LT Monroe no longer feels like newcomer

LT Monroe no longer feels like newcomer
October 31, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Ravens still face major questions on offense

(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

Left tackle Eugene Monroe has an important job, protecting Joe Flacco’s blindside. So important that before he was traded to the Ravens, Monroe said he suspected that the Ravens’ front office ran the idea past Flacco.

“I’m sure they may have told him about the change,” Monroe said in the locker room Wednesday. “If I was in charge of a team, and I had a $100 million quarterback, I’d let him know what was going on.”

Monroe allowed a sack in his Ravens’ debut against the Packers, but he had a solid game against the Steelers. The bye week gave Monroe even more time to settle in and digest the playbook. Two games into his Ravens’ career, Monroe no longer considers himself in transition.

“I’ve been comfortable for a couple of weeks now, feeling like everything’s normal, Monroe said. “The first week or two was challenging, just to get acclimated to everything. But I’m here now, part of the team. Had a bye week to re-set. Me being relatively new is a non-issue now.”

If Monroe can keep edge rushers away from Flacco’s blindside, it will improve Flacco’s chances of playing better down the stretch. Monroe is younger and more agile than Bryant McKinnie, who was traded to the Dolphins. Without comparing the two, Flacco said he had faith in Monroe.

“I’ve trusted him to do his job,” Flacco said. “I think he’s doing a great job. I think our linemen, K. O.  (Kelechi Osemele) especially – will get used to playing with each other over there and things will get better and better.”

Monroe is thrilled to be in Baltimore, even with the Ravens (3-4) characteristically below .500. Monroe’s former team, the Jaguars, is still winless (0-8).

“It’s exciting to have that change so dramatically, coming to place that’s accustomed to winning all the time,” Monroe said. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity.”

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