Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Ryan Hewitt (89) makes a catch and is brought down by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-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 find out why the Steelers passed on drafting C.J. Mosley, the Ravens have Big Ben’s number, Torrey Smith weighs in on Vontaze Burfict’s dirty play, and how Joe Flacco will try and snap his interception streak this week.
"Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith was asked about Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s late hit on him while Smith was bent over in pain with what looked to be a possible concussion.Smith was injured after colliding with a Bengals player before an Adam “Pacman” Jones interception, and clearly wasn’t part of the play anymore when Burfict circled back to hit him."
"The Ravens front office had many fans scratching their heads when they selected linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round of the 2014 draft. After all, just a year prior they picked Arthur Brown in the second round, proposing he was the future of the position.My how times have changed. While they have seemingly missed on Brown – who has yet to see the field this season – the Ravens look like they have found the real deal in Mosley, at least through the first eight games of the season.In a day and age when organizations expect first round draft picks to come in and produce immediately, Mosley has been aces for the Ravens defense. The former Alabama standout leads all NFL linebackers with six passes defensed (including two INTs) this season."
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"Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley is getting a lot of NFL Rookie of the Year buzz.He’s rated as the NFL’s top inside linebacker by Pro Football Focus (PFF). He’s fourth in the NFL in tackles (76), and is proving to be a playmaker with two interceptions, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.The Steelers, unknowingly, passed on all of that in May’s draft.Like Baltimore, Pittsburgh was also in the market for an inside linebacker, but drafted Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier with the 15th-overall pick. The Ravens took Mosley two picks later."
"ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley discusses a troubling trend for Joe Flacco."
"Ozzie Newsome stands by the Ravens roster heading into the second half of the season.Baltimore’s general manager opted against making any last-second deals before the NFL’s trade deadline Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. Instead of dealing any players or future draft picks, the Ravens will rely on the free-agency market if they make any future tweaks to their team."
"It looks like a major mismatch Sunday night with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger coming off a career game and facing a short-handed Baltimore Ravens secondary.History suggests you shouldn’t write off the Ravens so easily."