WR Steve Smith - Free Agent

6-0, 195Born: 5-6-1985College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2, pick 51 (2007)

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2012 Week 1 vs DET (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith does not look to be the Steve Smith from 2008/09 with the Giants and still appears to be working his way back into an offense. Smith had one catch; a nice grab over the middle between defenders for the big first down. Smith got few looks however and he was overshadowed by teammates Amendola and Gibson. The Rams also ran the ball a lot in this game. Smith doesn't have too much competition at WR for the Rams and could work his way back into a #2 role if all went perfectly, but he has to show a lot more for people to believe that.

2012 Week 2 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

The former Giants and Eagles slot machine showed that he is fully recovered from knee surgery and remains an NFL-quality level wide receiver. Smith chipped in three receptions for thirty-nine yards and came in a distant second to Danny Amendola in targets, with five. In St. Louis' first possession of the third quarter, Smith turned a short out route into a twenty-five yard gain, exhibiting impressive quickness and field vision.

2012 Week 3 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith was used only on passing downs, and he was really more of a WR4 for the Rams in this game. He was targeted three times in the game, but his only catch came in the second quarter - a quick slant where he made a nice catch and run for 15 yards.

2012 Week 6 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Smith did not see a big bump in production in Danny Amendola's absence this week. Instead, it was Chris Givens and Brandon Gibson making plays in the passing game. Smith got separation on a third down slant, but his target was batted down at the line of scrimmage. His lone reception came in the final minute of the game, working his way out of bounds in the two-minute drill after a clean catch.

2012 Week 7 vs GB (6 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)

Smith came in second on the Rams after Gibson in total targets, receiving six against the Packers. While his twenty-six yards receiving are not encouraging, the target volume Smith received showed promise. On a team with a stable of nondescript slot receivers, Smith has the pedigree to stand out and be a main contributor on this offense. As long as the opportunities are present - and Sam Bradford can hit an open man - Smith should be a difference-maker for the Rams.

2012 Week 10 vs SF (2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Smith was rarely used in this game. On his first catch, he ran a short out route and secured an accurate throw, but was taken down immediately. His second catch was also a short out route while Bradford was pressured, and again, Smith was taken down immediately, short of the 1st down.

2012 Week 13 vs SF (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Smith had a glaring drop in St. Louis' two minute offense. The ball was delivered on his back shoulder, and though Smith wasn't pressured, he was unable to secure the catch. His one reception came on a short route and the receiver was tackled immediately.

2011 Week 1 vs STL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith was active, but there was no sign of him. Vick did not target him once. As he recovers from injury, he should become more involved.

2011 Week 2 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Smith saw a slight uptick in snaps and workload during week 2 and he caught his first 2 passes of the season as well. He is clearly being brought along slowly but it should be just a matter of time before he takes over as the Eagles slot receiver and begins to garner more targets in the offense.

2011 Week 5 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith was active in the game but served as the #4 WR and was not targeted or involved in any play.

2011 Week 10 vs ARI (10 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Smith showed that he can be a good complementary receiver but looked out of place in a top 2 role. He doesn't exactly have a nose for the first down marker. Catching one over the middle and scrambling for the first down is good; going down voluntarily just short of it is not. He showed good awareness and athleticism getting to a ball from a scrambling Michael Vick, but ultimately couldn't hold on to it even though it was in his arms. Bottom line, he was too inconsistent to rely on.

2011 Week 11 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 14 / 1 rec)

Smith caught the first TD pass for the Eagles, making the most of his only catch against his former team. After a long punt return by fellow WR DeSean Jackson, Smith was on the field to give him a breather. He went in motion to the right and then ran a drag route all the way across to the left hash where Young found him wide open with a clear path to the endzone. He was not on the field much as Jackson, Avant, and Cooper were in nearly all 3 receiver sets.

2010 Week 1 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)

Smith was definitely Manning's favorite 'move the chains' guy, but he was also targeted for some deeper passes as well. His reliable hands and willingness to go for the tough catches when it counts keep him productive, especially in PPR leagues. Expect him to continue to do so barring injury, for the foreseeable future.

