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CB Jimmy Smith seeing double


CB Jimmy Smith seeing double

Though Jimmy Smith has the size and ability to be a starting cornerback for the Ravens, the second-year player must improve his technique.

Starting in place of Lardarius Webb, who is out of the season with a torn knee ligament, Smith was beaten badly twice by Houston Texans receiver Kevin Walter in Sunday's 43-13 victory.

"Jimmy played well, except for the double moves," coach John Harbaugh said of him vs. Houston. "He did a nice job, but you can't get beat on double moves. He knows that. That's going to be his issue going forward."

Webb was injured two weeks ago against the Dallas Cowboys, and Smith came in to fill the void as they held on for a 31-29 victory.

He was immediately burned by Miles Austin for what likely would have been a touchdown of 60-plus yards, but quarterback Tony Romo didn't look to that side of the field.

The defense is struggling overall to stop teams from having extended drives. The linebackers have been retooled since the Ravens lost Ray Lewis in the same game that Webb, their best cover corner, went down.

Smith, who at 6-2 a few inches taller and about 20 pounds heavier than Webb, tends to rely on his physical advantages in coverage, but Harbaugh would like to see him cover underneath and down field equally well. Corey Graham is used in nickel packages in Webb's place.

"You have to try to find a way to cover those stop routes but still be on top of the deep routes," Harbaugh said, going back to Smith's problems in the Texans game. "Corey did a nice job in the slot. He was solid in the slot and played well."

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.


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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including what to watch for at OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. As the Ravens try and bolster their pass rush during the offseason, they hope to find much-needed help from outside linebacker, Shane Ray. The Ravens picked up Ray from the Denver Broncos where he had an unproductive last two seasons due to injury, only registering one sack in each of the past two seasons. However, Ray had a phenomenal career at Missouri as a unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. The Ravens have given Ray a shot at a career reboot and fans are excited to see what he's got.

2. Thursday is the media's first opportunity to get a look at the 2019-20 Ravens. Ravens writer Ryan Mink writes seven things to look out for at OTAs including, attendance from veterans even though OTAs are mandatory, a look at linebacker development with the signings of namely Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and a first look at the rookie class to name a few.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.