Ravens rookie outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith is being credited with getting a hand on Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers' 26-yard field goal miss on Sunday, at least within the team facility in Owings Mills.
When rattling off all of the things the special teams unit did well in a penalty-ridden game against Jacksonville, including several long kick and punt returns, special teams coordinator-associate head coach Jerry Rosburg mentioned that Smith blocked a field goal.
Inside the locker room, Smith was asked whether he got a hand on the kick, which looked like it never had a chance of going in even from that short distance. He was emphatic that he did, and a little bewildered that it wasn't part of the official record.
He and some of the Ravens special teams players celebrated as if that was the case after the kick. He and Rosburg insisted on the sideline to coach John Harbaugh that he got a piece of it. It's hard to tell on the broadcast replays and coaches' film, but he wasn't credited with a block in the NFL's official stats.
Smith's reaction to the whole situation wasn't to stump for credit, though.
"I pretty much don't worry about that type of stuff, about being noticed, even though I did make a play," he said. "I just focus on the next one. Let that play be what it is, and just move on to the next one."
With a punt block by cornerback Asa Jackson against the Arizona Cardinals followed up by a blocked extra point against the San Diego Chargers, the Ravens now have (unofficially) come up with a block in three straight games. Smith said it's something the unit takes pride in, and acknowledged there's only one way to get the credit that Jackson got for his consecutive blocks.
"Just go out there and make another play," Smith said. "I know that's what coach Harbaugh told me. 'We didn't notice it this time, just go do it again.' "