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Ravens rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley excels in losing cause

INDIANAPOLIS -- When the Ravens drafted rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley out of Alabama, this was the kind of performance they envisioned from the former Butkus Award winner and consensus All-American.

Mosley was all over the field in a losing cause against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He routinely chased down running backs in pursuit and also recorded his first NFL interception in a 20-13 defeat at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I think he played phenomenal,” said outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. “We all got to catch up to him. He was out there making a lot of plays. We knew the kid was special coming in. That’s why we brought him in here. He had a hell of a day.”

Mosley finished with a career- and game-high 14 tackles, including eight solos, and also hit Luck on a blitz.

“Stats really don’t count as much when you lose,” Mosley said. “I feel like I played well, but when you lose games you got to see what you did wrong,” Mosley said. “Some plays, I missed tackles and some plays I didn’t get back far enough on my pass drops.

“Every week, you want to get better. For me, it’s about improving learning offenses and how to position myself to make plays.”

Mosley leads the Ravens with 47 tackles this season and has one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

“It’s all about knowing what you have to do and watching film,” Mosley said. “When you know what you’re doing, you can play fast like that.”

Veteran middle linebacker Daryl Smith praised Mosley, saying he devoured the Colts’ offense.

“He was eating,” Smith said. “He ate today. He definitely had a good one.”

Mosley is emerging as one of the top defensive rookies in the NFL.

“He’s awesome, I love having him back there,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said. “He hustles up and makes all the tackles. It’s a lot of fun having him here.”

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