Ravens corner Jimmy Smith back on field after Achilles tear

The Ravens have some surprises on the field in minicamp that have nothing to do with where Lamar Jackson lines up.

According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was participating during Wednesday’s practice, six months after tearing his Achilles.

Smith suffered the injury on Dec. 3, and while the team was hopeful he’d be ready for the regular season, having him do anything now is a good sign.

After 15 years of research and development by co-creators Scott Goldman and Jim Bowman, the AIQ debuted at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2012 and now has a database of more than 4,000 elite athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB and elite amateur athletes.

The test can be specific to any sport based on the tasks administered on a touch screen. The AIQ does not have written questions to answer like a traditional IQ test, but offers a more dynamic assessment — using 10 sub-tests that involve visual spatial processing, reaction time, decision-making and learning efficiency.

It’s part puzzle solving and part video game. A score of 100 is considered average and a score of 115 is superior. There is no reading requirement as the tests are non-verbal.

With an injury to free-agent acquisition Yu Darvish and mediocre performances from Tyler Chatwood and Jose Quintana this season, Chicago could certainly improve its rotation.

Alzolay could have been the help they needed down the line, but he is not an option anymore.

Hoyer could do nothing and the team would be fine, however, if the last few seasons have been any indication, Chicago does not like to stand pat.

Losing Alzolay could get the Cubs actively looking to pick up a Cole Hamels or a Michael Fulmer.

However, with the lack of depth in the system due to trades over the last few years (Chicago already traded Gleyber Torres to the Yankees and Eloy Jiminez and Dylan Cease to the White Sox in the last two years), they simply may not have the ammunition to get a deal done for one of the big names.

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