Big things will be expected out of Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith in 2015.
Having emerged as a true No. 1 corner, the Ravens felt the sting of losing Smith to a Lisfranc sprain a year ago. It's been a tough road to recovery for the former first-round pick but one Smith feels confident he'll come back strong from. Smith has been rehabbing at the team's facility in Owings Mills, Md. with hopes of being 100 percent for the upcoming season.
"In the beginning, it was rough because of how much it hurt," Smith told BaltimoreRavens.com's Garrett Downing. "When you get off [the boot], you have to rebuild all of those muscles and tendons, and everything is popping in there. It hurts."
Smith has reported no setbacks thus far with everything on track for the corner. Smith only got to play in eight games a year ago and recorded 28 tackles and one interception. With the injury, he's had plenty of time to rest. Therefore, he has his eyes set on coming back at full strength
"Everybody is out resting, enjoying their vacation. My vacation is here," Smith told Downing. "My whole mindset and focus this whole offseason is just to get healthy. I'm basically never stepping away from the game this year. I've been doing this since I've been hurt.
"Usually you're taking trips and vacations, but now I'm here grinding just trying to get healthy."