Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jimmy Smith gets his Ravens playbook

Plus Smith visits with the "Barfly"

OWINGS MILLS -- Due to the lockout rules that are now back in effect, the Baltimore Ravens weren't able to distribute playbooks to the majority of their draft picks.

However, first-round cornerback Jimmy Smith was able to get one. Smith flew in from California prior to the re-launch of the lockout Friday night.

"The rules are we're officially back into a lockout," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "We have an administrative stay. Once we're done with this press conference, then these young men have to return back to their homes or college campuses. The extent of what they can do is only marketing and media opportunities."

So, second-round wide receiver Torrey Smith wasn't able to get a playbook.

However, there's nothing stopping him from conferring with veterans like quarterback Joe Flacco and getting a copy.

"I think it'll have maybe a little effect," Torrey Smith said of the lockout. "But at the end of the day, you're going to have to prepare the best you can in order to make sure that when you do come, you get the call that you've got to report, you're ready.

"Luckily for me, I get the opportunity to connect with a bunch of these guys. Like I said, it's a 30- or 40-minute drive for me to get here, so I plan on getting in touch with those other guys, the vets, and see what's going on."

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