WR Steve Smith - Baltimore Ravens
|5-9, 179||Born: 5-12-1979||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 3|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Smith is back to working the short stuff, and Joe Flacco is doing a decent job of spreading the ball around, so he's just a low ceiling WR3/Flex against the Texans this week.
General News (Tue Dec 16): became the 18th player in NFL history with 900 career catches in the Week 15 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Week 16: at Houston Texans
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco hasn't had to throw the ball much in order to win games of late - last week, the Ravens got a blocked punt return for a TD to open the game (Flacco threw 20/30 for 221 yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with zero sacks taken vs. Jacksonville), while two weeks ago they posted 31/183/2 rushing as a team at Miami (Flacco owned 7/16/1 rushing to go with his 25/33 for 269 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -5 yards). The good news for Flacco is that Torrey Smith's balky knee (he didn't catch a ball in Week 14 and was used as a decoy) is in better shape and Smith managed 2/16/0 receiving out of three targets vs. Jacksonville, while Marlon Brown (five targets for 5/66/0), Owen Daniels (nine for 4/62/1) and Steve Smith (five for 5/37/0) all saw a good bit of action despite the restricted number of TD passes during Week 15. We'll see if the Ravens open things up a bit more for Flacco and company against Houston. Houston's pass D is ranked 26th in the NFL averaging 257.1 net yards allowed per game, with 25 passing scores given up to date vs. 17 interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and 31 sacks (tied for 22nd) generated. Last week, Indianapolis was held to a surprisingly stingy 18/34 for 168 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown (with two sacks taken for -19 yards), while Jacksonville was in the same neighborhood two games ago (20/40 for 188 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -17 yards). Of late, the Texans' pass D is much stronger than their season average would indicate. This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Ravens.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs SD (4 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Steve Smith had a horrid game. Smith beat Wright deep and drew a flag for pass interference in the end zone but that was his lone highlight. Smith had a slant route go through his hands. Smith dropped another pass after coming wide open on a crossing route. A few plays later Smith caught a pass despite tight coverage from Flowers in the end zone but Smith lost the ball going to the ground.
2014 Week 14 vs MIA (11 / 7 / 70 / 1 rec)
Steve Smith missed a few chances for a bigger day statistically but made plays and helped his team win. Smith slipped out of his break on his first target and watched the pass sail over his head. He came back the next play and took a shallow cross for 8 yards. Smith again came wide open on a crossing route, caught the pass and sprinted towards the sideline picking up 27 yards. In the red zone Smith dropped a would-be touchdown with Brent Grimes in tight coverage. Smith caught his touchdown with 4 seconds left in the half coming open off of play action for the 1 yard score. Smith caught a screen pass the Dolphins saw coming a mile away and lost 4 yards. Smith made a catch on a curl route, slipped a tackle, and ran out of bounds gaining 15 yards. Flacco came back to Smith who beat Grimes for 18 yards on a back shoulder throw down the sideline.
2014 Week 15 vs JAX (5 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Steve Smith was another casualty of the game plan. Smith's only receptions were on curl routes and he was never able to create separation deep or slip a tackle for a big gain.
Latest NewsRavens | Steve Smith reaches milestone (Sun Dec 14, 11:12 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith became the 18th player in NFL history with 900 career catches in the Week 15 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. link to story Ravens | Steve Smith expected to play (Fri Dec 12, 02:31 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (illness) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 12, but is listed as probable for Week 15. link to story Ravens | Steve Smith does not practice (Thu Dec 11, 04:08 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (non-injury) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 11. Our View: This is likely just some veteran rest. We love Smith's upside as a WR3/flex play against the Jaguars in Week 15.
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