Daily Caw: Is Ravens Cornerback Jimmy Smith the NFL’s Best Kept Secret?


Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) during the game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web.  Today we wonder if Jimmy Smith is the NFL’s best kept secret at the cornerback position, look at four dark horse candidates to make the Ravens roster, 5 things you didn’t know about Steve Smith, and the few starting jobs that remain unclaimed heading into training camp.

Is Jimmy Smith the NFL’s best kept secret at cornerback?Cian Fahey, Bleacher Report

"Selecting Smith was a risk that Ozzie Newsome was willing to take, but not one that would reap immediate rewards. In truth, over the first two years of Smith’s career, he was closer to being a bust than a star.It’s not unusual for a cornerback to adapt slowly to the professional game from the college level. Smith struggled with his performances on the field, but those struggles were compounded by injuries that cost him games. Over his first two years in the league, he missed nine regular-season games."

4 dark horse candidates to make Ravens’ final rosterJason Marcum, Bleacher Report

"Baltimore will have many of last year’s players back, meaning there won’t be many spots on the 53-man roster for newcomers to earn. However, the Ravens did add some talented players late in the draft and through free agency who could surprise and earn a spot on the final roster.Here’s a look at four dark-horse candidates to make the Ravens’ final 53-man roster."

5 things you may not know about Steve Smith Sr.Sarah Ellison, BaltimoreRavens.com

"Think you know everything there is to know about Steve Smith Sr.?Yes, he’s a 15-year veteran with five Pro Bowls under his belt. He ranks 14th on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list. He can talk trash with the best of them, and backs down to nobody.But there’s a lot more beneath the surface. Here are five things you may not know about the Ravens wide receiver:1) He was teammates with Chad Johnson at Santa Monica College (SMC), a two-year community college."

Few starting jobs up for grabs for RavensJeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

"When the Ravens start training camp in about three weeks, much will be said and written about the various roster competitions. There will be talk about the backup running back job, the last couple of wide receiver spots, the tight end situation, the plethora of candidates for the defensive line rotation and the roles in the defensive backfield.However, the reality is that unless there are a slew of significant injuries to front-line players – and a few health issues are unavoidable in training camp – most of the competitions are going to be for backup jobs and back-end roster spots."

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