Late For Work 12/10: Best Media Slam Ever, By Torrey Smith

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Best Media Slam Ever, By Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith was just nominated for the NFL Sportsmanship Award in part because of his respectful demeanor. The guy is one of the classiest in the league.

Yet sometimes you just have to correct false information on the Internet. And if you're going to do that, you might as well do it in style.

Sports Insights is a sports betting analytics website that claims you can "make smarter bets,* *and start winning today!"

The only thing is @SportsInsights tweeted information on Smith's injury status (sprained* *knee), that isn't even available until Friday. The tweet said Smith has been downgraded to "doubtful" against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but the injury designations aren't declared on injury reports until after three practices sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

So, Smith decided to correct the information:

"@SportsInsights: #NFL #Ravens - Torrey Smith, Knee - is downgraded to doubtful Sunday (12/14) vs. Jacksonville"... pic.twitter.com/E0tOjDLgiB — Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) December 9, 2014

Smith's hilarious response had Twitter rolling with tear-laughing emoticons.

"Well played, Torrey," wrote WNST's Luke Jones.

But it wasn't enough to stop @SportsInsights, so Smith had to make it clearer.

"@SportsInsights: . @TorreySmithWR Are you saying you should be probable?"....I'm saying you shouldn't make stuff up — Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) December 9, 2014

Ravens Cursed At Cornerback?

Think of all the injuries and cornerbacks the Ravens have rolled through this season:

Jimmy Smith (injured reserve – foot)
Tramain Jacobs (injured reserve – thigh)
Aaron Ross (injured reserve – Achilles)
Danny Gorrer (injured reserve – knee)
Asa Jackson (activated last week after seven weeks on injured reserve-designated to return – toe)
Lardarius Webb (missed the preseason and four regular-season games – back)
Anthony Levine (left game last week – concussion)
Chykie Brown (cut in Nov. after secondary gave up six TDs to Pittsburgh)
Dominique Franks (also cut in Nov. after secondary gave up six TDs to Pittsburgh)
Derek Cox (cut on eve of season-opener)

The Ravens have had six different starting cornerbacks in 13 games this season, compared to using only four corners all of last season.  They signed yet another free agent yesterday in Antoine Cason – ranked by Pro Football Focus as 105th-best corner – to make up for the latest loss of Gorrer.

All NFL teams have injuries, but the number of hits to a single position is just ridiculous.

"The Baltimore Ravens have to be thinking about what's the difference between having a terrible run of injuries at a position and just being cursed," wrote ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

OK, OK, the Ravens aren't really cursed. Hensley is just making a point.

I don't believe in that stuff anyway (I think).

Will Ravens Use First- Or Second-Round Pick At Corner?

We still have three weeks of the season, and very possibly the playoffs to go, so it's early for Ravens draft questions.

But given the hardships in the secondary, which is ranked second worst in the NFL in pass defense, it's fair for fans to ask if the Ravens will invest a first- or second-round draft pick in April at cornerback.

So, what are the chances Clifton Brown?

"Extremely high," the CSNBaltimore.com reporter wrote.

"I think improving the secondary will be the top offseason priority. There's no way [General Manager Ozzie] Newsome and [Head Coach] John Harbaugh want to go through another season like this. Newsome doesn't like to reach in the draft to fill a need. But if the Ravens aren't in position to draft a corner that can help them immediately, they may have to acquire one through free agency. It's a weakness that must be addressed."

Ravens To Face Manziel In Three Weeks

The Cleveland Browns officially made the switch.

Head Coach Mike Pettine announced rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will replace struggling Brian Hoyer as the starting quarterback.

"We've made the decision to start Johnny this week against the Bengals. This decision is really not about Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel, it is about the Cleveland Browns," Pettine said. "We are always going to make decisions that we feel are in the best interest of the team. Brian has done everything that has been asked of him and he has done so as a true professional."

That means the Ravens will face the rookie in only his third NFL start, barring a change back to Hoyer.  They pulled Hoyer once before this season, but still started him the next week.

A little quarterback controversy for a division rival with a playoff spot on the line never hurts, but don't expect Harbaugh or the defense to underestimate Manziel like Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis did this week by calling the rookie a "midget." Lewis has since apologized:

Week 15 Power Rankings

ESPN: No. 12 (moved up one spot)
"Sunday was the first game since Week 17 of 2012 that Joe Flacco didn't attempt a pass at least 20 yards downfield. Baltimore outscored Miami 28-3 after the first quarter."

SportingNews.com, Vinnie Iyer: No. 13 (no movement)
"Terrell Suggs and their pass rush showed some extra juice for a critical victory over the Dolphins in Miami. The road hasn't always been so kind, but they're showing extra mettle there to go with their strong Baltimore advantage."

Fox Sports, Dan Schneier: No. 10 (moved up five spots)
"When the pass rush gets going, the defense can successfully hide the secondary issues and shut down an opponent's passing game. With Gary Kubiak's offense also performing efficiently, the result is a balanced team."

ProFootballTalk.com, Mike Florio: No. 12 (moved up one spot)
"Losing Haloti Ngata left the rest of the Baltimore defense more focused than they would have been if they were on Adderall."

CBSSports.com, Pete Prisco: No. 13 (moved up three spots)
"Winning at Miami was huge. Now the schedule gets softer, starting this week vs. Jacksonville."

NFL.com, Elliot Harrison: No. 14 (moved up three spots)
"What a Grade A team performance from the Ravens in Miami, starting with Baltimore's defense. Yes, we saw Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett perform – but oh, that Ravens defense put it on the board. Ryan Tannehill ate more grass Sunday than that annoying granola bar chick in your freshman Geology class. Six sacks ain't too shabby for Baltimore's pass rush."

Quick Hits

  • Hey Clifton! Should the Ravens make Justin Forsett their franchise running back? "Not with Forsett being 29 years old. Forsett is having a terrific season. But he's never had one like this. Putting too much faith in 30-year-old running backs is dangerous, and the Ravens have a promising rookie running back in Lorenzo Taliaferro. I'm sure general manager Ozzie Newsome has a number and contract length in mind for Forsett. I think Newsome will make an offer to Forsett when the season ends. If he takes it, he'll be back. If not, he won't." [CSNBaltimore.com]
  • @antoinecason: New team and new number, however, still thanking God for the opportunities in life .. I've been asked what number am I going to wear and the answer is 23 (Mel what up) @mwhite_23 lol .. yes 20 is available but I wouldn't wear that number in Baltimore even if I could. #respect [Instagram]
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