2010 Week 2 vs IND (9 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Even Manning's go to receiver had a quiet day, though he had more targets than his 4 catches might indicate. Smith had a few nice clutch first downs over the middle from Manning and was reliable using his quickness and route running; however he proved ineffective on deeper routes. Not being able to outrun safety Beathea and almost catching a Hail Mary pass from Manning were some notable points from Smith's game. He is always reliable for a high number of targets as Manning trusts him the most on third down, but he lacks true speed to ever be a true deep threat.

2010 Week 3 vs TEN (12 / 9 / 103 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith had a very usual Steve Smith game. Posting a typical stat line for a possession receiver, he worked the underneath passing game mostly. Smith can also exploit the middle of the field, and took a few big hits on some catches which he managed to hold onto. Despite looking out of synch with Manning early, he quickly got on the same page as him and began showing everybody why Manning trusts him so much. Smith caught a huge catch on a post pattern over the middle, took a shot, and made it look routine. He is good for a high number of targets every week. Smith again failed to beat a Titan CB on a go route, and just lacks the true legit speed to play anything but slot on a consistent basis.

2010 Week 4 vs CHI (8 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Smith caught all underneath passes from Eli, two that went for first downs. He got behind the defense on one long pass play but Eli underthrew him. Nicks is clearly the more dangerous WR but Smith continues to be involved in all aspects of the Giants passing game.

2010 Week 5 vs HOU (8 / 6 / 89 / 1 rec)

Smith had a very productive game, showing the great hands and aggressive ball catching attitude which has clearly endeared him to Eli Manning. Routinely targeted by Manning all day, Smith continued to make tough catches look easy, including his touchdown at the end of the game. On that play, the defender had good position on the throw, but Smith went vertical and reached over the player in order to haul in the pass. Smith continues to be a very important part of this offense.

2010 Week 6 vs DET (9 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)

Smith was a consistent target for Manning and while he was hampered somewhat by Eli Manning's inconsistency, Smith was able to use his athleticism to make some good catches. Late in the first quarter, Smith ran a great route, and made a great catch, holding onto the ball even when he was hit almost as soon as the ball arrived. Smith also made a great catch to start the Giants' first drive in the second half. Smith again ran a crisp route and made his usual good catch. After the catch he showed some great elusiveness, avoiding and breaking tackles as he tacked on several yards and got the first down. Smith continues to be a very reliable and productive player, able to put together good games even when his quarterback isn't at his best.

2010 Week 7 vs DAL (11 / 9 / 101 / 1 rec)

Smith had an great day including some terrific catches on what was a big passing day for Eli Manning. He caught a bunch of balls in the 10 yard range to move the chains. He pulled in a 32 yard pass over middle between 3 defenders. His 14 yard touchdown came in 1 on 1 coverage on a Cowboys blitz where Eli just heaved it up for him. Smith was open and had a chance for another touchdown but Eli overthrew him.

2010 Week 9 vs SEA (7 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)

Smith's totals could have been better, if not for a long pass that he dropped, which arguably pass interference but was not called. He did a fantastic job beating tight man coverage to make the catch, and used his quickness after the catch to zoom out of his crossing routes with the ball. Smith was a frequent target inside the 10 yard line, catching a short one over the middle at the 5, then stretching for the TD amid a few defenders.

2010 Week 14 vs MIN (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)


Steve Smith returned to action for the Giants in this game, and despite being listed as the starter, he didn't see a lot of action. His one reception was a quick slant pass that he took and turned up field. However, he was tackled after a short gain in what looked very close to a horse collar tackle. It was his only reception of the game. Smith left late in the 4th quarter with a hamstring injury and his status is questionable for next week.

2009 Week 1 vs WAS (8 / 6 / 80 / 0 rec)

Smith stepped up his game in Week 1 against the Redskins, leading all Giants receivers in catches and yardage. QB Eli Manning started to really look for Smith after the half and Smith rose to the occasion with several tough catches over the middle of the field. With both Domenik Hixon falling off the fantasy radar and the Week 1 injury to Hakeem Nicks, the biggest benefactor of the new receiver situation in New York should be Steve Smith. Expect him to start again next week against the Cowboys on Sunday night and be high on Eli Manning's target list.

