the place the sixth-[add]total choose in 2016 all the time beloved to play.

“Baltimore is sort of a second house to me,” Stanley mentioned. “Missing a number of time … I’d most likely have some remorse leaving Baltimore not on the observe that I need to depart it on.

“I simply take each season as if it will be my final.”