Baltimore Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith speaks at a news conference after NFL football minicamp, Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (Photo: AP)
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Taking over for Ray Lewis was never really a problem last season for Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith.
Signed as a free agent in June 2013, Smith stepped into a position that Lewis held for 17 seasons. The newcomer led the Ravens with 123 tackles and set career highs with five sacks and three interceptions.
For Smith, it wasn't about replacing for Lewis. It was about continuing the high level of play Smith displayed during a nine-year run with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Speaking Thursday after the final day of mandatory minicamp, Smith said of replacing Lewis: "I never really did think about it until it was brought up in a setting like this."
The 32-year-old Smith says he wants to finish his career with Baltimore.