A look at what's happening on the Baltimore Ravens beat in your wake-up caw ...
Torrey Smith is carrying himself like a No. 1 wide receiver, even though he insists the Ravens aren't using him differently. “It’s not like coach [Jim] Caldwell is like, ‘Hey, we’re going to put Torrey in this spot and run a different route,’” Smith said, via The Baltimore Sun. “It’s the same routes I’ve been running.”
Quarterback Joe Flacco said he would've been distracted if his wife, Dana, hadn't delivered their second son before Sunday's game. "I think if it was during the game, I would have been coming off every series like, ‘Update me, update me.’ The fact that it did come before the game actually kicked off was a little bit settling to my mind," Flacco said, via Comcast SportsNet. "All morning, I’m usually pretty reserved before the game, and I was walking around the locker room. I was just way more fidgety than I normally am, so it was definitely soothing to know that she had the baby and everything went OK.”
The Ravens find a way to stay in the moment, The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck writes.
I believe cornerback Lardarius Webb is the 100th Ravens player to say he believes safety Ed Reed will play Sunday. "He's going to be out there," Webb said, via The Baltimore Sun. "He's been saving himself for this game, most definitely. It will be strange seeing him on the other side. We all wish he was still here. I know I do."
There was a Ravens fan among those who were shot at the Navy Yard in Washington, according to the team's official website.
A look at the return of defensive lineman Art Jones by The Press Box.