Steve Smith Fantasy News
Darrelle Revis playing more press man coverage
Friday, November 1, 2013, 11:10am
Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis said during his weekly radio show on WDAE (620 AM) on Thursday that his reconstructed left knee prohibited him from playing the press man style that has made him arguably the best cornerback in the league.
“Earlier in the year, I didn’t have the explosion to play press; the receiver would just run the (vertical) 9-route on me and I didn’t have the stamina to do that play in and play out, especially playing press.
“I mean, you get physical up there playing press coverage and then actually just running. That’s running full speed — you and the receiver. I didn’t have that yet.
“I’m starting to get that back now, which is awesome because I like to be in receivers faces and try to put my hands on them and try to be physical with them.”
Revis said he began to play more press coverage a week ago during the Bucs loss to Carolina, when he spent a good part of the day shadowing Panthers Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith. He said he responded well physically to that test.
If Revis is going to shadow Golden Tate (who caught two TDs against the Rams in Week 8), it may cause for concern for Tate owners. With Sidney Rice (ACL) out, Tate may see more targets, which could offset the bad matchup. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse could get a few extra opportunities if QB Russell Wilson avoids throwing in Revis's direction.
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Saturday, October 12, 2013, 9:09am
Carolina’s pass protection has bordered on awful—the Panthers are fifth-worst in our ratings—and dropped passes by receivers have been huge. Steve Smith (two) and Brandon LaFell had drops that would have been big plays or touchdowns against the Cardinals last weekend.
Newton hasn't lived up to draft-day expectations so far. This week, he ranks seventh among our QBs. The potential is always there for Cam thanks to his running ability, but so far he's been at least a little bit of a disappointment.
Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:10pm
In eight series over the first two exhibitions, Panthers QB Cam Newton has guided just one touchdown drive – on a short field (18 yards) last week following Norman’s interception of Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler. The other seven series have produced four punts, two field goals and an interception.
Newton completed eight of 17 passes for 112 yards Thursday. It was the kind of inconsistent performance Newton has said he wants to eliminate.
“I thought he did some nice things. He got us down there twice in scoring position,” Rivera said. “We did miss a couple throws. But he was running for his life twice, and both times he overthrew the ball. I'm not sure you put that on the quarterback alone.”
New offensive coordinator Mike Shula kept his calls conservative, but it's hard to know how much of that is his philosophy or simply not wanting to reveal too much.
Newton got off to a slow start in 2012, but finished on a tear. We wouldn't worry too much about preseason struggles, though it should be noted that he's playing for a new offensive coordinator this season.
Cam Newton getting time in the pocket
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 6:40pm
Newton interacted more with teammates – whether it was making one-handed catches before practice or playing cards between meetings.
Seems like all good signs for Newton. The story also added he's been working real well with WR1 Steve Smith. He could easily be the fourth QB taken in just about any draft, behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. He'll still collect the rushing yards and TDs despite the team wanting him to stay in the pocket more.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 6:29pm
We rank Smith 20th and as a low-end WR2. If you wait on WR, he's certainly a guy you can probably live with in the 7th round.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 9:01am
Since Panther WR Brandon LaFell’s rookie season, WR Steve Smith has been pushing the former third-round draft choice in an attempt to groom LaFell into a No. 1 wide receiver. And LaFell has been pushing himself while also knowing that, for now, the Panthers need him to be the complement to Smith.
“I see it as another year to go out here and prove to everybody that I can really do this,” LaFell said. “A lot of people say I’m not a good No. 2 receiver, but I’m learning from one of the best guys in the game who’s the No. 1, which I’m trying to be.”
The fourth-year receiver from Louisiana State has shown improvement during each of his first three years. He tallied 468 yards in his rookie year, following that with 613 in 2011 before catching a career-high 44 balls last season for 677 yards and four touchdowns.
His yardage total likely would have been more had he not missed two games with a foot injury. But despite the improvement, he knows this has to be his year.
We rank LaFell just 55th but admit he should see WR2 targets. Still, he's not getting drafted according to ADPs and free agent signing Domenik Hixon could be a little bit of a concern. LaFell seems better suited for deep leagues. We expect him to stay on par with his numbers from last year for 2013: 48-680-4
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 10:07am
Rivera: Steve Smith looks "like he's 25" in OTAs
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 11:18am
Panthers HC Ron Rivera said WR Steve Smith has looked like he's 25 again during OTAs. Rivera said the veteran wideout has been diving for balls--something the coaching staff isn't wild about. And even though we're more than three months from Week One, he still shows his frustration when the ball doesn't come his way.
There is often value to be had with the aging (yet still productive) veteran as other owners are more interested in making sexier upside picks. Smith scares people off due to his age (34), but keep in mind that he has finished in the top 20 in seven of the last eight seasons, including the last two. There is a chance that Father Time comes calling, but Rivera's comments certainly quell some of that concern. We currently have him ranked as our #26 receiver in standard formats.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:29pm
Sunday, December 30, 2012, 3:13pm
Danny Amendola active, risky fantasy start
Sunday, November 25, 2012, 3:06pm
Injury Report for MNF: Panthers @ Eagles
Saturday, November 24, 2012, 3:35pm
DE Antwan Applewhite (hamstring)
LB James Anderson (back), LB Thomas Davis (non-injury), DT Dwan Edwards (non-injury), DT Ron Edwards (non-injury), T Jordan Gross (non-injury), G Geoff Hangartner (knee), DE Greg Hardy (illness), S Colin Jones (head), LB Jordan Senn (ankle), WR Steve Smith (finger)
WR Riley Cooper (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (foot/ankle), G Danny Watkins (ankle)