Ravens 2013 player season review
Sun reporters Jeff Zrebiec, Aaron Wilson and Matt Vensel looked back at the 2013 season and assessed the performance of each player and some of the coaching staff.
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Jimmy Smith, cornerback( Mark Zerof, USA Today Sports / December 29, 2013 )
GS: 16 | GP: 16 | Snaps: 1,086
Season in review: The 2011 first-round pick secured a starting spot in training camp and established himself a full-time starter for the first time in his career. He got off to a slow start, but during the middle of the season, he was arguably playing as well as any cornerback in the league not named Darrelle Revis or Richard Sherman and he fared well in a 1-on-1 matchup with Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson in Week 15.
Stat that stands out: 16 -- passes defended by Smith, a career high. He also intercepted two passes.
Outlook for 2014 and beyond: After an uninspiring start to his career, Smith finally started to live up to the hype in 2013. Big and fast -- and now confident and physical -- he has a bright future and will spend at least two more years in Baltimore, giving them a solid cornerback pairing along with Lardarius Webb.