Graham: Key is to stay disciplined in coverage

Graham: Key is to stay disciplined in coverage
December 8, 2012, 5:00 pm
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Jimmy Smith moved around this week, taking in limited reps during practice with the Ravens but the cornerback is questionable for Sunday's game at the Washington Redskins and likely won't play.

That means Corey Graham likely will get the start again for a defense that has been decimated by injuries especially among the linebackers and along the front.

Graham, who spent his first five seasons with the Chicago Bears, has had interceptions in two of his last three games and has started four times since Smith went out. He had to get hernia surgery to repair the lingering injury.

Smith had inherited the starting role after Lardarius Webb's season-ending knee ligament tear on Oct. 14.

The Ravens' pass coverage last week wasn't sufficient. The allowed Charlie Batch, a 38-year-old, third-string quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, carve them up.  Batch went 25-for-36 for 276 yards and a touchdown. It was is best performance since 2001 when he was a starter for the Detroit Lions.

With the Redskins' Robert Griffin III, the task will be even more difficult because of his mobility and the read-option offense. Get out of position and it can lead to huge plays.

" You got a lot of guys flashing in front of you," Graham said. "You got RG3 putting the ball out there and all that.  You got to pay attention to your assignment and keep your eyes on your keys and you sould be alright."

Griffin has rushed for 6 TDs, and more than 700 yards already. The receiving corp could be underrated because statistically none of the Redskins are atop any rankings. But he's able to spread the ball around to Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson. All four have at least 350 yards receiving. Moss and Garcon combine for 10 TDs.

"Those guys go out there and make plays. RG3, he can put the ball out there. He can throw very far, do all those play action reads and guys stretch  the field," Graham said. " You got to stay with your keys."