2. Cam Smith is the perfect replacement
The Fins drafted Cam Smith in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He was likely an insurance policy post 2023 when Howard or Ramsey could be out. However, he’s more than capable of being CB2 next to Xavien Howard in Vic Fangio’s defense.
Vic Fangio’s is known for his zone heavy scheme. Guess what? Cam Smith’s ability to read the field, identify routes, and match receivers inside his zone makes him a perfect fit. Smith also has the ability to react on the fly and with high level instincts.
Vic Fangio’s cornerbacks are not only expected to excel in coverage but also contribute as sure tacklers. Cam Smith’s enthusiasm as a tackler and willingness to engage in physical play make him a perfect match for this aspect of Fangio’s defense. Smith’s ability to shed blocks, finish tackles with force, and support the run game will be invaluable in Fangio’s quest to force opponents into uncomfortable situations.
Smith doesn’t have to worry about lining up and playing man that often. Fangio’s preference for the Cover 4 (Quarters) coverage, where defenders split the field into deep and shallow zones. Smith has the ability to match routes and matchup against taller wideouts on the boundary. He was likely going to be used as a rotational outside corner, now he gets to start.