As the Ravens head into their second preseason game, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t rave about rookie inside linebacker C. J. Mosley.
Listen to inside linebackers coach Don “Wink” Martindale.
“The best compliment that I can give him (Mosley) is he’s been here for months, and it seems like he’s been here three years,” Martindale said. “He’s very instinctive.”
Mosley could play the entire first half of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Cowboys. With Mosley expected to start as a rookie, the Ravens want him to get game experience.
“I think they’re really important, preseason games,” Mosley said. “It helps C. J. get caught up to the speed of the game. You look at San Francisco the first couple of plays, then all of a sudden he sunk in and played really well which he’s done all training camp. It was just a different speed, just as it will be when we get in the regular season. It gets ramped up a little bit more. So it’s good for C. J. any rookie that comes in.
“He knows there’s going to be ups and downs, and he just takes everything level. We’ve all been around guys that haven’t been able to handle success. This kid’s had success in his life and in his career already. So I think he’s going to be fine.”
Veteran Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith has also been very impressed with Mosley. But when asked how Mosley can become a great player, Smith offered a word of caution.
“We haven’t even gotten (to) the regular season yet,” Smith said. “Once we get to the regular season and start playing some games and doing some things, actually get some game film out there, then we can discuss that.”