Smith: Massaquoi Getting What He's Earned

The Atlanta Falcons are coming off a three-game losing streak and will be taking on the Baltimore Ravens away during Sunday's match-up. Keep an eye on these storylines heading into this week's game.

The Baltimore Ravens have allowed seven quarterback sacks in 2014. The Atlanta Falcons hope to push that number to double digits by the end of their Week 7 matchup against the Ravens.

Known primarily for his strong arm, Ravens QB Joe Flacco also has the ability to extend plays when needed, giving his potent receiving corps extra time to get open, something Falcons DE Jonathan Massaquoi is working to prevent.

In year three, Massaquoi has seen his snap count increase this season, thanks to noticeable efforts, both under the stadium lights and on the practice field.

"Jonathan was very active in his pass rush," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. "He had a couple of nice moves (and) moved the quarterback (on Sunday). Again, you get what you earned in the NFL. You get what you earned on the practice field, and we're going to make decisions based on what we feel like gives us the best opportunity to win."

Massaquoi finished Week 6 with four tackles, two for loss, two QB hurries and one sack of Bears QB Jay Cutler. He compares the excitement of sacking QBs to the pure joy of a good meal, after not eating for a week. Despite the improved success from Sunday, Massaquoi's appetite isn't satisfied, looking for more production in Baltimore.

"That's what's expected of me," Massaquoi said. "They gave me the reps and I showcased my talent; it doesn't change anything. My routine doesn't change, my ego, my mentality, they don't change; that's what I'm paid to do."

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