No. Smith is blessed with the kind of size, speed and skills that defensive coordinators salivate over, and in due time, he should enjoy a long career with the team. But he has battled injuries in his short time in the NFL that have cut into his ability to wrestle the starting role away. Williams is not invincible and is coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. But he has largely avoided injuries in the preseason and isn't shy about being physical at the line of scrimmage or getting after running backs.
Who will return kicks and punts?
If the preseason is any indication, Jones will get the first crack at both duties. He is still the No. 3 wide receiver, but he should be the primary returner after ranking second on the team in the preseason in both areas. Don't be surprised if rookie cornerback Asa Jackson helps on punt returns. His 85-yard return against the Detroit Lions in the second preseason game was nullified by a holding penalty, but he has the speed to create separation. The one caveat is whether the coaching staff feels comfortable with having a rookie returning punts.
Will rookie kicker Justin Tucker prove that the Ravens made the right decision?
The organization might have taken a calculated risk by parting ways with incumbent Billy Cundiff and giving the job to Tucker. But it was a case of Tucker out-performing Cundiff in the preseason, not Cundiff underwhelming the coaching staff or observers. The key will be how Tucker fares when the team needs a game-winning field goal in crunch time in a significant contest.
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