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89 Steve Smith WR
Height/Weight: 5-9/195 | Birthdate: 5/12/1979 | Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: Utah | NFL Experience: 14 | Owned/Started%: 98/49 | Average Draft Position: 135.16
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Steve Smith makes big plays in big win over Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:43 pm ET) Wide receiver Steve Smith continued to make a huge impact on his new team Sunday. He not only led the way for the Ravens with five receptions for 101 yards, but he made the catch that allowed his team to best the Browns.

Smith snagged a 33-yard pass from Joe Flacco with just over a minute left to set up the game-winning field goal. If not for that play, those numbers would not have mattered.

"When I line up, I think there's no better option than myself," he told the team website after the victory. "That's what we're here for - to make plays."

Smith has made plenty of plays in two games, including catches of 25 and 30 yards against fine Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden on Sunday. He aleady has 13 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown. He will seek to pile on to those impressive numbers when his team hosts Carolina in Week 4.


Steve Smith leads the way for the Ravens Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith led the way Week 2 against the Steelers. 

Smith led the team in receptions, targets and yards. Smith finished with six catches for 71 yards. He emerged as Joe Flacco's go to target during the contest. On top of that, Smith drew two facemask penalties and an unnecessary roughness flag, helping his team gain additional yards. 

Smith will take on the Browns Week 3. 


Big play punctuates Steve Smith's stellar debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith turned back the clock and put up a huge performance in his first game with his new team Sunday, in a 23-16 loss to the Bengals in Week 1.

Smith did much of his damage on one big play, as he beat the defense for an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth. That capped off a seven-catch, 118 yard performance, as he emerged quickly as a favorite target of quarterback Joe Flacco, who looked his way 15 times.

Smith showed he can still dominate at the age of 35, and will look to keep rolling in Week 2, as they get set to face the Steelers Thursday. 


Questions about Steve Smith's role cloud value


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith will be wearing a new uniform for the first time in his career this Sunday, as he gets set to make his Ravens debut in Week 1 against the Bengals.

Smith has historically been a good Week 1 performer, having scored at least 10 Fantasy points in four straight season openers, but that streak could come to an end this season. He is set to be the No. 2 receiver for the Ravens, and has a tough matchup on the way against a Bengals defense that allowed the ninth-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers a year ago.

The Ravens No. 2 receiver managed just seven receptions for 47 yards in two games against the Bengals a year ago, though Marlon Brown did manage to find the end zone. Smith might find a consistent role in the Ravens offense, but none of our Fantasy experts have him listed as a starting-caliber option for Sunday's game. He is enough of a question mark at this point that he is hard to rely on in most Fantasy leagues for Week 1. 


Joe Flacco loves throwing to Steve Smith


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco targeted free agent acquisition Steve Smith seven times in Saturday's game against the Redskins, hitting him six times for 80 yards and a touchdown. Smith showed his ability to break tackles as well as get behind the secondary.

"He runs with the ball well," Flacco told the Baltimore Sun. "He's strong, he's powerful, he's quick and he's fast, so he can break tackles. He's going to help us out a lot. We're getting on the same page. Every day, we're getting better and better."


Steve Smith scores, racks up 80 yards in third preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith had another impressive showing and looked like his explosive self during Saturday's dress rehearsal game against the Washington.

Smith caught a 24-yard touchdown strike from Joe Flacco in the second quarter. He was targeted seven times and finished with six receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown, averaging 13.3 yards per grab.


Steve Smith 'puts on a show'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) New Ravens receiver Steve Smith "put on a show" in the team's first training camp practice, reports ESPN.com. Smith faked out starting corner Lardarius Webb on an out route, then beat Webb and projected No. 3 corner Chykie Brown on deep passes, the report said.

The website also credited Smith with raising the intensity level at practice.


Steve Smith gets into a fight at Ravens minicamp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) It didn't take long for new Ravens receiver Steve Smith to show his fiery side to his teammates. Known for getting into altercations at practice with his Panthers teammates, Smith got into it with cornerback Ladarius Webb after the two crashed into each other following a catch by Smith on Wednesday. 

Smith shoved Webb and they exchanged unpleasantries which included Smith threatening Webb if they bang into each other again. 


