4 Downs: Chicago Bears
EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, two days before their important road game against the Bears.
Two-minute topic: Has Arthur Jones become the Ravens’ best defensive lineman?
OWINGS MILLS - Jones is having his best season with 28 tackles and four sacks. As a fifth-round pick in 2010, Jones can be categorized as another draft gem for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.
“He’s turned into a very solid and even excellent defensive lineman in this league, and I think it’s because of his work ethic, ” said coach John Harbaugh. “He’s talented, he’s quick, he’s explosive. He’s worked really hard in the weight room with (strength and conditioning coach) Bob Rogucki and those guys, and he’s really maximized his physical potential.”
Athletic prowess runs in Jones’ family. One brother, Chandler, is a defensive end with the Patriots. Another brother, Jon “Bones” Jones, is the UFC light heavyweight champion.
Jon visited Ravens practice on Wednesday, and spoke to the team about focus and determination. There are plenty of UFC fans on the Ravens, and while they were impressed with Jon’s speech, he said he was nervous to meet his brother’s teammates.
“Dude, I was sweating bullets,” said Jon Jones.
Arthur Jones has been making quarterbacks and offensive linemen sweat this season. Training with Jon in the offseason has helped Arthur with his technique.
“I work out with him faithfully on hand fighting, wrestling, leverage,’’ Jones said. “Just having a good pad level is a game changer in this league, so if you can learn how to use your hands and have good leverage, you can do something good things.”
While Jones is enjoying playing his best football, he won’t be satisfied unless the Ravens start winning more consistently.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Jones said. “I’m just trying to be an impact player.”
Morning thought: “Ed Reed is a leader. I would think that would be a situation Rex (Ryan) feels very comfortable with.” – Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees, talking about Ed Reed signing with the Jets, and reuniting with their coach, Rex Ryan, a former Ravens defensive coordinator.
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