After a decent outing in his first career start at right guard, Ravens rookie Jermaine Eluemunor regressed in Sunday’s 24-16 loss at the Minnesota Vikings. But rather than make excuses, the fifth-round pick in April’s NFL draft owned up to his performance.
“This is just showing me what I need to work on more, what I have to improve on, and what I have to work on,” he said after Monday’s practice. “I have to work on my hands and work on my sets. So it’s up to me to see what I can work on.”
In a 27-24 overtime defeat to the Chicago Bears on Oct. 15, Eluemunor was beaten by defensive tackle Akiem Hicks for a sack but otherwise fared well. But on Sunday, Eluemunor could not prevent defensive tackle Tom Johnson from taking down quarterback Joe Flacco for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter and was flagged twice for false starts on the offense’s final possession.
“I had my errors that I can improve on,” he said. “It’s games like that you can always improve on. So I need to play better.”
The return of Matt Skura (sprained right knee) to practice on Monday and Tuesday might send Eluemunor back to the sideline as a top reserve. But if Skura is unable to play, Eluemunor could face Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has helped anchor the No. 5 run defense in the league and the No. 10 defense overall, in terms of yards allowed per game.
“He’s a really good player,” Eluemunor said of Suh, who has 18 tackles and 2½ sacks so far. “I’ve been watching him ever since I got into football, and he’s been in the NFL for some years now. So it’s going to be real fun.”