By Aaron Wilson
9:17 PM EDT, October 9, 2013
Now that Eugene Monroe has been on the roster for an entire week, the Ravens' new left offensive tackle declared he's prepared to start Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
All signs point toward Monroe's getting the start, although no status change has been announced. While Monroe lined up at left tackle with the offensive line Wednesday, Bryant McKinnie watched his replacement from the sideline.
“I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of what's going on,” Monroe said. “I'm ready to go. I'll start getting in there with the guys, building on a relationship on the line and be ready. It's been a grind: First one in the building, last one out. I'm doing everything it takes to be ready.”
Monroe was acquired through a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars for fourth- and fifth-round draft picks.
After starting the first four games of the season for the Jaguars, it bothered Monroe to not play during the Ravens' 26-23 win over the Miami Dolphins. He was held out because he had only practiced twice.
“It's hard sitting back and watching from the sideline,” Monroe said. “I don't want that happening again. There are no issues.”
Monroe spent Tuesday, typically a day off for NFL players, watching tape and has been studying the playbook around the clock.
“You try to bring him up to speed as fast as you can, help him out if he has questions,” guard Marshal Yanda said. “He's part of us now and he's going to be good for us. He's a smart guy, a mature guy. He handles his job like a pro and seems like he's a good guy.”
Monroe, 26, is eight years younger than McKinnie. Listed at 6 foot 5, 306 pounds, he is three inches shorter and nearly 60 pounds lighter than McKinnie.
“A lot of our stuff with scheme won't change, but [Monroe] does add another athletic component that I'm sure we've always wanted around here,” running back Ray Rice said. “That's not taking away from Bryant McKinnie's big athletic ability because as big as he is, the guy can move as well, but you're talking about two different style players.”
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