Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 27-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons
The Baltimore Sun's Childs Walker looks back at the Ravens' victory in the second preseason game.
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Jimmy Smith doesn't inspire confidence.
With cornerback Lardarius Webb still resting his knee, Smith had a chance to show he's a deserving starter when he lined up against Falcons big-play threat Julio Jones. Instead, Jones torched Smith for three catches and 55 yards on Atlanta's first touchdown drive. That earned the cornerback a sideline lecture from John Harbaugh.
Smith still possesses all the tools that made him the most touted cover corner in the 2011 draft. But three years in, he still looks lost more than his coaches would like. And he's fighting the perception that he stagnated last season, when many expected him to blossom.
It's too early to give up on Smith, who played very well in the Super Bowl. But let's put it this way: a lot of folks will breathe easier when a healthy Webb, the team's best cover guy by far, returns to the lineup.