Somewhat lost among the Jaguars struggling offensive line this season has been the emergence of left tackle Eugene Monroe as an elite pass blocker.
Following Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, ProFootballFocus.com had this to say about Monroe’s performance so far this season:
“Monroe was once again solid in pass protection, surrendering just one pressure all game. He is now the sixth best in the NFL for pass blocking efficiency at 96.6%. As usual, Monroe didn’t make much of an impact in the running game, but didn’t make any mistakes either and he at least remained penalty-free for the third game in a row. Monroe has been much more consistent so far this season and currently has the highest overall rating of any Jacksonville offensive player.”
Monroe has been lumped in with the rest of the Jaguars offensive line for their issues so far this season, but he has not been part of the problem. He is starting to show why he was valued by Jaguars general manager Gene Smith as a top-10 draft pick in 2009.
Unfortunately for Blaine Gabbert, Monroe cannot block everybody that rushes the quarterback.