Steve Smith
WR BAL (8)
2 days ago

Smith led the Ravens with 11 targets, eight catches and 87 receiving yards in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Jaguars.

EDGE Analysis

The Ravens' passing attack struggled Sunday, as Smith was the only player north of 42 yards receiving, but they were able to piece together a winning field-goal drive with just under two minutes remaining. Smith has improved with each passing week after rushing back from injury to be ready for the season opener, as Sunday's outputs marked season-highs in targets, catches and yardage. He may not be asked to run deep as much this season after the acquisition of Mike Wallace and the return of Breshad Perriman, but Smith clearly still has the attention of Joe Flacco and could be a valuable asset as a possession receiver. Week 4 will see Baltimore host the Raiders.

Steve Smith
WR BAL (8)
1 week ago

Smith hauled in 3 catches (on six targets) for 64 yards in Sunday's win over the Browns.

EDGE Analysis

The Ravens really spread the ball around Sunday, with Joe Flacco completing passes to nine different receivers. Such seems to be the theme for Baltimore's offense this year, and even though Smith did receive six targets Sunday, it will be hard to trust any one Ravens' pass-catcher as long as opportunities are so few and far between. It will take a string of strong performances before Smith can be mentioned in the WR3 category in standard leagues.

Steve Smith
WR BAL (8)
2 weeks ago

Smith caught five passes for 19 yards on a team-high nine targets in Sunday's 13-7 win over the Bills.

EDGE Analysis

Smith and Mike Wallace started and led the way in targets, but the Ravens used a five-deep rotation at wide receiver, with Breshad Perriman, Kamar Aiken and Chris Moore also getting significant snaps. While it's possible Smith could take on more snaps as the season moves along, Baltimore's depth at wide receiver could make it tough for any of the bunch to produce on a weekly basis. Smith does get a better matchup in Week 2, facing a Browns team that was blown out by the Eagles on Sunday.

Steve Smith
WR BAL (8)
3 weeks ago

Smith (Achilles) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report.

EDGE Analysis

With Breshad Perriman (knee) also absent from the injury report, it appears Joe Flacco will have all of his wide receivers available Week 1 against the Bills. Smith was the clear go-to guy early last season, but there's more competition for snaps and targets this time around, and he may be somewhat limited after missing the entire preseason. Given that Perriman, Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken could also have key roles, it's best to take a wait-and-see approach with the Baltimore receiving corps.

Steve Smith
WR BAL (8)
1 month ago

Smith (Achilles) will not play in the Ravens' third preseason game Saturday against the Lions, The Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith, who had torn his Achilles' tendon last November, was activated from the team's PUP list just last week. Thus, his participation in Saturday's preseason tilt was always considered doubtful. His Week 1 status remains questionable.

Steve Smith
WR BAL (8)
1 month ago

Smith (Achilles) rejoined his teammates at practice Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Thursday's session was described as "essentially a walk-through" in advance of Saturday's game against the Colts, Smith's presence after coming off the PUP list, is nonetheless a welcome one for the Ravens. At age 37, and bouncing back from a serious injury, Smith comes with some question marks as the 2016 campaign approaches. That said, given his high level of toughness and determination, it's unwise to count out the veteran wideout.

Steve Smith
WR BAL (8)
1 month ago

Smith (Achilles) has passed his physical and will return to practice soon.

EDGE Analysis

The Baltimore Sun adds that Smith, who is thus slated to be officially activated off the Ravens' PUP list in short order, is expected to practice in some capacity as early as Monday. The Ravens' second preseason tilt takes place Saturday against the Colts, after which Smith -- who tore his Achilles last November -- will look to reprove his health and demonstrate that at age 37, and coming back from a serious injury, he can still excel at the NFL level. He has much to prove on that front as Week 1 quickly approaches, but it's too soon to count Smith out, given his toughness and determination.

Steve Smith
WR BAL (8)
2 months ago

Smith (Achilles) suffered a rare double rupture of his right Achilles, and the muscle surrounding his tendon is still significantly atrophied, according to Dan Pompei of the Bleacher Report.

EDGE Analysis

The latest report sheds light on Smith's rehab process, which has apparently been even more grueling than expected due to the extreme nature of his torn Achilles. Dr. Robert Anderson, one of the leading orthopedic surgeons for professional athletes, told Smith it was the first time he had ever seen a double Achilles rupture. Already facing an uphill climb, Smith figures to miss most or all of training camp, leaving him on the doubtful side of questionable for the start of the season. He still needs time to build his leg back to strength before he can even think about resuming normal workouts with his teammates. A mid-season return in a part-time role seems like a realistic target for the 37-year-old wideout.

Steve Smith
WR BAL (8)
2 months ago

Smith (Achilles) will start training camp on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is an unsurprising move as it has already been announced that the veteran Smith would not be playing in the preseason. He suffered his Achilles injury on Nov. 1, and was not able to participate in any offseason workouts. His role with the team this season remains uncertain until he is able to display he has recovered from the serious injury. However, the Ravens have relatively thin depth in their receiving department, so he will have plenty of opportunity to produce if he can get healthy.

Steve Smith
WR BAL (8)
3 months ago

Smith (Achilles) will not play in the preseason, ESPN.com reports. "I've been very comfortable throughout my career not playing in the preseason," Smith said Wednesday. "So, I don't have a problem with that. [it's] just four games that don't count and the liability of injury. At the senior-citizen age that I am, I think staying out would be good."

EDGE Analysis

Although Smith isn't worried about missing the preseason, he did say just a few days ago that he'll need to get some work in at training camp if he's going to be ready by Week 1. Recovering from a torn Achilles suffered Nov. 1, the 37-year-old wideout hasn't taken part in any offseason workouts and doesn't seem to have much chance of being ready for the start of training camp. He still hopes to be available at the start of the season, and his presence (or lack thereof) may be even more important than expected, as Breshad Perriman (knee) now faces a potentially-lengthy rehab process of his own. Of course, there's no guarantee Smith will be productive if he's available, given his age and the serious nature of his injury.