Jimmy Smith hopes that boxing makes him a better cornerback.

As part of his offseason training, Smith has turned to boxing as part of his conditioning work. Smith is not sparring, but he is going through some of a boxer’s training regimen and working with the speed bag. At OTA’s on Friday, Smith looked leaner and more cut than at any time since joining the Ravens.

Smith hopes being lighter will help him stay healthier.

"I’m about 10 pounds lighter this year, trying to stay about 200 pounds," Smith said. "Those (injured) groins kind of really hurt my game last year, playing with that throughout the season. I feel great, like I did in college."

Smith is competing with Corey Graham for a starting cornerback spot, as the Ravens revamp their secondary. Two veteran safeties from last season have departed – Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard. Free agent Michael Huff and rookie Matt Elam could be the starting safeties, but the entire secondary is adjusting to different responsibilities.

"It’s kind of different in team meetings, not having Ed in our DB meetings," Smith said. "Bigger learning curve this year for everybody else, because you don’t have Ed back there directing everything. You have some new guys trying to step into that leadership role.