C.J. Mosley Off To Fast Start, Juszczyk And Wagner Solid In Debut


Aug 7, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) gets tackled by Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption.  On today’s links we tell you about C.J. Mosley’s big ambitions and fast start, Rick Wagner and Kyle Juszczyk’s solid debuts, and Delonte Thompson’s fight for a roster spot.

C.J. Mosley played with both the first and second team defense Thursday night against the 49ers, soaking up quality snaps ahead of the regular season.  That alone is a solid vote of confidence from the Ravens, who obviously have big plans for the first round pick.  And the young linebacker has big plans of his own, telling reporters that he wants to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year and win the Super Bowl in his first season.  Mosley got off to a good start on those ambitions Thursday night, leading the team in tackles and picking up his first NFL sack.

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Fellow youngsters Kyle Juszczyk and Rick Wagner had solid debuts as well, playing admirably against a tough 49ers defense Thursday night.  Juice Check finished with 3 catches for 28 yards with a 17 yard catch via Joe Flacco, and looked like he will be a load for opposing defenders to bring down.  Wagner didn’t embarrass himself either, giving up no sacks and opening up some holes in the run game.  While Juice’s solid play is a boon for the Ravens, Wagner’s is going to be critical for their success at a pivotal position.

Finally, wide receiver Delonte Thompson is simply fighting for a roster spot at a very deep position.  Thompson had his finest moment of the offseason at Monday night’s practice when he showed elite speed on a 60 yard touchdown reception.  Thompson has made the team the last two seasons after going undrafted, but has yet to make a major impact. While the team continues to show faith in his development, the competition at wide receiver may be too steep for him to stick a third year in a row.