Ravens paring down roster, making tough cuts
The Ravens posted an article on their web site talking about how Pro Football Focus graded their players through the first three pre-season games, and linebacker Daryl Smith's grades were tops on the defense.
No big surprise there.
According to PFF, "in his 74 snaps, Smith has excelled across the board. He's earned positive marks in run defense, pass rush and pass coverage. Smith has proven he's more than just a run stuffer, accounting for one sack and two additional quarterback hurries. Stepping into Ray Lewis' shoes is no easy task, but Smith's performance so far has shown he's up to the challenge."
Smith has clearly been one of the top defensive players through the first three games. The veteran has shown his speed and quickness in so many ways. He's flying all over the field and causing all kinds of trouble.
The Ravens are well-known for making this kind of pick-up. They're good at finding veterans who still have plenty left to give and can fit right into the system here.
This move could wind up being the best in the off-season. There were a lot of questions with the linebackers -- still are -- but if Smith can step in and do in the regular season what he's done in the exhibition games, a lot of the team's worries there will fade away.