Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve L Smith spent most of 2010 with a scowl on his face, and talked to Panthers owner Jerry Richardson late in the season about a possible trade.
But Smith is a happy receiver these days.
Smith, in his 11th season with the Panthers, said the offensive philosophy of the new coaching staff has been a refreshing change following the worst season of his career. Smith said offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is using him in innovative ways that John Fox's staff would talk about, but never implement.
Smith will improve on his dismal 2010 numbers (46 catches for 554 yards and two touchdowns) but Carolina's quarterback situation will prevent him from returning to his glory days, when he was one of the most reliable receivers in fantasy football. While you could do worse for a third receiver, don't reach to get him on draft day.