Steve Smith | WR | Carolina Panthers
Posted: 11/28/2013 4:08pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 28.
Huddle Up: Likely just a maintenance day for the 34-year-old Smith, who did practice Wednesday. If that's the case, he should be back on the field Friday.
Posted: 9/23/2013 9:19am et
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith left the Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears briefly due to a hip injury. He came down hard on his hip on a catch attempt, but was able to return. He finished with 40 yards on three receptions, and he was targeted seven times.
Huddle Up: By the time Smith was able to return the rout was on for the Panthers, so he wasn't particularly needed as Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn were torching the Giants' secondary. We'll keep an eye on Smith's status going forward, as he's still the most reliable member of the Carolina passing game.
Posted: 9/5/2013 2:54pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith blamed former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski for the team's struggles last year on offense. 'The prior offensive coordinator [Chudzinski] really was positioning himself to just apply for that head coaching job,' Smith said. 'I think our offense suffered a little bit because of that. At times, we got cute. We did things that weren't necessarily us, like the underutilizing of [running back] Mike Tolbert. But we're out of that. The past is the past.'
Huddle Up: The struggles certainly haven't hampered Smith as he remains the Panthers' unquestioned No. 1 WR -- even at age 34. As for the team's new OC, Mike Shula, the Panthers' offense remains a bit of a mystery as Shula hasn't run an NFL offense since 1999 with the Bucs.
Posted: 5/31/2013 11:17am et
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith said he wants to play 15 or 16 seasons. The 33-year-old and 13-year veteran wants to emulate former Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber, who just retired. "Physically, I feel great right now," Smith said. He battled knee injuries for much of last year but reportedly has looked limber and has his motor back.
Huddle Up: Smith has shown no signs of slowing down, and the Panthers haven't exactly lined up his successor as the team's go-to receiver so they aren't expecting a drop-off either. Despite Smith's consistent production he's slipping off the fantasy radar with an ADP that tracks him as a fringe fantasy WR3, which feels like an opportunity for the shrewd drafter.
Posted: 5/31/2013 12:03am et
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith said he wants to play 15 or 16 years in his career, which would take him through the 2015 season or the 2016 season. Smith said he feels great physically, and head coach Ron Rivera said he believes Smith is still at the top of his game.
Huddle Up: With the retirement announcement from the "other" Steve Smith earlier this week, many immediately assumed it was the Panthers' Smith, who turned 34 in May. Still, with 152 catches for 2,568 yards and 11 TDs over the past 2 seasons, Smith is still going strong, and his 2-year yardage total ranks as the second-best back-to-back season total in his 12-year career.
Posted: 3/26/2013 12:20pm et
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera plans to give WR Steve Smith more rest during the regular season in order to keep him healthy. 'I think we have to be smart with Steve, make sure we put him in position to take advantage of his abilities and maximize his time and not waste his time or reps. So he's getting quality reps and quality plays,' Rivera said.
Huddle Up: Smith has enjoyed a revival of sorts since QB Cam Newton's arrival in 2011, hauling in 79 and 73 passes, respectively, over the past 2 seasons. Still, Smith turns 34 in May, and can't reasonably be expected to stay productive as the team's do-it-all one-man WR show any longer.