By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
1:40 PM EDT, September 17, 2013
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith significantly upgraded his play during the second game of the season.
Smith started in the base defense opposite Lardarius Webb during a 14-6 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, participating in 60 snaps as Corey Graham dropped to 35 snaps overall. Smith finished with three tackles and three pass deflections.
"I thought I played well," said Smith, a 2011 first-round draft pick from Colorado. "It was definitely a lot better than the first game, for all of us."
One week after Smith allowed a 28-yard touchdown pass to the Denver Broncos' Andre Caldwell during a 49-27 loss, the 6-foot-2, 201-pounder had a much steadier game as he helped contain Browns wide receiver Greg Little to four receptions for 33 yards. Smith improved at turning his body in coverage to make plays on the football.
"Jimmy Smith had a very strong game," coach John Harbaugh said. "He made two plays back-to-back there at the end where he got [pass breakups] and was pretty much one-on-one there against good receivers with good throws that he got the ball out, which was just so big for us in getting that last stop.”