Steve Smith WR BAL 1 Month5 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.
Steve Smith WR BAL 2 Months6 Comments
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.
Steve Smith WR BAL 2 Months6 Comments
Smith had three catches on nine targets for 35 yards Sunday against the Bengals.
Smith was having a fairly pedestrian day but almost made up for all of it by catching an 80-yard touchdown with under a minute remaining. Unfortunately, the score was called back after Smith was hit with an offensive pass interference penalty. Smith has had a number of big games this season, but he's caught just six passes on 14 targets for 102 yards in the last two games combined, though he'll face a Steelers defense in Week 9 that allowed 400 passing yards to the Colts on Sunday.
Steve Smith WR BAL 2 Months5 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 2 Months
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 3 Months2 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 3 Months9 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 3 Months4 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 3 Months10 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 3 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.