Steve Smith WR BAL 3 Days4 Comments

Smith caught 3-of-5 targets for 67 yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Falcons.

Smith fell short of five receptions and seven targets for the first time this season, but he at least managed a decent yardage total, thanks to an impressive 49-yard gain on a screen. Joe Flacco attempted just 25 passes as the Ravens played the entire game with a lead, and TE Owen Daniels recorded a team-high nine targets and six receptions. The Ravens will likely throw the ball more often next week in Cincinnati, but Flacco is averaging just 30.5 attempts per game since throwing a career-high 62 passes in a Week 1 loss to the Bengals. While he still easily leads the team in receptions (38), targets (59) and receiving yards (640), Smith has come back to Earth a bit over the last three weeks, after recording 25 receptions for 429 yards and three touchdowns in his first four games with the Ravens.

Steve Smith WR BAL 11 Days

Smith caught 5-of-6 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 48-17 win over the Buccaneers.

Smith bounced back strong from his worst game as a Raven, topping 100 yards for the fourth time in six tries. His six targets actually led the team, as QB Joe Flacco needed just 29 pass attempts to toss five touchdowns. While the Flacco-to-Smith connection has been strong this season, the duo's impressive mark of 10.6 yards per target will very likely decline. As good as he's been this year, Smith isn't the type of receiver that's going to keep hauling in a long touchdown every other week. He is, however, the clear top dog in a much-improved Baltimore passing game.

Steve Smith WR BAL 18 Days2 Comments

Smith caught 5-of-7 targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Colts. He lost a fumble on Baltimore's first offensive play of the game.

Both Smith and the Baltimore offense as a whole came crashing back down to earth, with the offensive line unable to keep pass rushers away from QB Joe Flacco, who split the targets evenly between Smith (seven), Torrey Smith (eight), RB Justin Forsett (eight) and TE Owen Daniels (seven). The elder Smith still comfortably leads the team with 48 targets through five games, having dominated Flacco's attention in the first quarter of the season. For the rest of the year, we can probably expect Smith to land somewhere between his Week 5 self and what he did from Weeks 1-4. While he does appear to be the legitimate top option in Baltimore's passing game, he's not going to carry the team's offense all season, as he'd been doing before Sunday.

Steve Smith WR BAL 25 Days9 Comments

Smith caught seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Panthers.

Smith had just the day he was looking for against his former team, with a good chunk of the damage coming on a rather fortunate 61-yard touchdown from a deflection. He later added a second scoring grab from 21 yards out, and now ranks among the NFL's leading receivers through four weeks. He's easily tops on the Ravens in every key receiving category, with a 25-429-3 line on 41 targets. Teammate Torrey Smith has just eight catches on 22 targets, while TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is out for the season. Even with TE Owen Daniels shaping up as a solid replacement, the elder Smith should continue to see plenty of looks. Just one year after dropping off to 745 yards, Smith is the top receiving option in an offense that's been thriving.

Steve Smith WR BAL 1 Month4 Comments

Smith had five catches for 101 yards on seven targets in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Browns.

Smith led the Ravens in receiving yards for the third time in three tries, and his long gain of 32 yards set up the game-winning field goal. Torrey Smith, meanwhile, turned in another dud, catching just 2-of-8 targets for 25 yards. With the younger Smith not producing, and TE Dennis Pitta (hip) suffering what looks to be a serious injury, Steve Smith is shaping up as Joe Flacco's go-to guy. That said, Torrey Smith should have better days ahead, as he's at least been contributing by drawing long pass interference penalties.

Steve Smith WR BAL 1 Month10 Comments

Smith had six receptions for 71 yards on 10 targets in Thursday's 26-6 win over the Steelers

Smith led the Ravens in receiving yardage and targets for a second straight week, while teammate Torrey Smith turned in another dud, catching just one pass for 10 yards on three targets. The elder Smith has 25 targets and 13 receptions through two games, and while his stock has risen over the last two weeks, the Ravens still figure to spread the ball around. That said, Smith has thus far been Joe Flacco's go-to guy on third down, and the 35-year-old wideout is getting plenty of snaps in the red zone. Exhibiting good quickness in his routes and his famous angry running with the ball in his hands, Smith still seems to have some quality football ahead of him.

Steve Smith WR BAL 2 Months10 Comments

Smith caught seven passes for 118 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bengals.

Though he hauled in an 80-yard, go-ahead touchdown on a third-and-14 in the fourth quarter, Smith was otherwise unimpressive in his Ravens debut. He dropped a pair of passes, and his other 14 targets resulted in just six catches for 38 yards. He also should have drawn a flag on the touchdown, as he threw cornerback Adam Jones to the ground via facemask. In any case, it was still an encouraging performance for the 35-year-old's fantasy owners, as the elder Smith drew 15 targets on Joe Flacco's 62 pass attempts, compared to just seven for Torrey Smith. On a less encouraging note, the Ravens subbed out their starting receivers with surprising frequency, sometimes using Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and/or Jacoby Jones in two-wide sets. Next up for Smith is a Thursday matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Smith caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.

Smith has locked down the starting job opposite Torrey Smith, but that was already the case before Saturday's game. While he should be a consistent presence in two-wide formations, the elder Smith will probably get fewer looks than both Torrey Smith and TE Dennis Pitta. The Ravens' passing game should improve from last season, but not to the extent that the team's third option will have a huge year.

Steve Smith WR BAL 4 Months

Ravens OC Gary Kubiak says Steve Smith has brought an "edge" to practice.

In other words, he's still Bottom Line 89. "He's just so competitive," Kubiak said. "He challenges people as far as how you play, how you go about doing things. ... He challenged coaches, too." DC Dean Pees says he's instructed his players not to upset Smith. Although Smith's game is in steep decline, he'll provide the leadership and sure pair of hands the Ravens lost when they dealt Anquan Boldin to the 49ers.

Steve Smith WR BAL 5 Months

Steve Smith reportedly made his mind up in January that he would play one more NFL season, then retire in 2015.

Smith cited knee soreness as one of the main factors. "The only people who knew were my close friends and my wife," he said. "This year was actually going to be my last year in Carolina. I was going to retire. I was done." Smith said his knee suddenly started "feeling better" after the Panthers released him, "and the next thing you know, I got a three-year deal" with the Ravens. Smith says he hopes to fulfill the entire Baltimore contract. GM Ozzie Newsome hopes Smith pans out better than Lee Evans.