Monroe practices, hopes to pick up system quickly

Monroe practices, hopes to pick up system quickly
October 3, 2013, 3:15 pm
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New Raven Eugene Monroe: "Physically, definitely ready."


New Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe went through his first practice with the team Thursday.

It remained uncertain if Monroe could pick up the Ravens’ system quickly enough to start or play Sunday against the Dolphins. However, Monroe did not rule out playing this weekend, after being acquired in a trade that was agreed upon in principle Tuesday night.

“Physically, (I am) definitely ready,” Monroe said. “I’ve been playing every week. Totally healthy. We’ll just see what happens. “It just depends on how you learn, and how much different from what you’ve done in the past. I’m just working to make this change happen as quick as possible so I can fit right in.”

Only 26 years old, Monroe is in the final year of his contract, but looks to be the Ravens’ left tackle for the long haul. He welcomed the idea of signing a multiyear deal with the team.

“It doesn’t look like they brought me here the way they did, to not have me here for long term,” Monroe said. “Again, I have to do my thing on the field, prove that I deserve this opportunity, which I’m fully confident that I will.”

Monroe said the trade surprised him, after receiving word from his agent. “I was sitting at home on my iPad reviewing film, getting ready for St. Louis,” Monroe said. “My agent calls me like, `I need you to sit down, I’ve got to talk to you about something.’ I was like, ‘You got to be kidding me.’ It happened quick.

“It’s an exciting change for me. Definitely glad to be here. Glad that I was sought out. Definitely appreciative of that. To come into a situation like this, a culture of winning, is unique. It’s something I haven’t really been around. Excited to experience it.”

Monroe was expendable because the winless Jaguars need draft picks, and they took another left tackle, Luke Joeckel, with the second pick in this year’s draft. Joeckel had been playing right tackle this season, but was moved back to left tackle this week after Monroe was traded.

“He (Joeckel) did a great job of coming in playing the right side, no questions asked, working to get better,” Monroe said. “I have all the respect in the world for Luke Joeckel. He’ll do great down there.’’

Monroe hopes to do the same with the Ravens.