What are the expectations for left tackle Eugene Monroe in his first start with the Ravens?

Eugene Monroe will make his first start as a Raven on Sunday against Green Bay. - Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

With less than three hours until kickoff, what are the expectations for Eugene Monroe in his first start with Baltimore?

Two weeks ago, the Ravens sent shocked the NFL a bit by trading for left tackle Eugene Monroe.

Unable to play a week ago as he got up to speed with the Ravens' offensive playbook, Monroe will make his first start Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Given he's replacing Bryant McKinnie in the lineup, the expectations may not be set that high for him.

McKinnie was having a poor season up until this point. You'd be hard pressed to find someone that didn't think getting Monroe in there is a definite upgrade.

That said, what are realistic expectations for Monroe this Sunday? Will there be room to make mistakes on the field as he adjusts to the new offense or will he wind up feeling some pressure to help fix what's been a bad start to the line's season?

"He’s worked extremely hard," offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell told reporters on Thursday. "He’s been grinding since he’s stepped in the door. He’s working, he’s got a feel for things, and I think he’s making really good progress."


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