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Steve Smith Sr. | Wide Receiver

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/12/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 195
College: Utah
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Steve Smith Sr. has announced he will retire at the end of the 2015 season.
Rules and regulations. The No. 74 overall pick of the 2001 draft, Sr. is headed into his 15th campaign. He remains a highly-effective player, but did begin to fade down the stretch last season. Nevertheless, he'll remain a full-timer for 2015, and is coming off his eighth 1,000-yard effort. The diminutive Sr. is a WR3/4 for 2015. The NFL won't be the same without him. Aug 10 - 1:05 PM

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Steve Smith Sr. expects to remain a full-time player in the Ravens' offense this season.

Back in May, coach John Harbaugh mentioned reducing Smith's snaps in an effort to save on his wear and tear at age 36. Doing so is idealistic and ultimately unrealistic for the Ravens, who are otherwise counting on major roles for rookies Breshad Perriman and Maxx Williams in their pass-catching corps. "I think it's going to be hard for both of us to do that," Smith said Friday. "Because we're both competitors and we both want to win." Smith is a solid fantasy WR3 pick this year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 4:10 PM

Steve Smith Sr. said he didn't seriously contemplate retirement after last season.

On the other hand, Sr. said he doesn't plan to play until he's 40. He turned 36 earlier this month. Sr. was a pleasant surprise for the Ravens last season, catching 79 passes for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns. Coach John Harbaugh hopes to reduce Smith's snaps to save wear and tear, but he'll be heavily needed with rookie Breshad Perriman replacing Torrey Smith.
May 28 - 3:06 PM

Coach John Harbaugh said he would like to reduce Steve Smith's snaps to save on his wear and tear.

Smith is entering his age-36 season, obviously an extremely high number for an NFL wideout. We saw him wear down as the season moved along last year, averaging 16.5 YPC with four touchdowns in the first eight games and 10.3 YPC with two scores in the final eight outings. The problem for the Ravens is they have very little talent behind Smith and first-rounder Breshad Perriman. Getting Smitty to take a seat will be easier said than done.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 9:26 AM

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said the team does not "absolutely need a wide receiver."

"We absolutely need a tight end," Bisciotti said. "We do not absolutely need a wide receiver." Perhaps Bisciotti needs to take another look at the depth chart. Aside from the nearly 36-year-old Steve Smith, the Ravens' receiver corps is filled with either unproven or unspectacular possession receivers. Baltimore absolutely needs to find someone to fill the shoes of the departed Torrey Smith. Ohio State WR Devin Smith would make a lot of sense if he falls into the second round.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 10:52 AM

Coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL Combine that Steve Smith Sr. will stay with the Ravens in 2015.

Smith turns 36 in May, but is owed a reasonable $3 million salary. "He's planning on being back and we're planning on having him back," said Harbaugh. Smith Sr. is a proficient enough route runner to excel in new OC Marc Trestman's timing-and-rhythm offense. He may be an underrated WR3 in 2015 fantasy.
Feb 18 - 3:01 PM

Although Steve Smith Sr. plans on returning for the 2015 season, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has encouraged him to "take three weeks to decide how he feels."

Speaking Tuesday, coach John Harbaugh hinted Sr. could be back in a reduced role. "It doesn't have to be a role where he is playing every snap," Harbaugh said. "(But) he still looks like he has plenty left in the tank to me." Smith's 834 snaps were 35th amongst wideouts in 2014, but his effectiveness waned as the season wore on. He's due a reasonable $3 million in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 13 - 7:24 PM

Steve Smith Sr. confirmed after the Ravens' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots that he'll continue his playing career in 2015.

Smith Sr. admittedly considered retirement after the 2013 season, but his release from the Panthers breathed life into him. He'll turn 36 in May but stays in fine shape. Sr. got off to a torrid start in 2014 before falling off. The Ravens need Sr. with Torrey Smith set to enter free agency come March.
Jan 11 - 11:59 AM

Steve Smith Sr. caught 3-of-4 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore's Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

It was another noisemaking afternoon for Sr., who scorched Darrelle Revis on his nine-yard score in the first quarter. Smith also drew a 20-yard DPI call on Revis. There was a scary moment in the second quarter, where Sr. appeared to wrench his left knee. He eventually ran off the field under his own power, and returned to the game a few minutes later. Going on 36, Sr. predictably faded after his monster start this season, but settled in as a consistent chain mover for Joe Flacco. He cleared 1,000 yards (1,065) while averaging 13.5 yards per grab. Due a bargain $3 million in 2015, he'll be back in Baltimore.
Jan 10 - 8:38 PM

Steve Smith had five catches for 101 yards in the Ravens' Wild Card win over the Steelers.

Smith's highlights were two 20-plus yard receptions, including a 40-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter. He was targeted a team-high seven times. It was Smith's second straight game with at least 90 yards. Smith will likely match up with Patriots CB Darrelle Revis in the Divisional Round.
Jan 4 - 12:39 AM

Steve Smith Sr. caught 8-of-12 targets for 90 yards Week 17 against the Browns.

Smith had one bad drop, but otherwise had a solid day after struggling through the second half of the season. Smith was targeted in the end zone once, but had to turn into a defender on a badly underthrown ball from Joe Flacco. Losing steam down the stretch, Smith is not a great bet to be a big contributor in the postseason.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:40:00 PM

Steve Smith Sr. caught five passes for 49 yards in the Ravens' Week 16 loss to the Texans.

He and Torrey Smith were each targeted 2 times. Sr. could have had a bigger day, but dropped a 15-plus-yard gain on a 3rd-and-11 pass. Joe Flacco then missed Smith on what may have gone for a 70-yard touchdown before halftime. Flacco was off accuracy-wise all afternoon, but Smith also can't separate much. He and the 9-6 Ravens host the Browns in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Steve Smith Sr. caught five passes for 37 yards in the Ravens' Week 15 win over the Jaguars.

Senior caught all five of his targets, but clearly didn't do much with them. He worked mostly against impressive rookie CB Aaron Colvin on the outside. Excluding his Week 14 7-70-1 line, Smith has been pretty awful the past two months. He's not making any explosive plays. Smith is more of a WR3/4.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:30:00 PM

The Ravens held Steve Smith Sr. out of Friday's practice because he is sick.

Coach John Harbaugh said afterwards that Smitty will be "fine" for Week 15 against the Jags. With Torrey Smith (knee) either not playing or trying to play at less than 100 percent, Smith Sr. is an attractive WR3 play this week.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 01:16:00 PM

Steve Smith Sr. caught 7-of-11 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' Week 14 win over the Dolphins.

With Torrey Smith limited to decoy duties, Sr. responded with his best game in two months. Sr. could have had an eighth grab, but committed a drop in the end zone. Sr. is doing his job for the Ravens, but remains a low-ceiling option as a WR3.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 06:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Joe Flacco
2Matt Schaub
3Bryn Renner
RB1Justin Forsett
2Lorenzo Taliaferro
3Buck Allen
4Fitzgerald Toussaint
5Terrence Magee
GLB1Lorenzo Taliaferro
2Justin Forsett
3RB1Justin Forsett
2Buck Allen
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
2Kiero Small
WR11Steve Smith Sr.
2Marlon Brown
3Michael Campanaro
4Aldrick Robinson
5DeAndre Carter
WR21Breshad Perriman
2Kamar Aiken
3Darren Waller
4Jeremy Butler
5Tom Nelson
WR31Kamar Aiken
TE1Crockett Gillmore
2Maxx Williams
3Allen Reisner
4Nick Boyle
5Konrad Reuland
K1Justin Tucker
2Justin Manton