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WR Steve Smith - Baltimore Ravens

5-9, 179Born: 5-12-1979College: UtahDrafted: Round 3

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Smith sure looks like the #1 receiver for the Ravens right now. He isn't a regular big play threat, but he offers a solid weekly PPR floor.

Week 3: at Cleveland Browns

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs CIN 0 0 0 15 7 118 1 0
2 vs PIT 0 0 0 10 6 71 0 0
3 at CLE PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
3 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
3 at CLE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs CIN (15 / 7 / 118 / 1 rec)

Steve Smith produced mixed results in his debut but proved he can still be a high end contributor. He opened the game snagging a pass thrown behind him for a first down on third and short but he would end up missing opportunities before repaying Flacco with a big play. Smith dropped a slant pattern after taking a hit, but it was a play NFL receivers have to make. His next target was a deep crossing pattern where he streaked open 15 yards downfield but couldn't secure a Flacco pass a little behind him. Again it was a play that should have been made. Smith was credited with another drop on an ugly, late Flacco pass but he did well just to get a hand on it. That's when Smith hit his stride. He made nice catches on slant routes and fought for yards on screen passes. Smith showed his veteran savvy as Flacco escaped the pocket; he eluded his man deep downfield, caught a bomb and then threw Pacman Jones to the ground with one arm before walking into the end zone.

2014 Week 2 vs PIT (10 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith came out and made a statement with his intensity from the first snap. Even more apparent than his feistiness are his quickness and burst. Smith ran a little hitch route against off coverage then proceeded to make Cortez Allen miss badly and drew a facemask penalty on top of it. Smith's next reception was remarkably similar to the first. Facing off coverage, Smith ran a quick slant and turned a 2 yard reception into a 20 yard gain with hard cuts and smart running. In the red zone Flacco turned down two open targets to give Smith a chance to make a play in the corner of the end zone but the pass was overthrown. Smith received another end zone target as he flashed across Polamalu on a slant route and nearly secured the pass but it was jarred loose by a hard hit from Mitchell. However, the hit was deemed illegal and a personal foul was awarded. Smith converted back to back 3rd downs for the Ravens. The first was a curl against off coverage. The second was a slant route he exploded up field on, picking up 20 yards and another facemask penalty. Smith got another catch on a shallow cross on the 5 yard line but was swarmed by defenders before he could get to the end zone. Smith was peppered with red zone targets which may explain the Ravens red zone inefficiency. However, if the trend continues, Smith could end up with double digit touchdowns.

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Latest News

Ravens | Steve Smith targeted heavily (Fri Sep 12, 08:46 AM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith was targeted 10 times in Week 2 and hauled in six catches for 71 yards. WR Torrey Smith had just three targets and caught one pass for 10 yards in the game.

Our View: Torrey Smith appears to be a decoy in this offense, instead of the featured X receiver that Andre Johnson was in Gary Kubiak's offense in Houston. He's not droppable, but he's not startable until we see more involvement in offense. Steve Smith is still a WR3/Flex at best with limited weekly upside, but he has a lot more value than we thought he would.
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Schedule

3@ Cleveland Browns
4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Indianapolis Colts
6@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7vs Atlanta Falcons
8@ Cincinnati Bengals
9@ Pittsburgh Steelers
10vs Tennessee Titans
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New Orleans Saints
13vs San Diego Chargers
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns