Celebrating his 35th birthday this month, Smith is apparently as primed and pumped up as ever to get on the field and take it to opposing teams.
Smith talking about some of his motivation:
I love competition. Obviously, you [reporters] seem to always have something to say and have a comment, so I love to read those. And I’d like to serve a little humble pie to you and do a little better than what you think
Smith on what type of throws quarterback Joe Flacco can make:
He throws a lot of good, easy balls that you can snag (with) one hand," "It makes it look good, so I like those.
On where he likes to line up in an offense:
Between the white lines. If you’re outside the white lines, you’re not lined up.
On how his aggressive personality will mesh with Flacco's more reserved and quiet demeanor:
It’s not like you’re out there sharing cookie recipes – it’s an aggressive game. Outside of the field, I’m quiet, I’m minding my business, I’m low key, I’m laid back. I enjoy family time and I enjoy hanging out. I enjoy pranks and having fun. But on the field it’s business.
Steve Smith on what he thinks he still had left in the tank:
The defensive (back) that’s going to be sitting in front of me – he’s going to find out how much I have left in the tank, and he’ll find out real quick.
Smith had a down year with the Panthers last year that is leaving many media members to question if he has hit the end of his career and how useful he'll be to the Ravens as a consistent wideout. Smith caught 64 passes for 745 yards and 4 touchdowns in a Panther's offense that was geared more towards the run and shorter passes to help out young quarterback Cam Newton.
Smith is expected to be the third wideout on the depth chart this season for the Ravens in a Derrick Mason/Anquan Boldin type role where he will be counted on to make tough catches and move the chains. Smith, like the other veteran wide receivers before him, should impart some of his toughness and attitude on a rather bland and relaxed offense.