DB coach won't overeact to tough night for Smith

DB coach won't overeact to tough night for Smith
August 21, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Ravens have plenty of position battles heading into 3rd preseason game

Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin thinks the struggles of cornerback Jimmy Smith against the Falcons should be kept in perspective.

“I know it maybe wasn’t a great game for him per se, when you look at it from the outside,” Austin said Tuesday. “But when I look at Jimmy, I look at his body of work coming off last year’s playoffs, in the offseason, and what he’s done in practice. As any corner will tell you, there will be a game out there where you’re not playing your best and things don’t go your way. But I have the utmost confidence in Jimmy that he’s going to have a fine, fine season for us.”

It will be interesting to see how Smith responds Thursday night against the Panthers. Quarterback Cam Newton may target Smith, but if that happens, Austin expects Smith to react well.

“What some people would perceive as a down game, he’ll be able to shake that off,” Austin said. “He shook that off for us (during practice and meetings). I didn’t see anything where he came in and was, ‘Oh man, that was so bad.’ There was nothing like that. It was like, ‘OK, let’s get to work.’’’