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Ravens Sign Defensive Back Fish Smithson, Who Can't Swim


The Ravens now have a player named Fish who can't swim.

Free agent defensive back Fish Smithson was signed to the Ravens' 90-man roster Tuesday.

A Baltimore native, Smithson was an undrafted free agent from Kansas in 2017 who made the Washington Redskins practice squad and was promoted to their roster late that season. He played in two games and made one tackle.

The Redskins waived Smithson prior to the 2018 season, and he has since spent time on practice squads with the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers. He spent this summer with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who practiced with the Ravens for two days earlier in training camp.

His given name is Anthony, but everyone calls him Fish. The name was given to him by his grandmother because he loved to fish with his grandfather as a child. When he was with the Redskins, Smith was often teased because he can’t swim.

Smithson will likely action against his former team Thursday night when the Ravens visit the Redskins in the preseason finale. The Ravens will rest their starters and need players to gobble up snaps.

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