Steve Smith WR BAL 8 Days
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 14 Days
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 15 Days
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 17 Days
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 17 Days
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.
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Smith had seven catches on 11 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
With Torrey Smith sidelined with a knee injury, Smith finished with his second-highest target number of the season, and he's now scored twice in the last three games. If Torrey Smith has to miss any additional time, Steve Smith could be a solid option in Week 15 against the Jaguars, who are allowing the ninth-most passing yards per game this season.
Steve Smith WR BAL 28 Days
Smith caught 1-of-4 targets for two yards in Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Chargers.
Between dropped passes and an inability to create separation, Smith quite clearly had his worst game of the season. He acknowledged as much afterward, saying that the Baltimore offense was essentially playing with 10 men. Smith has largely been disappointing since Week 6, but he's still a big part of the Baltimore offense, and still has some gas left in the tank. Week 14 will bring a tough road matchup with the excellent Miami defense.
Steve Smith WR BAL 1 Month
Smith caught 4-of-6 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 34-27 win over the Saints.
Smith got off to a fast start, catching two passes for 29 yards and a spectacular touchdown on Baltimore's opening drive, and then adding a 40-yard reception toward the end of the first quarter. He didn't do much over the next three quarters, as Joe Flacco finished the game with just 24 pass attempts. Smith Sr. and Torrey Smith are essentially co-No. 1 receivers, and while they account for a healthy portion of the targets, Baltimore's balanced offense often limits both players' opportunities. After recording double-digit targets in three of his first four games with the Ravens, Smith Sr. has garnered between five and nine looks in each of the past seven games.
Steve Smith WR BAL 2 Months5 Comments
Smith caught 3-of-7 targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 21-7 win over the Titans.
The elder Smith's star has faded from earlier this season, while Torrey Smith has bounced back from a slow start. Steve's targets have been more consistent on a week-to-week basis, but Torrey gets more deep looks and opportunities for touchdowns. With six games remaining, we can expect something between the early-season hot streak and the recent slump when Smith Sr. and the Ravens return from a Week 11 bye to face the Saints.
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Smith caught 5-of-8 targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 43-23 loss to the Steelers.
Smith has expectedly slowed down from his torrid start to the season, but the extent of the drop off is surprising. He's turned in sub-par outings four of the last five weeks, and while he has a respectable 17 targets over the last two games, his efficiency (more so) and involvement (less so) have been heading in the wrong direction. Not that the veteran isn't capable of going deep down the field, but Smith's huge early-season numbers always seemed a bit fluky, as they were largely built on the strength of three long touchdown catches, including one on a broken play and another on a deflection. In any case, he should find a happy medium between what we saw early in the season and his ongoing slump, with a Week 10 home game against the Titans providing a nice opportunity to bounce back.