“It is the NFL,” Smith said Monday. “There are great corners on both sides. I think it is a sign of respect with them putting Joseph on me. He is a Pro Bowler. I think even more so than that is every time I am taking off down the field, I see a safety streaming over. I love to see that because it opens things up for my teammates, the tight ends, other receivers and the running backs as well.”
Smith did regret, however, being unable to pull down what would have been a long reception as a Joe Flacco pass bounced off his hands on the offense’s second play of the game.
“I just did not track it all the way through,” Smith said. “It drifted on me a little further outside than I anticipated. I was trying to catch that thing and roll down the sideline. I had a little more room [than I thought]. If I had a chance to do it again, I definitely would make that play. That is my play.”