Late For Work 10/9: Ray Lewis' Advice To C.J. Mosley After Explosive Start


Ray Lewis' Advice To C.J. Mosley After Explosive Start

It's graphics like these that Ray Lewis may be referring to:

It's a really cool visual, but it could create an expectation that's too high for rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley.

"It's early. You don't want to put crazy pressure on him," Lewis told The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.

But people just can't help themselves, including teammate , based off what they're already seeing from Mosley in five career games. He is the ONLY player in the NFL right now with at least 40 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. He also leads all linebackers league-wide with five passes defensed.

As long as he continues to light it up on Sundays, he's going to get comparisons to the future Hall of Famer and there's going to chatter for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if he has a down game or two, he's going to get ripped.

Knowing how the world of sports can be, Lewis offers this simple advice to Mosley:

"There are going to be people that say good things, there are going to be people that say bad things," Lewis told Baltimore Beatdown's Jason Butt. "I've said this before, and I'll say what a couple of wise men told me – Marvin Lewis and Jack Del Rio – very early.

The good news is that Mosley is somewhat like quarterback Joe Flacco in terms of never getting too high or too low. So it doesn't appear the pressure will get to him anytime soon.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome noticed the rookie's even-keel personality when they talked right after the Ravens selected him in the 2014 draft.

"You know what? At some point I'm going to get you a little more excited," Newsome said to Mosley. "I've seen you four times, and you're just so down to earth, so quiet. But they say you're not like that on the field."

No,*he is not. On the field, Mosley has a knack for getting to the football, and Lewis has taken notice, already calling him a "ball *hawk."

"What I like about the boy is he's making the game simple," Lewis said. "He's finding the football. If you want to play linebacker a long time in this game, no matter if you're in year one, year 10, or year 12, find the football. And he's finding the football. When I watch him, that's the thing I'm always excited about."

Canty To Miss 2-3 More Weeks, Suggs Not On Injury Report

The Ravens are banged up, as was showcased by eight players not practicing yesterday.

The good news is that Terrell Suggs was not listed on the injury report, as Butt pointed out. After Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, Jason La Canfora suggested sitting Suggs so his groin injury could heal.

The fact that he practiced and didn't make the injury list is a good sign that he is already feeling better.

As expected, defensive lineman Chris Canty was among the eight who missed practice. Canty had surgery on his wrist after getting an infection, but Head Coach John Harbaugh wisely kept the timetable for return close to his chest.

According to Wilson, it's going to be another couple of weeks, however.

A Loss To Bucs Would Be Worst In Recent Memory

Ooof, The Sun's Jon Meoli has little respect for this week's opponent in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

You hear so often about parity in the NFL and the phrase "any given Sunday," but Meoli doesn't think the Bucs have any business beating the Ravens this weekend.

"[A] Ravens loss [to the Bucs] would be one of the worst in recent memory," he wrote.

Meoli's reasoning is found in Tampa Bay's rankings on both sides of the ball.  The team is ranked 30th in the league in both total offense and total defense.

Does Torrey Fit In New Offense?

Last year's Ravens' receiving leader Torrey Smith is off to a career-low pace this year.

People are searching for answers for the sudden decline.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley has his theory.

"The Baltimore Ravens' passing game has focused on shorter passes under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, and wide receiver Torrey Smith has watched the number of passes thrown his way get cut nearly in half," Hensley wrote.

"It's now become a legitimate question: Does a deep threat like Smith fit into a short passing offense?"

For a short and blunt answer, we turn to Flacco.

"Of course he does," the franchise quarterback told Hensley.

The ESPN blogger points out that 75 percent of the Ravens' passes have gone for 10 yards or less, as opposed to 54 percent last year. And at the same time, Smith's targets have decreased through five games. Last year he had 49 targets (ranked No. 8 in the league);* *this year he only has 26 (ranked 67th).

That could be attributed to Smith not fitting in. But it could also be attributed to other weapons emerging, including newcomer Steve Smith Sr., who leads the team in targets. With injuries and Anquan Boldin departing last year, Smith was many times one of the few weapons Flacco could turn to.

What do you think, Torrey? Does the offense suit you?

"It's the same as any other offense I've ever been in and it's literally the exact same offense I ran in college," Smith said yesterday. "That's not the case at all."

Adorable Kids Asks Torrey: 'Can I Keep You'

While we're talking about Smith, I had to share this Instagram video.

Smith is giving a pep talk to a bunch of kids about winning and having fun.

In the middle of his message, an adorable little kid yells out: "Can I keep you?"

"Huh?" Smith asks.

"My mom loves you," the little tike responds, sending the room into laughter.

Quick Hits

  • Watch the powerful video the NFL showed owners about domestic violence. The video was part of a 40-minute presentation at owners meetings put together by the league with the help of a group of outside advisers. Joe Ehrmann, a defensive tackle for 10 pro seasons beseeches viewers to imagine what it would be like to see a loved one being subjected to abuse, and then urges intervention. "Think about the role you have to raise up a generation of men that are going to have the clarity, have the moral courage to call out other men," Ehrmann says. [USA Today | Associated Press]
  • Harbaugh likes it when teams blitz Flacco. "He's way more mobile than people want to give him credit for," Harbaugh said of Flacco. "He's way more able to extend plays than people want to think. He's going to make tons of plays this year out of the pocket moving around. He just is. I like it when people pressure us, but we also have to beat man coverage. We have to make plays against that stuff. Until you do that regularly, you're going to invite pressure." [ESPN]
  • By the numbers: Ravens' Super Bowl title in Tampa. [ESPN]
  • After being cut from the active roster, tight end Philip Supernaw was signed to the Ravens practice squad. [The Baltimore Sun]
  • And I love the clever ways you can put Supernaw's name to use …

"@UrbanEngIish: When you're watching football and your girl asks if she can change the channel =" — Asa Jackson (@KIDRaven) October 8, 2014

  • What's going on with cross-eyed Lorenzo Taliaferro? [Vine]
  • Former Raven Ma'ake Kemoeatu went on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to talk about ending his football career so he could donate his kidney to his brother Chris. And he got an Xbox out of it too. [YouTube]
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