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Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on the field during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on the field during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (John Cordes / Associated Press)

One of the more commonly-held notions about this year's Ravens is that cornerback Jimmy Smith has not been the player he was before last year's season-ending Lisfranc foot sprain.

Even the coaches seem split on it. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said before the bye that Smith looked tentative, and that he needed to be more aggressive.

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Defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt, however, said Smith hadn't had dominant, complete games but "has had dominating plays," and was doing a "great job" this season.

Smith was asked about the first assessment, and didn't even want to engage with it.

"Honestly, I don't even want to … I don't know," he said. "I've just got to keep getting better, keep playing my game."

He also seemed upset with the media, which he indicated haven't been kind about his play.

"You guys write one thing — I feel totally different than how you guys feel," he said. "So, I'm not going to get into that, but I've got to keep playing ball."

Smith didn't allow a touchdown and was as close to a shutdown cornerback as one could be last year before his injury. This season, top receivers have produced against Smith, whose confidence doesn't seem to have wavered.

He does, however, have two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. And outside of some difficulties in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals, Smith has played much better of late.

His task gets difficult Sunday, with second-year receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson each boasting over 600 yards and six touchdowns this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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