2009 Week 2 vs DAL (13 / 10 / 134 / 1 rec)

Smith is at first a possession receiver for the Giants, but in Week 2 against Dallas he showed that he can even do more than just move the chains on third down. Smith's 10 catches tied him for team lead on the night as he got open over the middle and down the seam all night long. Smith was wide open across the middle of the field on his scoring catch, and he helped set up the winning field goal late in the contest with key grabs late in the game. He abused the Dallas secondary and should be productive again next week against a weak Tampa Bay defense.

2009 Week 3 vs TB (7 / 7 / 63 / 1 rec)

Smith didn't do anything flashy, but that's not his game. He consistently moved the sticks on precise short routes, and Smith also seemed to have a very strong sense of where to go when the play broke down and Manning needed a target. Smith scored a TD out of a bunch formation that caused confusion in the Bucs secondary. The other two receivers went deeper in the end zone and Smith sat down at the goal line for the easy score. He is definitely Manning's security blanket and most trusted target.

2009 Week 4 vs KC (16 / 11 / 134 / 2 rec)

Don't look now, but the top wide receiver in the NFL so far in both touchdowns and yardage is Steve Smith - and he doesn't play for the Panthers. The New York Giants have discovered their top wideout and he was there all of last season just waiting for his chance. Smith had another 10 catches against the Chiefs, his second double-digit performance in the last three weeks. He got open in the zones between the corners, linebackers and safeties all day, including twice over the middle that produced the first two touchdown for New York on the day. The chemistry is there with Eli Manning and Smith will likely see a large number of targets every week from Manning going forward.

2009 Week 5 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec)

Smith had one early drop, but otherwise he looked the part of a number one wideout. Smith got behind the speedy Chris Johnson for his deep catch, and got some good yards after the reception on one of his other two grabs with a crafty move. He also drew a pass interference call on an intermediate route. His owners should be pleased that this game represents his floor going forward.

2009 Week 6 vs NO (6 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

Smith had his quietest game of the year. It got off on the wrong foot when Manning overthrew an open Smith on what should have been a TD, and then Smith's short and intermediate routes weren't a big part of the game plan after the Giants fell behind big. He did had a long catch later in the game that he couldn't hold onto after a big hit from a Saints safety. Right now, Smith's owners have to be worried about three other viable targets emerging in a passing game that is not the focal point of the offensive game plan when things go well for the Giants.

2009 Week 7 vs ARI (10 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)

After getting off to a blistering start Steve Smith has seen his role reduced a touch in recent weeks. Smith was still effective in his usual precise route-running and displayed sticky hands, but it looked as if the Cardinals were committed to containing him in week 7. Smith essentially played the part of a decoy in the 1st half but was targeted a bit more in the 2nd half of the game. With the game on the line in the 4th quarter Eli Manning to looked to his #1 WR often, one was a spectacular reception down the middle of the field in tight coverage. He ended up leading the Giants in targets (10) while going for 4/69. Smith has glue-like hands and is a terrific player, however defenses have taken notice and are now daring the NY offense to throw to Smith while he is double-covered.

2009 Week 8 vs PHI (12 / 8 / 68 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith caught the first two completions of the game from a struggling Eli Manning as Smith worked short and intermediate routes for the Giants against Philadelphia in Week 8. Smith caught eight passes for 68 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Smith led all New York options in the passing game with 12 targets and eight catches. Smith will continue to be the possession receiver for the Giants going forward and is of high value in PPR fantasy leagues.

2009 Week 9 vs SD (11 / 8 / 57 / 1 rec)

Smith did his damage on very short precise routes that created separation, including his short TD catch. He also converted a third and long with a nice route and catch at the sidelines. Smith was a huge help to Manning on a day that saw him constantly face a quality pass rush from the Chargers.

2009 Week 11 vs ATL (8 / 4 / 79 / 0 rec)

Smith was held in check against the Falcons for the most part as they tended to roll a safety to his side pre-snap, particularly on 2nd or 3rd and long. Smith's best catch came on a deep pass by Eli Manning down the left side of the field. Smith laid out and caught the ball for a 41 yard gain. The play was successful because Smith was able to beat the jam on the line of scrimmage, gain a step on the defender in a foot-race, and then watch the ball in to his hands as he dove for it. Smith was primarily sent on crossing routes through the middle of the field or on "go" routes to the sideline.

