“We were pretty young at corner last year. A lot of good players but just young,” Smith said, via Ben Goessling of the Minnesota Star Tribune. “There’s not a ton of guys like Pat out there, but having a guy like that come in at corner is big, not only his play, which is top notch, but just his presence and his knowledge, he can pass on to the young guys. Obviously safeties, corners, we’re always working together, so having vets on the outside and deep and young guys, it’s a good mix and we can learn a lot from each other.”
Smith added he and Woods have worked well in practice thus far.
“Working with Xavier as well, he’s a really smart guy, so that makes it — I don’t want to say easier — but it can make things smoother when you’ve got two guys back there that can stay ahead of plays,” Smith said. “Just getting on the field and working through adjustments, even if it’s just at a walk-through pace, is good just to communicate with each other, know how guys operate. Those guys up front are often interacting with the linebackers a little more than safeties, but you want kind of a well-oiled machine.”