The Ravens vs. Bengals matchup in Week 5 saw many great plays and various players on the Ravens were extremely valuable to the end result. As far as players go who nobody seems to be talking about, though, Jimmy Smith surely meets that criteria.
It makes sense; nothing he did was very flashy nor did he force any turnovers like his two other compatriots at the cornerback position did. However, what Smith brought to the table was consistency and getting extra value out of him in this game than what, frankly, most would expect at this point in his career.
The @Ravens are the first team to ever have FIVE defensive backs register a sack, according to @pfref’s database.— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) October 12, 2020
All 5 starting DBs got to Joe Burrow Sunday ...
• Jimmy Smith
• DeShon Elliott
• Marcus Peters
• Chuck Clark
• Marlon Humphrey pic.twitter.com/n0JcpXHrjL
Smith was targeted three times in the game but only allowed one catch for six yards. As a result, Joe Burrow had a mere 42.4 quarterback rating when throwing towards Smith’s direction. On top of all of that, he also managed to rack up a sack despite not being sent to blitz very often at all.
Smith in this game was not nearly as flashy or not quite as impactful as others on this team but when it comes to those who seemingly go completely unnoticed, No. 22 was the man in Week 5.