2009 Week 12 vs DEN (11 / 7 / 71 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith was once again the leading receiver for the Giants, topping the list in both catches and yardage for New York in Week 12. Smith had one big 30-yard gainer in the third quarter on a nice catch over his shoulder but the rest of his catches were all under 10 yards apiece. Smith's main value continues to be in PPR leagues as he is the best possession receiver that New York has right now.

2009 Week 13 vs DAL (13 / 6 / 110 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith remains the top wide receiver for the Giants, this time catching six passes for another 100-yard game. Dallas covered Smith well, but he was still able to get away for some nice catches including a 36-yard gain in the third quarter on a 10-yard crossing route followed by a good run after the catch. Smith did drop a would-be touchdown in the back of the end zone as the ball bounced off of his fingers. The catch would have been a good one but it seemed like he should have come down with the ball. Look for Smith to have another strong PPR game against the Eagles next Sunday night.

2009 Week 14 vs PHI (10 / 7 / 74 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith caught seven passes in Week 14 for New York as the possession receiver became the record holder for most receptions by a Giant in a single season with his 82 catches in 2009. All of Smith's catches were for fewer than 20 yards at a time but he did have several targets in the red and end zones. Smith helped to keep the chains moving like he always seems to do by making the tough catches over the middle and amassing solid numbers in the process.

2009 Week 15 vs WAS (7 / 5 / 40 / 1 rec)

Steve Smith was up to his usual antics on Monday night making key 3rd down plays and running smart crisp routes for the Giants. His stats were muted a bit due to Eli Manning spreading the ball around so much; however Smith still managed 40 yards and a TD on the night. Smith now has at least 7 fantasy points in 8 straight games and 14 out of 15 games this season.

2009 Week 16 vs CAR (9 / 7 / 70 / 1 rec)

Smith had an early long TD nullified by penalty, but he came back to catch a lot of balls in garbage time, including the Giants only TD on the day. Smith was pushed around by Richard Marshall so that he was off his route and Marshall was able to pick off Eli Manning as part of the Giants early collapse.

2009 Week 17 vs MIN (12 / 10 / 57 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith led the Giants with 10 catches in the season finale against the Vikings, but every one of them was for less than 10 yards each. The Giants and Eli Manning clearly wanted their best wide receiver for 2009 to top 100 catches on the season (he finishes with 107) as they targeted him early and often, but the possession receiver did not pick up much yardage with those grabs. Steve Smith remains Exhibit A for haters of PPR leagues but he will be a starter next year for the Giants and remain Eli Manning's favorite target.

2008 Week 1 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Smith had one catch for eight yards in the first half and another catch for seven yards in the second half. He was used primarily in three wide out sets as the slot receiver.

2008 Week 2 vs STL (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith caught two of his three targets for 19 yards, however one was overthrown on a route where he had his defender beat. He played a crucial role in spreading the field and showed good elusiveness after the catch.

2008 Week 3 vs CIN (8 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec)

Smith was a big possession receiver for Manning and the Giants as he brought in seven of his eight targets for 60 yards. He showed excellent hands and ran well after the catch, fighting for tough yards before being taken down. On the Giants go ahead drive in the fourth quarter, Smith snagged a short pass from Manning on a third and long and drove hard to the sticks, picking up the new set of downs and keeping the crucial drive alive.

2008 Week 5 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith played in the slot on three receiver sets, and caught two of his three targets for 27 yards. The Giants did not pass much in the second half, instead preferring to stick with the run.

2008 Week 6 vs CLE (10 / 9 / 94 / 0 rec)

Smith had a very nice first half as he led the team with six catches for 70 yards in the first half. He appeared to QB Eli Manning's safety value in the first half as he often hit on short passes beneath the coverage. Smith made some nice runs after the catch in the game and finished the game with nine catches for 94 yards.

2008 Week 7 vs SF (4 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

Smith was looked to a little more as the game wore on, and came down with a couple of important first down grabs.

2008 Week 8 vs PIT (7 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

Smith finished the day as the Giants' leading receiver, bringing in three catches for 45 yards. Smith could have easily had more however. Early in the fourth quarter, Manning put a deep ball right in Smith's hands, but the defender delivered a big hit and the ball popped out, costing Smith and the Giants some significant yardage. Smith's longest reception of the game was for 25 yards, coming on a drive late in the fourth quarter which set the Giants up for the eventual winning touchdown.

