The Baltimore Ravens once again showed why they are amongst the elite organizations in the NFL. When they see a problem, they try and fix it. That’s exactly what happened when the Ravens agreed to acquire left tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars as the Jaguars get a fourth and a fifth round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft according to Jason LaCanfora of CBSsports.
This move for Monroe is amazing if everything goes through as Aaron Wilson of the Baltimoresun notes on twitter that Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh says that the deal will be finalized later today or tomorrow due to contract work needing to get done. To potentially have a top 10 left tackle in the NFL who is 26 years old and not have to search for a future left tackle in the draft will do wonders for their future. They can now focus their attention on other areas.
If you are the Ravens, you have your Super Bowl MVP quarterback in Joe Flacco, a franchise running back in Ray Rice, and now a future left tackle in Monroe pending his physical. Not to mention you have solid front-seven on your defense with Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil as pass-rushers and the anchor in the middle at nose tackle in Haloti Ngata. Talk about a foundation.
The move to trade for Monroe is due to the offensive line for the Ravens being as pathetic as they can be through the first-four games of the regular season where the running game has rushed for an average of 64 yards a game, and Flacco has been sacked 12 times so far. Harbaugh voiced his displeasure about the offensive line earlier this week, and the Ravens’ front office put things into motion after that.
“I think the whole O-line is disappointing right now,” Harbaugh noted via Baltimoresun. “We’ve got to run block better, we’ve got to pass block better. We felt like we were making strides, especially with pass blocking. But we really didn’t do as good of a job in this game. We had too many mental mistakes — too many things that are basic protection rules that we understand and we should know.”
If Monroe is able to pass his physical, you have to wonder what the offensive line will look like. Obviously Monroe will be the starter at left tackle, but where does that leave Bryant McKinnie? Does he move to right tackle or on the bench? Probably. Will right guard Marshal Yanda by any chance move to center replacing Gino Gradkowski who is struggling?
One thing is for sure, and that is the fact that someone is going to moved off the 53-man roster to bring Monroe in. It will be interesting to see who the victim will be.
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