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Foxworth wants to assist Jimmy Smith

Cornerback Domonique Foxworth missed the 2010 season with torn knee ligaments and has worked diligently to get back to the level he played at in 2009 with the Ravens.

When the team took cornerback Jimmy Smith of Colorado in the first round of this year's draft, Foxworth made a point of telling the Ravens he would be happy to help Smith adjust to the NFL. He made the point during the brief window of opportunity when players were allowed into the training facility a week ago.

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"I have a tremendous amount of trust in Ozzie [Newsome] and Coach [John] Harbaugh," Foxworth said before the second round had started. "I talked to Harbs and Chuck [Pagano, new defensive coordinator] today and they say he's extremely talented.

"I told them to pass my phone number along. Every young player needs to have somebody who can help him [make the transition]. I'm excited to be that sort of person for him. ... It's what you do anytime someone is drafted at your position."

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During a recent teleconference with season-ticket holders, Newsome likened Smith to former Raven Chris McAlister, a Pro Bowl, shutdown corner.

"They're similar in stature," Newsome said. "Chris is a little thicker, Jimmy is a little faster."

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