2008 Week 9 vs DAL (8 / 5 / 29 / 1 rec)

Steve Smith did not start but was clearly Manning's favorite receiver during the first half. Manning and Smith seemed to be on the same page as they were able to connect for a first down on the opening drive and on two consecutive plays for a touchdown during the first quarter.

2008 Week 10 vs PHI (4 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Smith's first pass his way was catchable, but a hit dislodged the ball and it fell to the ground incomplete. Smith's only grab came on a third and four play that resulted in a first down.

2008 Week 11 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Smith had a quiet day through the air, catching two of his three targets for 17 yards.

2008 Week 12 vs ARI (5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Smith had four grabs for 45 yards in the game. Smith was targeted deep twice, with one resulting in a 30 yard catch.

2008 Week 13 vs WAS (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Smith was a clear third option as usual, catching only two balls for 22 yards. His two catches were productive as they both were for 11 yards and resulted in first downs.

2008 Week 14 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith finished the day as the Giants leading receiver even though he only saw five targets come his way. Catching four of five looks, Smith used the underneath routes and his elusiveness to get good yardage after the catch and prove to be the go to guy for Quarterback Eli Manning. He totaled 47 yards receiving using two of his catches to move the chains for New York.

2008 Week 15 vs DAL (9 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

Smith was second on the team in targets, catches, and yards and four of his five grabs went for ten yards or more. The wide receiver picked up 14 yards on a third and 11 play in the second quarter that continued a drive that ultimately led to a field goal. Smith's game could have been better, but he had a 19 yard reception negated when he was called for an offensive pass interference penalty.

2008 Week 16 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Smith's first grab came on the team's second series and went for a gain of 10 and a first down. His second catch also came on the second drive and went for another first down. His third pass also came on the second drive and went for a first down.

2008 Week 17 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith was active with Eli Manning with many looks. However, he only had two targets in the first half.

2008 Week 19 vs PHI (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Smith received five targets and totaled two receptions for 17 yards. One pass intended for Smith was picked off and he lost a fumble on a reception with less than two minutes left in the game. Two targets came on third downs.

2007 Week 1 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Smith was targeted once in the first half. He made the 27 yard catch but it was out of bounds wide of the end zone. Smith was not at fault. He did drop his first target of the second half, but Manning looked for him more often than in the opening half. Smith ended with three receptions, including one four yard catch for a first down.

2007 Week 2 vs GB (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Smith's only catch of the game came on a third and two play that went for ten yards. Smith was hurt on the play and left the game for good due to what was reported as a scapula injury.

2007 Week 15 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Smith came into the game in the fourth quarter and got two targets. He caught the short pass and the long pass he was interfered with, but the ball was apparently uncatchable as there was no call made.

2007 Week 16 vs BUF (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The USC rookie got behind Terrance McGee late in the second quarter but dropped a pass at the Bills' 8 yard line. Unfortunately it was one of the few passes Manning threw accurately all game.

2007 Week 17 vs NE (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith caught three passes for 29 yards, all on the last Giants drive of the game. He made two clutch grabs that set up the eventual Plaxico Burress touchdown to bring the score to 38-35 Patriots. Smith played in three and four receiver sets splitting time with David Tyree. He was targeted a total of four times in the game, dropping one pass in the first quarter.

2007 Week 18 vs TB (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Smith received five targets and finished with three receptions for 29 yards.

2007 Week 19 vs DAL (4 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Smith made some nice grabs, and caught all four of his targets. He was a reliable second option for Eli Manning with Plaxico Burress ailing.

2007 Week 20 vs GB (0 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Statistically Steve Smith did not have an impressive game, only catching two passes for 25 yards on nine targets. But both of those catches came in the fourth quarter with the Giants driving, and accounted for first downs. He played as the third receiver, and saw more targets than usual with Amani Toomer struggling.

2007 Week 21 vs NE (0 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

Smith caught five of the nine passes thrown his way. One of the passes he failed to catch resulted in an interception that was his fault. Manning threw the ball to him and be bobbled it up into the air and it ended up being intercepted by Hobbs of the Patriots. He caught a few third down passes against tough coverage, which was impressive.