Steve L Smith Fantasy News

Steve Smith plans to retire after this season

Monday, August 10, 2015, 1:32pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

When the Panthers cut him, veteran wide receiver Steve L Smith said he was only planning on playing one more year for them anyway. Moving to Baltimore pushed that plan back a year. Via Clifton Brown of CSNBaltimore.com, the Ravens wide receiver announced that he was retiring at the end of this season. While the 36-year-old wideout is still productive (79 catches for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns), he said he’s been thinking about this for months. He came into the league as a third-rounder from Utah, and made an immediate impact for the 2001 Panthers, returning the opening kickoff of the season for a touchdown and earning Pro Bowl honors as a return man. He made five Pro Bowls total, and overcame the stigma of beating up teammate Ken Lucas during practice to become somewhat of a leader with the Panthers. Of course, he was still sort of high-maintenance, which had as much to do with his release as financial concerns.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith has put together an incredible career, ranking 14th on the all-time receiving yards list (13,262) and 18th in receptions (915). His fire as a player defined him, allowing him to overcome his lack of size and status to create a long and lucrative career. The Ravens are already attempting a youth movement at the position and the hope is Breshad Perriman, Marlon Brown and Kamar Aiken begin to emerge this season.

Ravens release initial depth chart

Friday, August 7, 2015, 8:27pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Crockett Gillmore, who is atop the tight end depth chart, has always been the clear favorite to start. Wide receiver Kamar Aiken, listed as the starter opposite Steve L Smith, was more productive than Marlon Brown last year, and unlike Brown and first-round pick Breshad Perriman, he’s stayed healthy and had a strong start to camp.

Lorenzo Taliaferro is listed as the No.2 running back behind Justin Forsett. Forsett, Taliaferro and Javorius Allen all complement each other very well. Forsett has vision and experience, and does most things, including picking up blitzes and catching the ball out of the backfield, well. Taliaferro is the power guy, and Allen has good hands and is extremely elusive

Fantasy Impact:

Gillmore is a deep sleeper at tight end. He was a former third round pick, so he's no slouch. It's no sure thing that Maxx Williams overtakes him this season. We're expecting Perriman to win the starting job, but he has to get healthy. Taliaferro appears to be the best handcuff for Forsett, though the team would likely use a committee in the event of a Forsett injury.

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 12:15pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown has a back injury and is regarded as day-to-day, according to sources.

The injury isn't considered serious at this time. Brown didn't practice Saturday, the third day of training camp.

Brown is competing for a starting job opposite five-time Pro Bowl selection Steve L Smith.

Brown, 24, has outstanding size at 6-foot-5, 214 pounds.

He caught 24 passes for 255 yards and zero touchdowns last season while being targeted only 31 times in his second year in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

Meanwhile, rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman remains sidelined with a right knee injury. Perriman landed on his knee and bruised it badly during practice last week. It's opened the door a bit for Kamar Aiken, who got some press for nice catches during Saturday's session.

'Going to be hard' to limit Steve Smith's snaps

Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:33pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cutting the amount of time Steve L Smith is on the field makes sense in theory, but ...

"I think it's going to be hard for both of us to do that," Smith said Friday.

Why?

"Because we're both competitors and we both want to win," Smith added.

"Steve and I have talked about how many reps he's going to play," Harbaugh said. "We'll probably know by the end of preseason how we feel about that, but sometimes you get to a game and you kind of need a guy in the end to make a play. I'm really hoping that we have enough guys who we like who we can roll receivers through there and play all those guys. I think we're deep, and if we turn out to be deep -- like we hope we are -- then all those guys will play.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith was the #20 WR in standard formats and #18 in PPR, but he did most of his damage in the first six weeks of the season when he was #3 and #4, respectively. He was a fantasy WR4 the rest of the way, though he did have his moments. The Ravens can’t afford to put Smith out to pasture because they let Torrey Smith walk in free agency and the team’s receiver corps is severely lacking experience. Smith has some upside given his ADP (8th/9th round) and the arrival of pass-happy OC Marc Trestman, who should be able to figure out how to best utilize Smith’s skill set.

