With Cary Williams apparently set to start at cornerback, speculation has intensified on who will start at the other spot in the Ravens’ season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
One candidate, rookie Jimmy Smith, said after Friday’s practice that he has not received any confirmation that he could be the other starter.
Asked if he’d like to know sooner rather than later, Smith said, “It doesn’t matter. If I’m starting, I’m starting. But I’ll be going in with the same mentality anyway.”
Smith, the organization’s first-round pick in April, is a big, physical talent who can match up with the Steelers’ speedy corps of wide receivers.
But Domonique Foxworth is listed ahead of Smith in the depth chart, and he joined Williams as the starter in the team’s last two preseason games. Foxworth was unavailable for comment after practice.
Whatever unfolds on Sunday, Smith said he’s not concerned with his status as a starter.
“My focus is on winning the game more than anything,” he said. “Starting and all that, that’s minor to me. I’m going to play regardless. I want to win the game. So that’s what really matters.”Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times