Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith grew up watching Broncos CB Champ Bailey, who first played for the Washington Redskins, blanket his positional predecessors. He says that he isn’t in awe of defenders of Bailey’s ilk -- that’s because he has been in the same locker room as Reed and linebacker Ray Lewis for nearly two seasons now -- but Smith still thinks it will be special lining up against Bailey, who could draw the assignment of covering him on Sunday.
“I remember him growing up. He was just a fast, play-making [cornerback], and he’s still the same guy,” Smith said. “I’m excited to play against him, but it’s weird. You watch him growing up and when you think of a shutdown corner, you think of Champ Bailey. I’m excited about the challenge. … He’s one of the greatest.”
In terms of QB rating, Champ Bailey is 17th in the league among CBs, so he'll definitely be a factor on Sunday. Smith is still a decent start, but the matchup is not good.