Steve Smith bringing an edge to Ravens


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) New Ravens receiver Steve Smith has been everything he was advertised to be, reports the Baltimore Sun. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees told his defensive backs not to make Smith angry because he plays better when he's mad.

"Leave him alone, let sleeping dogs lie," Pees said. "He's a heck of a player. He's made some grabs out here. He's a tough guy. He's everything advertised. I'm glad he's on our team."

Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Smith is getting more comfortable in the Ravens' scheme and letting his talent emerge. "He's just so competitive," Kubiak told the paper.

"He brings an edge to practice all the time. He challenges people as far as how you play, how you go about doing things. He challenged coaches, too. Every good offense that I've been around has had a few of those guys saying, 'Get me the ball, coach.' And that's a good thing. That's what you want. He works to get the ball, so that's what's impressive to me."


Steve Smith enjoying time with Flacco


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/2/2014) New Ravens receiver Steve Smith said he's a fan of quarterback Joe Flacco's arm strength, reports Comcast Sports Net.

"I've been an admirer of him, even just watching him in college at Delaware and then coming into the draft," Smith said. "You know, as a wide receiver you always kind of look at the quarterbacks in the draft every year to see which guys (have potential) and what they say about whom. How I evaluate a quarterback – if he's on the other hash and you run a comeback, where's your ball placement? Is the ball hitting the guy at the ankles, or is he hitting him in the chest? He throws a lot of good, easy balls that you can snag (with) one hand. It makes it look good so I like those."

Smith said he plans to run plenty of intermediate routes, while Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones handle the passes down the field.

"They can run deep routes and I'll run short routes," Smith said. "That's a great combination."


Ron Rivera: Steve Smith should ease off in practice sometimes


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said receiver Steve Smith, now with the Ravens, is still an explosive, dynamic player. But Rivera said the soon-to-be 35-year-old needs to take it easier in practice.

"He's going to wear himself down," Rivera said, per ESPN.com. "Steve wants to take every rep. I'll give you an example. We tell Steve, 'Today's your day off.' We go out there and he's in pads. He says, 'I just want to wear them out when I go through drills.' The next thing you know he's in team drills.

"That's just the way he is. He wants to do everything all the time."


Joe Flacco, receivers to get early start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will work out with his receivers before the team's offseason program.

"Joe has communicated that through texts, and Torrey [Smith] has told me that they have a session planned and are trying to work out the dates," coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings. "I'll be looking forward to seeing how it goes. It is important. It's big."

Flacco's receiving corps includes Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones and tight end Dennis Pitta. Flacco threw 19 touchdowns and a career-high 22 interceptions last year.


Harbaugh: Steve Smith has plenty left


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday that new receiver Steve Smith can still play at a high level.

"I think Steve Smith can still play," Harbaugh said. "We watched the tape — not just from last year but previous years. Numbers are part of it. He's not the same jet that he was when he was younger.

"After the catch, what he used to do is he would make a catch and he'd run a wide arc and just outrun the defender. That’s the one thing that you don't see anymore. He'll usually get tackled on an angle now. But that’s something he's even talked about improving and making a tighter transition after the catch and getting upfield after the catch more quickly, so that's something he's probably going to adapt. But he's still got plenty left. He's going to help us."


Steve Smith okay being a 'complementary dude'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) New Ravens receiver Steve Smith, a five-time Pro Bowler, said he has no problem being the No. 2 receiver to Torrey Smith. “I don’t see myself in coach [Gary] Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith told the team's website. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter.

“I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”

Steve Smith gets $3.5 million signing bonus


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Steve Smith's three-year contract with the Ravens is worth $11 million, including a $3.5 million signing bonus, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The Panthers' all-time leading receiver said he chose Baltimore because he loves coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens' offensive scheme.

"There was a lot of familiarity, and it had a fresh perspective," he said.

Smith gets to face his old team in 2014, a game he said will feature "blood and guts everywhere."


Report: Ravens land WR Steve Smith


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/14/2014) It took one day for the Ravens to get receiver Steve Smith on board. ESPN reports that the two sides reached an agreement after the Panthers cut Smith on Thursday. It appears to be a three-year deal.

