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Smith, Williams battling to start-- sort of

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Smith, Williams battling to start-- sort of

The battle between Jimmy Smith and Cary Williams at cornerback is something many are watching at training camp this summer.
But in the end, some people dont realize the actual meaning of the battle. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees talked about that when speaking with the media at camp a few days ago.
You guys have watched enough NFL football to know that two corners are not going to get you through a season or even through a game, Pees said. So, between sub, nickel, dime, and all that stuff where you use corners, where you get teams that run three-wideyou are going to use all those guys.
Translation: a lot of guys are going to get playing time whether they start or not.
But Smith and Williams truly are competing for a lead spot. Theres no doubt about that. The Ravens expected big things from Smith from the moment they picked him in the first round last year. He injured his ankle early in the season opener and missed the next four games.
After returning, Smith eventually settled in and played well going down the stretch and into the post-season. He made a great interception plus a 39-yard return in the AFC title game at New England.
Williams was a bit of a surprise last year, taking over as the starter and turning a solid effort all season. Hes coming back from off-season surgery, and the battle for a top spot is on in camp.
Its great competition, Pees said. We are very lucky to have two big guys like that fighting for that position. Thats kind of a luxury. Thats a very fortunate situation for us, and I think both of them are handling it very well.
But, in the end, the Ravens use a lot of packages which will employ a bunch of defensive backs in a bunch of situations. Both guys will have big roles. The only question is who will be doing what and when and how.
We have a Raven defense, which is four DBs, and we have a sub defense, which is five DBs, Pees said. We might start the game in five DBs, so one of the outside backers is out, well, that guys a starter. He started the game, but if we started in Raven, that doesnt mean the other guyso, all of those guys are or wil be a starter at corner, basically.

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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.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens rank higher than expected in preseason rankings

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens rank higher than expected in preseason rankings

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a high preseason ranking for the Ravens.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Ravens ranked higher than expected in Peter King's preseason rankings. King ranked the Ravens at No. 12, surprising for a defense that is working on development during this offseason. However, with the Ravens' signing of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, maybe he will bring the fire the Ravens need on defense.

2. With day 2 of OTAs in the books, the focus has been on quarterback Lamar Jackson. Ravens writer, Kevin Eck noted that during the offseason, Jackson had been working out with Ravens quarterbacks coach, Joshua Harris along with receivers Jordan Lasley and Jaylen Smith, so it remains to be seen throughout the summer on whether or not he has improved namely his passing game. 

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.

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