In the NFL, pressure is inevitable. For the next 10 days CSNBaltimore.com is ranking the top 10 Ravens who are under pressure heading into training camp. Check back daily to see who is next in our countdown.
Why the pressure is on:
The Ravens signed tackle Eugene Monroe to a five-year, $37.5 million deal before the 2014 season, but then he missed five regular-season games with injuries and was replaced by undrafted rookie James Hurst. Monroe also missed one playoff game and was limited to brief special teams duty in the other. Monroe's cap number of $7.7 million is the fourth-highest on the team, but he was among the lowest-rated left tackles in the league according to Pro Football Focus. CBS Sports columnist Pete Prisco declared Monroe the Ravens' most overrated player.
What Monroe needs to do:
First, he needs to stay on the field. Before last season, he had never missed more than one game in his five-year career, but then a knee injury and later an ankle injury derailed his season. Most important, he needs to protect Joe Flacco's blind side. Monroe (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) said during the team's minicamp that his health is excellent and that he feels lighter on his feet. He'll need quick feet to combat the edge rushers he'll see on a weekly basis. Monroe also needs to avoid penalties; even though he missed five games, Monroe led all Ravens offensive players with nine penalties last year. The Ravens offensive line, which returns intact, should be a strength of the team. A healthy, effective Monroe would go a long way.
The Rest of the List:
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