Ray Lewis Gives C.J. Mosley Advice, Updating Key Position Battles


Jul 24, 2014; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) makes a catch during practice at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption.  Today we are updating key position battles early in training camp, revealing that C.J. Mosley is taking advice from Ray Lewis, and discuss the position switch Jah Reid is undertaking.

If you want advice on how to be a great linebacker in the NFL, there aren’t many better brains to pick than that of Ray Lewis.  And that is exactly what C.J. Mosley did during Monday night’s practice.  Lewis made a surprise appearance, taking time to  speak to some old teammates and youngsters like Mosley.

Lewis said that he told both Mosley and fellow linebacker Arthur Brown “honestly first of all, we have a motto around here and that’s play like a Raven.  And the second part of that is to understand that this is your profession. Leave your legacy on the field. Give it everything you got and understand that whatever you need to know, know it better than the coaches know it, and you’ll be playing for a long time.”

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Lewis has reached out to Mosley before when he was at Alabama, and has been very effusive in his praise for the Raven’s first round pick.  Not only does Mosley have great talent, but he also has a desire to succeed.  Mosley was the first player on the field Monday night, a clear indication that he is ready to lead this team to better things.

Jason Marcum is updating the Raven’s key position battles early in camp.  It’s been quite the spinning wheel thus far at the cornerback position, and we have had a few other surprises as well.  It was once thought that Ryan Jensen was a lock to back up or even compete with Rick Wagner at right tackle, but the Ravens have shifted Jah Reid in to the competition.  Gary Kubiak confirmed that Jensen would be competing at guard going forward.

It’s a surprising development considering the fact that Reid is very likely on the roster bubble this offseason.  But it seems like the Ravens are going to give him another fair shot at earning a role on the o-line, and Reid is enjoying the opportunity. In a contract year and coming off an arrest for misdemeanor battery, perhaps Reid will finally have a wake up call and live up to his draft status this season.