Steve Smith WR BAL 1 month ago

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh hopes to reduce Smith's snaps in 2015, ESPN.com reports.

The 36-year-old Smith is still expected to be a big part of the Baltimore offense, and while he'll likely hold on to a starting role, he may not play upwards of 75 percent of the offensive snaps again. It's possible the Ravens could change their minds by the time the season begins, as the team otherwise lacks other proven targets for Joe Flacco. As of right now, the Ravens are hoping some combination of Breshad Perriman, Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro and Kamar Aiken can ease Smith's burden.

Steve Smith WR BAL 5 months ago

Smith plans to play in 2015 and is open to a reduced role, Baltimore Sun writer Aaron Wilson reports.

Despite his improbably productive 2014 season at 35 years old, it's probably too much to ask Smith to match his 79 catches, 1,065 yards and six touchdowns with age 36 looming in May. Be it due to Baltimore adding wideout talent in the offseason or promoting in-house players like Marlon Brown and Michael Campanaro, it appears Baltimore will closely examine the possibility of lightening Smith's workload in 2015.

Steve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago

Smith had three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 35-31 playoff loss to the Patriots.

Smith was one of four Ravens to catch a touchdown from Joe Flacco, scampering past Darrelle Revis for a nine-yard score in the first quarter. He suffered an apparent left leg injury at one point and had to leave the game, but he was able to return not long after. The Ravens had to have been pleasantly surprised with how the 35-year-old performed this season, and he'll likely be back in Baltimore for another campaign in 2015.

Steve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago

Smith hauled in five passes for 101 yards in Saturday's playoff victory over the Steelers.

Smith totaled just 107 receiving yards in the two games the Ravens played against the Steelers in the regular season, but he nearly matched that total Saturday by beating the Steelers' defensive backs for several big chunks of yardage. Next up for Smith and the Ravens will be a Divisional Round matchup with a Patriots team that finished the regular season 17th in the league against the pass.

Steve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago

Smith caught 8-of-12 targets for 90 yards in Sunday's 20-10 win over the Browns.

As has been the case for most of the season, Smith served as Baltimore's chain-mover, while Torrey Smith provided the big play and subsequent touchdown. The elder Smith had a flukish string of big plays that propped his stats up early in the season, allowing him to finish with a 79-1,065-6 receiving line on 133 targets. While he's unlikely to match that production next year, it won't be surprising if he's back as a big part of the Baltimore offense. First, Smith and the Ravens will face the arch-rival Steelers in Pittsburgh for the first round of the playoffs.

Steve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago

Smith had five catches on 12 targets for 49 yards Sunday against the Texans.

Quarterback Joe Flacco really struggled with his accuracy, completing just 21 of 50 passes, but he did throw two touchdowns, though both went to Torrey Smith. After going for at least 100 yards four times in the first six games of the season, Steve Smith has failed to reach even 90 yards once since then, while scoring just two touchdowns. It won't get any easier in Week 17 against the Browns, who are allowing the seventh-fewest passing yards per game this season.

Steve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago

Smith (illness) caught 5-of-5 targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 20-12 win over the Jaguars.

Smith is still a big part of the Baltimore offense, but the big plays have dried up since earlier this season, as he has just one gain of more than 27 yards since Week 7. After eclipsing 100 yards in four of his first six games as a Raven, he hasn't hit the mark in any of the past eight contests.

Steve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago

Smith (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Smith, who racked up seven catches on 11 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins last Sunday, is out there if you need him this week and he's a candidate to see his share of targets once again, given that fellow WR Torrey Smith is playing through a knee issue this week.

Steve Smith WR BAL 7 months ago

Though Smith (illness) did not practice Friday, he is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Per the Baltimore Sun, Smith has a cold, but should be fine for Sunday's game, with his Week 15 status of import, given that fellow wideout Torrey Smith (also listed as probable this week) is dealing with a knee issue.

Steve Smith WR BAL 7 months ago

Smith was at practice Friday but not participating, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports.

Smith sat out Thursday's practice, but that is just standard procedure for the veteran to get some extra rest. Friday's lack of participation is more puzzling, so we'll pay close attention to the injury report to see whether Smith is dealing with some kind of ailment.