Smith caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns last year, numbers that tumbled for the third consecutive season. Smith had 17 plays of 20-plus yards in 2012 but just four in 2013. His longest catch was for 44 yards. 


Steve Smith to meet with Ravens first


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Recently released wide receiver Steve Smith is not wasting much time getting over his release by the Panthers Thursday, as he has already set up his first free agency visit. According to ESPN.com, Smith will meet with the Ravens Friday about possibly joining the team as an unrestricted free agent.

Smith seemed to lose a step in 2013, posting his lowest yards per catch average in a healthy season. He finished with 745 yards on 64 receptions, with four touchdowns in 15 games. 


Steve Smith is officially a free agent


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) The Panthers have officially released Steve Smith. The veteran receiver spent 13 seasons with the team. He caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns, numbers that tumbled for the third consecutive year. Smith had 17 plays of 20-plus yards in 2012 but just four in 2013. His longest catch was for 44 yards. 

Per the Charlotte Observer, Smith did have the opportunity to name five teams he wanted to get traded to but a deal couldn't be consummated. The five teams -- Baltimore, Dallas, New England, San Diego and Tampa Bay -- could be potential landing spots for Smith. ESPN has already reported that the Ravens are a "favorite" to land Smith's services.


Steve Smith's release reportedly happening Thursday


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) A league source says the Panthers will release 13-year veteran Steve Smith on Thursday, according to The Sports Xchange's Bill Voth. Smith will be designated as a post-June 1 cut, meaning the $4 million in dead salary cap space he'll cost the Panthers will be spread out over two seasons. 

Smith was viewed as a "distraction" inside the organization after underwhelming last year. He caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns, numbers that tumbled for the third consecutive year. Smith had 17 plays of 20-plus yards in 2012 but just four in 2013. His longest catch was for 44 yards. 

There is already speculation via ESPN that the Ravens will ink Smith to a contract following his release.


Steve Smith tweets goodbye to Panthers fans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Panthers receiver Steve Smith, expected to be released soon, tweeted his goodbye to Panthers fans. "I will always be a Carolina Panther, no contract can ever change that," Smith wrote, adding Charlotte will always be his home.

Smith said he "still has a little bit of football left."


Steve Smith won't play for Panthers next year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The agent for Carolina receiver Steve Smith, Derrick Fox, told the Associated Press that his client "is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that. I just don't know when that transaction is going to take place."

Fox expects the Panthers, who are trying to trade Smith, to release him. The team has not asked Smith to restructure his deal. The five-time Pro Bowler is Carolina's all-time leading receiver.

Baltimore has been mentioned as a potential landing spot.


Report: Steve Smith's release not happening right away


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/11/2014) The Panthers might eventually have to part ways with Steve Smith, but according to NFL Network it's not happening Tuesday

Between Smith's contract and his production after last season speculation has long been that he will get released. There have already been reports that if he is released that the Ravens will line up for him. But there was also a report that the Panthers were trying to trade Smith. 

The veteran is due to count $7 million against the salary cap in 2014. 


Report: Ravens could be Steve Smith's next team


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Should the Panthers release wideout Steve Smith on Tuesday, the Ravens "are expected to emerge as a strong potential landing spot," reports the Baltimore Sun. Smith "fits the Ravens' mold as an aggressive, tough wide receiver who could fill the void that the team has had since Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers before last season," the report said.

The Buccaneers are another potential destination, according to the paper.


Report: Panthers trying to trade Steve Smith


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) The Panthers are trying to trade 34-year-old wideout Steve Smith, reports NFL Network. A deal seems unlikely given Smith's age and his $7 million cap number, the report said.

Smith met with general manager Dave Gettleman last week to discuss his future with the team.


Steve Smith still preparing to be in Carolina


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) Panthers receiver Steve Smith was vague and evasive about his future with the team, reports ESPN. 

Smith was asked specifically about his meeting with general manager Dave Gettleman on Tuesday to discuss why the organization has been so vague about him returning. He avoided specifics.

"Here's all I have to say about it," Smith said. "I am working out and doing all the things as I am a Carolina Panther. That's where I am. And I'll continue to move forward until I am told otherwise."

The Panthers could decide to release Smith, 34, soon. He is scheduled to make $4 million this year and count $7 million against the salary cap.