Will Monroe start right away at LT?
Before very long, Eugene Monroe is likely to be the Ravens’ starting left tackle. It may not happen Sunday against the Dolphins. But expect it to happen soon.
“Obviously we’re bringing Eugene in to play,’” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh, discussing the trade that brings Monroe from the Jaguars to the Ravens, in exchange for multiple third-day draft picks.
Asked what Monroe's best position was, Harbaugh said, "Left tackle, certainly."
Exact details of the trade were still being worked out Wednesday, and Monroe was not at practice. Asked if there was any chance Monroe would play Sunday, Harbaugh said, “I don’t know. Once we get him here, we’ll try to figure that out.”
However, Bryant McKinnie’s job as the starting left tackle was clearly in jeopardy. McKinnie was not in the locker room Wednesday while it was open to the media, but he was on the practice field. Meanwhile, others on the offensive line admitted they were surprised by the trade, but supported the move. The Ravens (2-2) have had an anemic running attack, and acquiring a quality left tackle could help the entire offense.
“That’s Ozzie’s call,” said guard Marshal Yanda, referring to general manager Ozzie Newsome. “The guys upstairs, they’re making the moves for what’s best for the Ravens. I’m behind that. If they’re bringing him, I’m behind it.
“In the NFL, every day is a new day and things happen fast. Guys’ jobs are lost and won every day, guys are traded. It’s a high-performance business.”
Starting right tackle Michael Oher is friends with Monroe. They were both first-round picks in the 2009 draft, with Monroe going No. 8 to the Jaguars, and Oher going No. 23 to the Ravens.
“A good guy, been doing well since he’s been in the league,” Oher said of Monroe. “We talk all the time. Get advice from him, he asks me things. Strong, athletic, can move. He’s a very hard worker, works hard in the offseason.”
Oher did not think it would take Monroe long to be ready to play for the Ravens.
“You got power plays, inside zone, outside zone, pass,” Oher said. “It’s all football for a lineman. It shouldn’t take him too long to get acclimated.”
Once he gets acclimated, expect to see Monroe in the lineup.