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Dean Pees thinks Jimmy Smith is playing too tentatively

Dean Pees thinks Jimmy Smith is playing too tentatively

On Carson Palmer’s first two passing plays Monday, the Arizona Cardinals quarterback connected with John Brown for 11- and 15-yard receptions, ignoring the fact that the speedy wide receiver was being guarded by Jimmy Smith, the Ravens’ top cornerback.

Teams are targeting Smith more and more, a departure from last season when the former first-round pick was at the top of his game. And defensive coordinator Dean Pees has a good idea why.

“I think he’s been tentative and just not kind of letting it go,” Pees said Thursday when asked about Smith. “Whether that’s the...

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