Ravens Beat: Breshad Perriman, Crockett Gillmore in line to start Week 1

Friday, July 24, 2015, 4:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley (ESPN) projects Breshad Perriman to start opposite Steve L Smith. He also projects Crockett Gillmore to start over Maxx Williams at tight end.

Fantasy Impact:

Perriman has the physical tools (6’2, 4.24 40-yard dash), to replace Torrey Smith in the Ravens’ lineup from the start, but he has to learn Marc Trestman’s offense and prove that he can catch the ball consistently. If Gillmore wins the starting job, he'll be a deep sleeper in Trestman's TE-friendly offense.

Ravens Beat: Despite age, WR Steve Smith will play a 'huge role' in the passing game

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 5:34pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Ravens WR Steve L Smith will presumably lock down one of the starting spots. Despite the possibility of a lightened snap count for the veteran, Smith Sr. will play a huge role in the passing game. He’s the unquestioned leader of the group.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith was the #20 WR in standard formats and #18 in PPR, but he did most of his damage in the first six weeks of the season when he was #3 and #4, respectively. He was a fantasy WR4 the rest of the way, though he did have his moments. The Ravens can’t afford to put Smith out to pasture because they let Torrey Smith walk in free agency and the team’s receiver corps is severely lacking experience. Smith has some upside given his ADP (8th/9th round) and the arrival of pass-happy OC Marc Trestman, who should be able to figure out how to best utilize Smith’s skill set on a more consistent basis.

Ravens Beat: WR Kamar Aiken 'stole the show' during second OTA practice

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 12:50pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Ravens WR Kamar Aiken quite simply just gets the job done, and he does it in a variety of ways.

He stole the show last week during the Ravens’ second OTA practice open to the media. Aiken hauled in a deep bomb, stretched for a fingertips grab over the middle, tiptoed the sideline and out leapt a defender for a score.

Aiken was a jack-of-all-trades last season too in a breakout campaign. He caught 24 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season. He scored a 19-yard touchdown against the New England Patriots in the divisional playoffs.

With Torrey Smith in San Francisco and Jacoby Jones in San Diego, Aiken now has a chance to become a starting wide receiver. There’s a lot of competition for the spot, but Aiken is competing on the first team and looks to have just as much a chance as any other.

Fantasy Impact:

Aiken was 12th in the league in fantasy points (PPR) per target last season. Breshad Perriman figures to win the starting job opposite Steve L Smith, but Aiken could serve as the team's WR3 or even start if Perriman struggles out of the gate.

Ravens Beat: Team 'counting on' more of the same from WR Steve Smith

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 11:51am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

The Ravens are hoping for more of the same from Steve L Smith in 2015. In fact, they aren’t just hoping – they’re counting on it.

In one sense, that’s a bit of a dice roll. As ESPN’s Jamison Hensley pointed out Monday, the last 36-year-old NFL receiver to surpass 1,000 yards in a season was Joey Galloway in 2007. It’s only happened five times in league history. There does seem to be a ceiling of sorts for receivers his age.

But if anyone is going to become the next guy to do it, it’s probably Smith. Last season, he made more receptions for Baltimore at age 35 than he did for Carolina at age 30 in 2009. He caught 41 passes in the first half of the season and 38 in the second half, so he didn’t wear down. His eight playoff catches included one for a touchdown against Darrelle Revis.

Now the issue becomes how to get the same production from him in 2015. It’s crucial to the Ravens’ prospects, given the relative inexperience of their other receivers.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith was the #20 WR in standard formats and #18 in PPR, but he did most of his damage in the first six weeks of the season when he was the #3 and #4 overall receiver, respectively. He was a fantasy WR4 the rest of the way, though he did have his moments. The Ravens can’t afford to put Smith out to pasture because they let Torrey Smith walk in free agency and the team’s receiver corps is severely lacking experience. Smith has some upside given his ADP (8th/9th round) and the arrival of pass-happy OC Marc Trestman, who should be able to figure out how to best utilize Smith’s skill set.

