WR Steve Smith - Baltimore Ravens
|5-9, 179||Born: 5-12-1979||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 3|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Not that you thought Smith was going to remain a WR1, but after the last three weeks, you have to wonder if he'll even be a WR2. The Ravens have good balance on offense, and a good enough defense to keep them out of shootouts. Smith will have a few more outbursts this year, but his must-start status is not a given now.
General News (Fri Oct 24): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.
General News (Thu Oct 23): did not practice on Thursday (he was excused).
Week 8: at Cincinnati Bengals
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Joe Flacco and company came down for the five TD high of Week 6 to a more sedate 16/25 for 258 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown vs. Atlanta, with one sack taken for -10 yards. Torrey Smith was 1/2 a yard from having two TD receptions last weekend (he finished with five targets for 3/81/1), while Steve Smith saw part-time duty and finished with five targets for 5 targets for 3/67/0 receiving on the day. Owen Daniels has a constant presence vs. Atlanta with nine targets for 6/58/1 - he seems to be in a comfort zone with Flacco right now. It's all good for the Ravens' offense heading into Week 8. The Bengals' defense has been shattered over the past two weeks - their linebacking corps is banged up (see BAL's rushing matchup) and starting CB Leon Hall suffered a back injury that pushed him out of the game last weekend. Andrew Luck (27/42 for 335 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown) and Cam Newton (29/46 for 284 net yards, two TDs and one interception) have both enjoyed excellent outings against the Bengals over the past two weeks. Flacco and company have another great matchup to work with this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs IND (7 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Steve Smith wasn't as involved as he usually is and faced much more man to man coverage than in previous weeks from a pesky Vontae Davis. Smith made his first catch on a slant beating Davis inside and extending his arms for a nice catch and 16 yards. On one play Smith wasn't covered by Davis, he drew a 28 yard pass interference penalty as he tried to run past Toler. Steve Smith dropped a 3rd down conversion to stall a drive. Smith was contained well by the Colts who didn't allow him to do damage after the catch or get separation downfield.
2014 Week 6 vs TB (6 / 5 / 110 / 1 rec)
Steve Smith had another dominate game. Smith got an end zone target but could only get one hand on the pass. Smith ran a double move against Verner who didn't bite on the fake but Smith accelerated and fought past him to catch a well thrown deep ball from Flacco for a 56 yard touchdown. Smith caught a nicely timed slant route for 13 yards. On a later possession Smith caught 3 targets to power a scoring drive. The first was a deep in route for 18 yards. The second was a well-timed comeback. The third was a slant just in front of the defender. Smith remains the Ravens' key chain mover and very involved in the offense.
2014 Week 7 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 67 / 0 rec)
Steve Smith had a relatively quiet game when he wasn't jawing with Desmond Trufant. The two were constantly at each other's necks and Smith ripped off Trufant's helmet after an interception. Smith's first reception was negated by penalty. It was a screen thrown under duress Smith turned into 9 yards. Smith's next reception was a slant between 2 defenders in zone. Smith did well to secure the low pass. Smith showed his acceleration and top end speed are still strong assets for him. He took a quick screen pass outrunning the defense for 49 yards.
Latest NewsRavens | Steve Smith should play (Fri Oct 24, 02:08 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is listed as probable for Week 8. link to story Ravens | Steve Smith resting up (Thu Oct 23, 05:19 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (non-injury) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Our View: Just some veteran rest here. Smith should be back in action on Friday.
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