Its one thing to lose the ball and give up a touchdown when the guy youre trying to cover is Calvin Johnson. Its quite another to do sort of the same thing when the guy youre trying to cover is Patrick Williams.
It happened again to Jimmy Smith during the Ravens practice Sunday at Stevenson University, as reported by baltimoreravens.com.
Yes, Smith should have picked up the ball on the touchdown play by the Lions on Friday, but, after all, he was trying to cover the man called Megatron. However, on Sunday, the cornerback was victimized by a receiver who joined the Ravens as a free agent after having spent most of his three years as a pro as a member of practice squads and whose name you rarely hear mentioned for a spot on the Ravens roster.
So, is this a serious issue with Smiths technique or concentration or some other cause? Preseason is the time to figure this stuff out.
As others have pointed out, the absence of Terrell Suggs likely means more blitzing, which means more leaving cornerbacks by their lonesome. So you cant have a corner whos not able to locate that oblong brown thing flying through the air.