Out of all of the turmoil surrounding the Baltimore Ravens due to their slow start to the season with a 5-6 record, one of the few bright spots on the team has been the play of cornerback Jimmy Smith, who is in his third season in the league after being drafted by the Ravens in 2011 NFL draft.
Over the first couple of seasons in the league, Smith’s talent as corner has always been recognized. He has the size and speed to stay with most wide receivers in the NFL, and also brings physicality to his game. Smith was also a key contributor in the Super Bowl last season with a key stop in red zone against San Francisco 49rs‘ wide receiver Michael Crabtree. That play alone could do nothing but give confidence to Smith.
With Smith performing at a high level this season, he has made the case for being the best corner on the team, and may be turning into one of the best corners in the game at the same time.
In the Week 11 matchup against the Chicago Bears, Smith left Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall frustrated throughout the game, including a successful red zone stand in the first half that had Marshall throwing his helmet on the ground near the Bears’ sideline.
“I’ve progressed, and I’ve learned a lot,” Smith discussed via ESPN.com. “I’ve gotten comfortable with the techniques I’ve been taught and I’m comfortable with how to play in the scheme. I feel like, obviously, this is by far my best play.”
If there was any flaw in Smith’s game in the past, it was always due to the fact that he would bite on double moves. Now that he has cleared that up, the sky is the limit for him.
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