Eugene Monroe is officially a member of the Ravens, which means the big question is when he’ll make his debut at left tackle.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh left the door open for Monroe to play on Sunday when the Ravens take on the Dolphins, saying that Monroe has been working diligently to pick up the offense as quickly as possible. Harbaugh said that things still need to be sorted out, but that Monroe’s own opinion of his readiness will factor heavily into the team’s ultimate decision.
“The good thing is he knows what it’s like to play,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “If he gives us feedback and he says he’s comfortable and he can go, I would think we’d be very confident that he knows what he’s talking about.”
If Monroe does play on Sunday, there’s a good chance that he’d work in a time share with Bryant McKinnie to get him time in the offense without sacrificing anything from the playbook that Monroe might not be ready to run. Getting that experience now would speed up the time it would take for Monroe to hold the job on his own and for the Ravens to start seeing a return on what they spent to bring him to Baltimore.