Baltimore Ravens' Matt Elam Backs Up Talk With Performance Against Detroit Lions

By Jermaine Lockett
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that the Baltimore Ravens’ loud mouth rookie safety Matt Elam was able to back up his trash talk  Mondaynight as he played pretty well against the Detroit Lions.  Did his trash talk actually affect Calvin Johnson AKA Megatron or was it his teams’ physicality?

He is just lucky his teammates stepped up and whacked Johnson big every time he caught a pass.   Elam also needs to be on his knees thanking Jimmy Smith for having such a solid night.  Some of you are thinking, well Megatron still had a six-catch 98-yard night, but those yards came when the Ravens were playing a zone coverage and James Ihedigbo still made him pay for each catch with huge hits.  Elam’s performance was notable as well.  He did have the game ending interception, even though he bobbled it.

The rookie out of Florida showed that he could pull his weight against the Lions Monday Night and not just against Megatron.  He was disciplined, played team ball, led the team in tackles with seven and actually got his first interception on the season because of it.  Elam may have a big mouth and talks like he is jacked up on caffeine, but at least the little guy doesn’t let his mouth affect his play unlike some people (cough, Cary Williams, cough).  When Williams shut his mouth and played ball he was one of the better CBs in the league; however, once his mouth opened his performance dropped and you could see how ignorant of a person he was.  I can’t be the only one who is glad he is no longer in Baltimore.

Maybe Elam did the trash talking for himself and not for Johnson.  He probably felt the need to talk himself into a higher level of play.  According to a locker room interview captured by NFL Network, Elam claimed it was his competitive spirit that made him make those comments about Megatron.  Sounds like his plan worked out just fine.  His teammates will probably prefer that in the future he meditate or do something else to hype himself up besides flapping his gums and fueling the opponents prior to a game.

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