Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is set to make his starting debut Sunday. He has the good fortune of not having to block star Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews. Monroe appears to be in excellent shape and should be a major upgrade over Bryant McKinnie, who had another poor game against the Miami Dolphins. Monroe is younger, lighter and more athletic than the 34-year-old McKinnie, who has struggled since signing a two-year, $6.3 million contract in the spring. While his knowledge of the playbook could be an obstacle, Monroe should be able to wall off pass rushers and create more push for the running game. Better play from the left tackle position should help the NFL's 21st-ranked offense. "He's worked extremely hard," offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. "He's been grinding since he's stepped in the door. He's working, he's got a feel for things, and I think he's making really good progress."
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