OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith is leaner, lighter and, most important to him, finally healthy after dealing with a groin injury for much of last season.
Smith's role is still months away from being determined, but, for what it's worth, Smith looks to be in good shape. And as far as how he feels physically, Smith said: "I feel great. I feel like I did in college."
This will be a telling season for Smith, the Ravens' first-round pick in 2011.
Most feel he's underachieved during his first two seasons in the NFL, but he did come up with two critical plays late in the Ravens' Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers.
He'll now have a chance to battle Corey Graham for a starting job opposite Lardarius Webb.
And after playing last season at around 210 pounds, the 6-foot-2 Smith said he's down 10 pounds and is planning to keep his weight around 200 this year.
Smith acknowledged feeling quicker and faster as a result of the weight loss.
"I do," Smith said. "But more so is that I'm not injured anymore. Those groins really hurt my game last year, playing with that throughout the whole season and then getting surgery. But now that that's better, I feel 100 percent better."
Smith was first injured during Week 6 of last year but played in each of the Ravens' next two games before undergoing sports hernia surgery that sidelined him for four games and hampered him well into the playoffs.
But Smith regained his job as Baltimore's nickel back during the AFC championship and later came up with those two critical plays in the Super Bowl.
He had 34 tackles in the 11 games he played in during the regular season.
He had 20 tackles, eight pass deflections and two interceptions as a rookie in 2011.
"I do feel like I've improved," Smith said. "But, like I've said, everything's a work in progress. I'm still trying to climb the mountain. I'm not where I want to be yet, but I'll be there soon."
DICKSON SIGNS TENDER: Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson signed his restricted free-agent tender Friday, an original-round tender that will pay Dickson $1.323 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract.
Dickson was a third-round pick of the Ravens in 2010.
"The business part of it is done, so I can go to work and try to bring home another championship for the Baltimore Ravens," Dickson said.
Dickson's role as a pass-catcher diminished last year as fellow tight end Dennis Pitta emerged as a key piece in the Ravens' offense, but Dickson and offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell both hinted Friday that Dickson could be among several players to see more opportunities in the passing game this season as Baltimore looks to fill the void left by the departure of wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
Dickson had just 21 catches for 225 yards last year, but he had 54 catches for 528 yards and five touchdowns in 2011.
WHITE HOUSE VISIT: The Ravens will visit the White House and president Barack Obama Wednesday, as the White House and president, as has become customary, honor the defending Super Bowl champions.
The Ravens will also be recognized Wednesday for their work in the community.