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Watching Troy Smith: Will the Rams spy him?

Tomorrow night in St. Louis, Ravens' second-year quarterback Troy Smith gets an extended look at quarterback. So what should you be looking for?

For one thing, note the type of plays that Smith is asked to run. For one reason or another, he hasn't gotten to drop back and throw much in his three quarters or so in the first two preseason games. Smith is 8-for-17 for 99 yards and an interception. Interestingly, he has six rushes for 41 yards. When Smith is in the game, the Ravens use plays that don't get called often for Kyle Boller and Joe Flacco, such as rollouts and naked bootlegs. Smith is also more likely to bolt downfield when the protection breaks down.

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It will be interesting to see whether the Ravens are OK with that approach by Smith or he'll be urged to hang in the pocket and go through his reads and make a throw.

Since the announcement for Smith's start has been out there for a few days, it will be interesting to see whether the Rams game play defensively for the more mobile signal-caller and if they'll "spy" the Ravens quarterback or at least have a linebacker mirror Smith to keep him from breaking a big scramble.

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But since the Rams are having big problems of their own, especially on offense, they may just elect to play Smith straight and work on their own schemes on both sides of the ball.

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