Leaner Jimmy Smith shows his speed on Big Hit


If Super Bowl XLVII has taught us anything, it’s that you can always count on Jimmy Smith on the goal line.

Smith made the defensive play of the day Wednesday when he punched tight end Nick Boyle just before the goal line in a “live” drill near the end of practice.

Boyle caught the pass at the 1-yard line and looked ready to sail into the end zone, but Smith came quickly, scratching the line of scrimmage. His hit sparked a boisterous defensive celebration and punctuated a good day for the whole unit.

“Hats off to Jimmy, he had a good game,” Boyle said. “I let my guard down a bit when I grabbed this, I thought I was wide open. I have to have a better sense of urgency there – picking up, coming in and going into the end zone. I guess he was shooting. ”

It surprised Boyle that Smith closed so quickly, but it could be the new normal for the veteran cornerback. Head coach John Harbaugh revealed after training that Smith has lost 10 to 12 pounds this offseason while keeping his muscles going.

“Jimmy is legit,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a really big, thick guy in his low 220s. He’s maybe 207 now, 208, somewhere in there. I really think it helped him. I think he looks quick and quick, really great there. Jimmy has a really good side. “


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