WR Steve Smith - Baltimore Ravens
|5-9, 179||Born: 5-12-1979||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 8 vs SD (7 / 5 / 82 / 0 rec)
Steve Smith's first target fell incomplete but pass interference could have been called; Jason Verrett pulled Smith's arm down as he reached to make the catch. Flacco went back to him on a quick throw to the flat the next play but Verrett wrestled Smith out of bounds after a gain of 3. Smith was well covered initially but ran up field as Flacco escaped the pocket and boxed out Verrett to haul in the jump ball for 46 yards. Smith ran a crossing route again beating Verrett for 9 yards. Smith gained 8 on a curl route and fought for yardage before being gang tackled by 4 defenders. Smith sat down underneath the zone coverage caught the pass from Flacco and exploded up field slipping a tackle for 17 yards. After he was tackled Smith immediately pointed to his ankle and signaled for trainers to assist him. Smith tore his Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season.
2015 Week 7 vs ARI (9 / 5 / 78 / 0 rec)
Steve Smith got off to a hot start but faced tight coverage down the stretch. Smith had a 5 yard reception nullified by offsetting penalties. Smith took a shallow crossing route and muscled his way down the sideline for a gain of 22. Smith slammed on the breaks and caught a laser from Flacco on a deep comeback route for 16 yards. Lined up from the slot, Smith ran a rub route down the seam and Flacco found him just in front of Reshad Johnson for a gain of 29. Smith picked up 7 more yards on a shallow crossing route before being spun out of bounds. Smith should continue to get numerous targets as the Ravens only viable downfield option in the passing game.
2015 Week 6 vs SF (10 / 7 / 137 / 1 rec)
Steve Smith returned from injury and provided a spark for the downfield passing game of the Ravens. Smith looked quick and explosive but not quite as eager as usual to initiate contact. Smith's first reception was a slow developing crossing route against zone coverage for 19 yards. Smith exploded off the line in the red zone on a slant route but dropped a potential touchdown in the back of the end zone. Smith found a hole in the 49ers defense on an in route before spinning up field and ducking out of bounds for 29 yards. Smith dropped another touchdown pass from Flacco on what would have been a diving 19 yard catch. Smith redeemed himself by leaping and snatching a heave from Flacco in the corner of the end zone beating Kenneth Acker for the 34 yard touchdown. Smith had a 12 yard reception negated by penalty. Smith caught a bullet from Flacco running down the seam just in front of safety Trumaine Brock for 19 yards. Smith's final reception again came over the middle, in front of the safeties but behind the linebackers gaining 22.
2015 Week 4 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Steve Smith caught his first target on an out route, picking up 12, and came up gimpy after Lawrence Timmons caught him by the ankle. Smith returned a few plays later and did not appear to be favoring his ankle. Smith's second reception was a quick screen yielding only 5 yards. Smith was brought down by Mike Mitchell on the play and it may have been the source of Smith's back contusion that later held him out of the game. Smith made back to back catches in the third quarter before leaving the game with a back injury. He was hit by Timmons and Blake as he reached for a first down. Smith stretched with trainers and rode the stationary bike but was unable to return. Smith didn't see any downfield targets before leaving with injury.
2015 Week 3 vs CIN (17 / 13 / 186 / 2 rec)
Steve Smith was a target hog for the Ravens not only being peppered by targets throughout the game downfield but also receiving quick screen passes. His first two receptions were quick swing passes only amounting to 10 yards as the Bengals rallied to the ball and tackled well. Smith dropped a quick screen on his next target with room to run. Then on the following play Smith had a deep pass from Flacco hit him in the chin as he wrestled with Dre Kirkpatrick for position. Kirkpatrick was flagged for illegal contact on the incompletion. Smith's next reception was a crossing pattern for 13 yards. Smith's first chunk play came on the opening possession of the second half when he snagged a bullet from Flacco over the middle on a post route for 20 yards. Smith picked up 13 more on a shallow crossing route a few plays later. On fourth down Smith showed his strength catching a curl route short of the first marker slipped a Kirkpatrick tackle, breezed by Rey Maualuga and sprinted into the end zone for a 50 yard touchdown. Smith was sprung free by two key blocks from Marlon Brown. Smith picked up another 20 yards beating Adam Jones over the middle as a shallow crosser occupied the middle linebacker. Facing 2nd and 20 Flacco went to Smith on back to back plays. First a shallow crossing route added 8 yards to Smith's totals. Then Smith slipped a Leon Hall tackle on an out route for 14 more yards. Smith capped the drive with a 16 yard touchdown on a back shoulder throw as he jousted for position with Kirkpatrick. Smith did make another clutch 5 yard catch on 4th down but it was negated by a facemask penalty.
2015 Week 2 vs OAK (16 / 10 / 150 / 0 rec)
Smith was targeted a whopping 16 times (35% of Flacco's 45 attempts) and made the most of his opportunities with just under 10 yards per target. It was a special performance by the veteran as the degree of difficulty on many of the catches was extremely high and he just made big play after big play. Early in the game, Smith made a spectacular leaping grab down the sideline for what would have been a long catch, but wasn't able to keep both feet in. A couple plays later, he made a sweet jumping grab on a crossing route for a 37-yard gain that set the Ravens up with 1st-and-goal. He was targeted in the end zone two plays later on a jump ball opportunity but was well covered. Smith made a pair of impressive grabs for big gains in the two-minute offense before half to setup a field goal. Smith ran an amazing route late in the 4th quarter to get wide open in the end zone. Unfortunately, Flacco threw it way high. Smith twisted and leaped high to make the difficult catch but the misthrow pulled him too far outside and he only got one foot down. Overall, it was an inspired performance from Smith who was the best player on the field.
2015 Week 1 vs DEN (7 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Line up for most of the day against Aqib Talib, Steve Smith faced the perfect storm of circumstances. When Flacco had time, Smith struggled to get open. When Smith managed to get open, Flacco was hurried. On one third-and-2 play, Smith got open over the middle and Flacco had time to throw it, but Talib's closing speed enabled him to recover and defend the pass. While he was unable to do anything on offense, Baltimore did put Steve Smith on punt return duty against Denver, and Smith's 32 return yards were the first he's had since the 2010 season.
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