Jimmy Smith still has to show Ravens something

Jimmy Smith still has to show Ravens something
May 12, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Jimmy Smith made one of the biggest plays in the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory. His tight, combative coverage of 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone near the end of the game — which San Francisco fans will still be calling pass interference when Crabtree is doing autograph shows from his retirement home flanked by his grandchildren — showed just what kind of cornerback Smith could be.

He came up big in the biggest of situations and made an intelligent calculation of just how physical he could be at that point in the game and at that spot on the field. That play points to Smith’s potential. However, Smith has yet to establish himself in the Ravens secondary.

At ESPN.com, Jamison Hensley names Smith as a Raven who needs to prove himself to his team in the off-season.

“The 27th overall pick of the 2011 draft, Smith has the size and speed to be a top-tier cornerback,” Hensley writes. “He just hasn't shown the toughness or consistency to warrant a place on the field. … Lardarius Webb is coming off a season-ending knee injury, and Cary Williams went to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency. Smith could put himself in position to take over the starting job from Corey Graham.”