Ravens highest and lowest rated players: Week 1

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Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) runs under pressure from Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Carl Davis (94) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Highest rated defensive players

Jimmy Smith (3.4), Carl Davis (3.2), Will Hill (3.1), C.J. Mosley (2.9), Brandon Williams (1.9)

Perhaps the best news of the day is the strong debut of Jimmy Smith, who might have been the best player on the field Sunday afternoon.  Long underrated, Smith appears ready to finally claim his spot as one of the best corners in the NFL.

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Davis had a strong preseason and followed it up with a dominant effort where he was consistently disrupting up front.  It’s early, but he’s looking like the steal of the draft and almost made us forget that Timmy Jernigan didn’t play this week.

Hill had an excellent debut as well, coming off a fresh contract extension.  He was especially good against the run (2.4) and held up well as an every down player.  You have to believe that he will improve by leaps and bounds in his first full season as a Raven.

Mosley looked no worse for wear coming off wrist surgery and looks to be building on a phenomenal freshman campaign.  Always strong in coverage, he was even better as a pass rusher this week and he excelled against the run as well.

Williams is another superstar in the making as a lane clogging, blocker occupying force in the middle of the defense.  The Broncos simply didn’t have a chance running up the middle as the big man dominated their undermanned offensive line.

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