Ravens’ Jimmy Smith moving to safety will be ‘wait and see’ experiment
The Baltimore Ravens are currently loaded in the secondary, which could lead to Jimmy Smith having a new role in 2020. After re-signing with the Ravens, Smith moving to safety is a ‘wait and see’ experiment.
“It’s a wait and see thing. . . . Jimmy’s already done what Brandon Carr did last year,” Martindale said, via Ryan Mink of the team’s official website. “We’ve put him against good tight ends to cover them in special situations.”
Smith, who was a first-round pick by Baltimore in the 2011 NFL Draft, has started in eight or more games for the Ravens since 2013. Just this past season, the veteran cornerback would make just five starts in Baltimore’s defense.
Nevertheless, the Ravens would re-sign Smith this offseason with the intention of utilizing him differently next season. Similar to how the team used Brandon Carr a season ago, Baltimore wants to deploy Smith in scheme-specific situations. Especially ones that involve the opposing team having a pass-catching tight end.
Despite playing in only nine games in 2019, Smith still contributed 30 combined tackles, six pass breakups, and an interception. Even though he is still a solid piece in Baltimore’s defense, the Ravens have an extremely talented secondary.
Besides Smith, Baltimore has Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters manning the top two cornerback spots. Plus, the Ravens are excited to get Tavon Young back as their nickel cornerback in 2020. Lastly, the Ravens have a safety duo of Earl Thomas and Chuck Clark — who had a strong finish last season.
For the past nine seasons, Smith has been a prominent member of Baltimore’s secondary. While he won’t be a starter next season, Smith is expected to have a vital role with the Ravens.