The Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith finally discusses the Lisfranc fracture which sidelined him a season ago. And now looking at the numbers it's a very obvious sight on his first half season play.
Jimmy refused to admit blame on the injury during the season, but now has started to disclose his personal feelings and issues after the regular season has ended.
"My foot was huge for me," Smith said to Garrett Downing of the Baltimore Ravens, "I didn't really realize how slow i was, or how much I couldn't cut or burst until I really got into live action."
Throughout the previous season and off-season Jimmy was training to only re-gain full motion and then working up to full-speed drills. Being sidelined for the pre-season games didn't help Smith to notice he wasn't particularly ready for the NFL game speed. And if we're being completely honest, him covering Kamar Aiken in practice, or any body not named Steve Smith Sr. is nothing compared to AFC North Rivals A.J. Green and Antonio Brown. That showed later on in the season when playing A.J. Green and the total yardage for star wide-out racked in 227 yards. Amari Cooper also torched Jimmy for an early touchdown in week two.
Jimmy Smith's first 8 games: Thrown at 56 times, allowed 461 yards. Last 8 games. Thrown at 25 times, 151 yards. https://t.co/aGjQAF02IS— Garrett Downing (@gdowning14) January 4, 2016
Good on Jimmy for never using an excuse for his bad play at the start of the season, but for also re-habbing back to his hyper-talented self and regaining the great cornerback play we all know and love. Especially after the lofty 4-year $48 million contract GM Ozzie Newsome dished out for him.