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Jimmy Smith: 'Straight line speed I have to say Perriman'

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Jimmy Smith explains to the media how exactly Perriman is faster than former Ravens wideout Torre Smith.

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Cornerback Jimmy Smith may have hurt 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith's feelings. Smith, who clocked a 4.36-forty yard dash time in 2011 enticed the Ravens brass enough to select him in the second round of the NFL Draft. He's production paid dividends for the offense, in his second year hauling in eight touchdowns and earning himself a juicy Super Bowl ring in 2012.

But the cornerback who covered him knows best and described the difference, specifically speed, between the rookie Breshad Perriman and the former Raven.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So Jimmy...who is faster? <a href="http://t.co/ianDXfG2th">http://t.co/ianDXfG2th</a></p>&mdash; Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ravens/status/627559500199755776">August 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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"Perriman straight out, I think is unbelievably fast. Torrey, will jog a route and when the ball gets in the air, will take off on you. Can't catch him. So there's a different way they run their routes."

I'm grateful that Perriman's forty-yard dash speed was timed at a 4.22, which is .14 seconds faster than Smiths'. Hopefully he's aggressive when attacking the ball at its highest point and he breezes past secondaries like Randy Moss did. ... What I'm still trying to figure out is why Smith would "jog a route" before the ball's in the air in the first place.