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Receiver Marcus Smith checks in with his thoughts on heading to Cleveland.
I definitely feel going into every week that I want to contribute on the offensive side of the ball and on special teams. It's unfortunate what happened to Demetrius. He was working really hard, and probably should have gone on IR last week.
But now, it gives an opportunity to someone – whether that's me, Ernie [Wheelwright] or another guy – to come in and contribute. I hope that's me, but we'll see.
Playing in this offense is fun, though. Cam [Cameron] is always trying to spread the ball around, get it into the hands of his playmakers, so you have to be expecting the ball every time you line up. There's always a chance you are going to be the one that has to make the play. You never know when your number's going to be called, so you have to be ready.
Since I've been here, I feel like I'm learning a lot. The coaches have been great, and there are some things on the pro level that have helped me. I'm learning more about leverage and body position, how to get by DBs. Of course, there is learning in the classroom studying film, too.
It's different than in college. You could rely on your athletic ability most of the time, but you have to re-learn parts of your game at the next level. Each coach has a different style, and you have to adapt to that coach.
We're heading to Cleveland this weekend, which is a fast, physical team. We definitely know that we're going to have to establish the run, but that's kind of a key point every week. We've already played them once this year, so that helps, but they get their safety [Sean Jones] back, so that will be another challenge. Really, we just go into every week looking at what we can do and making the other team stop us.
I've been gaining confidence on the practice field, especially on special teams. I was a big-time special teamer before my time in the NFL, so I always thought that was a big part of my game. I've been evolving at that position, as well, just how to break a double-jam as a gunner and things like that. I'm trying to grow and play as many positions on special teams that I can. Wherever coach decides to put me in, I'm going to be ready.
That's about it. Things have been good for me in Baltimore. It's gotten to the point where it's a daily routine. You go to work in the morning, come home and watch film or watch a little bit of TV. But a great part is actually having a place that isn't a hotel with a roommate. You get your own quiet time.
It's even a lot different than in college. I feel like a lot of the guys are getting comfortable playing football and living in the city.
- Marcus Smith