Ravens WR Steve Smith thinks 'age is a number'

Friday, May 29, 2015, 2:51pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Ravens WR Steve L Smith was one of the few offensive starters who showed up for OTA practice on Wednesday and he still looks sharp. He still runs crisp routes.

"Age comes, but football conditioning and routes and all that stuff, that doesn't change with age," Smith said. "Obviously, you probably have to start a little bit earlier. But yes, I'm 36 and I remember last year when I signed here [the media was not] expecting anything from a 35-year-old. Now, [the media] has to pick on me because I'm 36. I'm just going to play football and practice. I think I look halfway decent.

"I think there are teams that probably [are] drafting wide receivers hoping that they can get a guy fresh out of a college [who is] able to put up 1,000 yards [like] I did at 35, [and] they’re hoping a 20-something-year-old kid can do [it too]. I think age is a number, and you either show your age and that number over time … But right now, I feel good, and I’m playing well, so I think 36 is good.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith was the #20 WR in standard formats and #18 in PPR, but he did most of his damage in the first six weeks of the season when he was #3 and #4, respectively. He was a fantasy WR4 the rest of the way, though he did have his moments. The Ravens can’t afford to put Smith out to pasture because they let Torrey Smith walk in free agency and the team’s receiver corps is severely lacking experience. Smith has some upside given his ADP (8th/9th round) and the arrival of pass-happy OC Marc Trestman, who should be able to figure out how to best utilize Smith’s skill set.

Ravens Beat: Breshad Perriman 'has a shot' to become team's WR1 as a rookie

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 5:17pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman enters a very favorable position to put up some big numbers in his rookie season. He is the decided favorite to begin the season as a starter over Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro. He has a shot to become the Ravens' No. 1 receiver because coach John Harbaugh talked about how he wanted to reduce Steve L Smith's snaps to save on his wear and tear. And Perriman's speed is the perfect complement to Joe Flacco's strong arm.

Perriman probably won't make many short lists for rookie of the year before the season, because he's considered a more raw prospect than some of the wide receivers taken in the first round. He has to improve his route running and consistency catching the ball, which is why he fell to the Ravens at No. 26 overall.

"We got a guy with a tremendous amount of talent who’s only going to get better," assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said. "I’m not going to say he’s 'elite' or this or that, but he’s a very talented guy. He’s motivated, he’s smart, it’s important to him, comes from a football family, and he’s on the come [up], and we’re going to get the most out of him as we can."

Fantasy Impact:

The interesting takeaway here may be that the team would like to limit Smith's snaps, though that may not be easy given the team's situation at receiver. Harbaugh recently talked up Brown, so perhaps he's planning to play Brown over Smith in some situations.

Ravens WR Torrey Smith expects to see Brandon Browner more than Darrelle Revis

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 10:54pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

When Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith breaks the huddle Saturday against the New England Patriots, he anticipates having cornerback Brandon Browner frequently matching up against him.

Browner is one of the biggest and most physical corners in the NFL at 6-feet-4, 221 pounds. His style is based on roughing up wide receivers.

And Torrey Smith expects to see plenty of Browner during an AFC divisional round playoff game at Gillette Stadium instead of Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis is expected to line up against Steve L Smith most of the time.

Fantasy Impact:

Revis has been significantly better in coverage than Browner this season, so this is good news for those owners hoping to use him this week. He has been the #13 WR since Week 6, and has scored 11 touchdowns in his last 12 games.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Ravens WR Steve L Smith (illness, probable) missed practice again Friday and is probable for Week 15. Smith fell ill but should be fine to face Jacksonville.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. The probable tag means in all likelihood he’s going to play, but according to beat writer Aaron Wilson, Smith looked “extremely gimpy and uncomfortable.” If Smith is out, Steve L Smith would get a bump, while Kamar Aiken would have some appeal as a desperation start.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Ravens WR Steve L Smith (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Smith is in for a big workload if Torrey Smith (knee) can’t play. He posted a 7-70-1 line in a bad matchup against Miami last week.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Consider Smith questionable for Week 15 after his knee swelled up in warmups before Baltimore’s game against the Miami last week. If Smith is out, Steve L Smith would get a bump, while Kamar Aiken would have some appeal as a desperation start.

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