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Deja vu

When the regular season kicked off, both Smith and Williams began the season with limited playing time. But injuries to Evans (ankle) and Reed (shoulder) moved the two former Terrapins into consistent roles on the offense.

Smith has excelled in three starts, highlighted by a memorable performance against St. Louis during which he caught five passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns. His three touchdowns came on his first three receptions as an NFL receiver.

Williams has worked in the slot as the team’s third receiver. He’s caught two passes - the biggest coming against the Jets on a third down that kept a drive alive and the ball away from a New York team clamoring for a comeback.

But what’s unique for the two receivers, teammates and friends is where they are and where they were a year ago. In College Park, the two were attending position meetings, practices and leaning into the same huddle each Saturday.

A year later, the two are practically doing the same - attending positional meetings and workouts but listening to Joe Flacco call plays inside the Ravens‘ huddle.

“Now we’re playing with the big boys,” Smith said.