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Ravens are reaping the rewards of long-awaited offseason moves at cornerback

Ravens are reaping the rewards of long-awaited offseason moves at cornerback

When the Ravens returned to practice Tuesday after their bye week, safety and team leader Eric Weddle made sure to get cornerback Jimmy Smith’s attention.

Smith has probably been the Ravens’ best player through nine games, playing through a painful Achilles tendon injury to shut down opposing receivers and score two defensive touchdowns. Weddle, though, wanted to remind Smith that if the Ravens were going to make a playoff push, the team’s cornerbacks would have to help lead the way.

“We all needed for him to take that next step and he has to continue that,” Weddle said of Smith. “I told him [that] as good as he has been playing, I need him to be even better these next...

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