OTTAWA - The mountain of a man who will most likely be responsible for protecting quarterback Henry Burris' blindside honed his skills practising against J.J. Watt, who was named the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 for recording 20.5 sacks and deflecting 16 passes.
His plan now is to use what he learned as a member of the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles the last two seasons in games as the RedBlacks starting left tackle.
"I got to go against some of the best in the NFL," said Nate Menkin, a 25-year old import who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 300 pounds. "Against J.J. Watt last year, and just the Houston defence. In Philadelphia, going against Trent Cole and Fletcher Cox and just learning so much there.
"And now coming here, I think I'm actually in a position I can fight for a starting job, and be a starter hopefully, and just show people I've kind of made it."