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Steve Smith says Panthers don’t need Plaxico

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Plaxico Burress says he wants to play with the Panthers, but the team’s No. 1 receiver says there are no job openings in Carolina.

Steve Smith said on NFL Network’s Total Access that he doesn’t see how Burress could fit on the Panthers’ depth chart, which Smith believes already has the right mix of veterans and youngsters. Smith also said he supports coach Ron Rivera’s effort to build the team primarily through bringing in young talent, rather than aging stars.

“We’ve filled our chairs in the receivers room with already a lot of guys – young and older guys,” Smith said. “To bring in Plax [and] to let one of those guys go it wouldn’t be the coach Rivera way. The guys that are in there, they earned those chairs for right now and allowed them to go through training camp.”

Smith said he thinks highly of Burress and thinks it’s possible that Burress could help the Panthers if they lose receivers to injury, but at the moment Smith believes the Panthers have all the receivers they need, and adding Burress could stunt the growth of younger players.

“We have some guys that are trying to make their way into the starting lineup and have a bigger role,” Smith said. “Adding a guy like that would take away some of their development so I don’t really agree with it. Carolina has already come out and said they’re not interested right now, but he’s an exceptional wide receiver and can help a team. I just don’t think it’s the right fit for us right now.”

And it still remains to be seen whether any team thinks Burress is the right fit for its locker room.

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35 Responses to “Steve Smith says Panthers don’t need Plaxico”
  1. eaglesfootballfan says: Jun 21, 2012 9:40 PM

    Steve Smith is right, they are a young team with a young QB in Cam Newton and are only going to get better.

  2. bdowdell15 says: Jun 21, 2012 9:41 PM

    Brandon LeFell and David Gettis are breakout candidates. Though neither are probably ever gonna be #1 WR’s, but at this point Plax isn’t either.

  3. jeffw says: Jun 21, 2012 9:43 PM

    In other words, “there is room for only 1 immature diva around here and I already fill dat role”.

  4. southcakpanther says: Jun 21, 2012 9:44 PM

    While the thought of Plax reaching up to snare a pass on an end zone fade route is nice, Steve is dead on. My Panthers are trying to build something long term and developing our crop of receivers is key. LaFell is on pace for a nice season and we need to see what Gettis has. I lOve the way Rivera and Hurney are going abOut building this team.

  5. 23tarheel23 says: Jun 21, 2012 9:48 PM

    Gotta love Smitty!

  6. sufferingbirdsfan says: Jun 21, 2012 9:51 PM

    i would take steve smith over Plaxico any day

  7. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 21, 2012 10:00 PM

    Plax needs to look at a calendar. It’s not 2007 anymore. I would take a healthy Braylon Edwards over Plax.

  8. chazzmon says: Jun 21, 2012 10:05 PM

    I can see it now- Coming soon… this Fall “The T-Plaxo unemployed show” get your popcorn! Or maybe they’ll be selling popcorn come September.

  9. jdandcoke says: Jun 21, 2012 10:08 PM

    what could have been: after being a main cog in the giants championship run of 07, plax helps the giants repeat in 08; he remains an integral part of the giants offense for the next two years; in 2011 he settles into the role of 4th receiver/red-zone specialist and wins a 3rd ring. in 2012, after having had a great personal career and winning three titles, plax retires as an all-time giants great

    BUT INSTEAD….plax just HAD to go to the club that night.

  10. hartdaddy says: Jun 21, 2012 10:11 PM

    Nobody needs Plaxico…

  11. honkeyt says: Jun 21, 2012 10:12 PM

    That headline is misleading. Making it out like Smith disrespected Burris. Smith was very respectable to Plax in that interview.

  12. thepunkyqb says: Jun 21, 2012 10:18 PM

    Steve Smith is a beast. Given his height disadvantage, the man is amazing. leave him be and let Plexiglass attend some more nightclubs.

  13. bucrightoff says: Jun 21, 2012 10:20 PM

    Bring Plax to camp so Steve Smith can punch him in the face, then cut him.

  14. reporterofthetruth says: Jun 21, 2012 10:23 PM

    Besides, Carolina doesn’t allow pockets in the the player uniforms for 45’s

  15. tarheelpirate says: Jun 21, 2012 10:29 PM

    He’s exactly right. They went the big-name veteran WR route a few years ago with Keyshawn Johnson and forgot to develop any young receivers. Steve Smith has grown into a strong leader and excellent teammate.

  16. rabidmike says: Jun 21, 2012 10:31 PM

    Obviously, “the real” Steve Smith I is not concerned that Plax will retaliate by shooting himself in the leg.

  17. ahostiletakeover says: Jun 21, 2012 10:37 PM

    I remember being at the Panthers game when they played my Ravens in ’10. The Panthers only highlights of the game were a couple of long runs by Mike Goodson and LaFell catching a bomb and beating Josh Wilson, who usually was excellent that season in coverage. LaFell has the speed and size to be a very good number 2. Receiver opposite Smith. Having Cam Newton as your QB only helps, wouldn’t be surpised if LaFell breaks out this year.

  18. frankdatank23 says: Jun 21, 2012 11:00 PM

    Love this guy. The Ray Lewis of receivers.
    If he had consistent QB play his whole career he’d be a Lock for the HOF too. Best panther ever ? Besides Sam Mills ?

  19. ncbengalmike says: Jun 21, 2012 11:06 PM

    thepunkyqb says:Jun 21, 2012 10:18 PM

    Steve Smith is a beast.

    You are correct. The players on his own team he beat the hell out of will confirm.

    Besides Plax would steal attention and we know steve has to have the attention

  20. drunkwino says: Jun 21, 2012 11:12 PM

    Steve Smith, classy guy?! Is everyone high? Ask Ken Lucas about Smiths class. What was that he said to Delhomme again? “I like you as a man but you’re garbage as a QB,” or something close? Classy guys always tell their co-workers in ruts that they suck.

    WTF?

  21. norcalmafia says: Jun 21, 2012 11:14 PM

    This topic is like Seattle…cold and boring..

  22. 805_9er says: Jun 21, 2012 11:15 PM

    Nobody needs Plax! Ask your dentist!

  23. pantherpro says: Jun 21, 2012 11:32 PM

    Steve Smith will be MVP in Super Bowl this year!

  24. catman72 says: Jun 21, 2012 11:35 PM

    He’s right… I’ll stick with LaFell and Gettis thank you very much.

  25. dealer009 says: Jun 22, 2012 12:00 AM

    The man served 2 years hard time people, and was embarassed publicly. Why drudge on with the brainless jokes?

  26. newtonworth says: Jun 22, 2012 12:15 AM

    If we wanted another vet WR we would of gone after moss when he was available and if we had a WR need so bad we would of traded down and got Floyd clearly they like the group we have and I trust our coaches to make the right decision. Go panthers!!

  27. rajbais says: Jun 22, 2012 12:41 AM

    Translation: all those ball are for me!!!

  28. rajbais says: Jun 22, 2012 12:41 AM

    Translation: All those balls go to me!!!

  29. yojoemama says: Jun 22, 2012 12:52 AM

    Hook a brotha up man. Burress is out of prison, broke and soon to be unemployed with a family to feed. Don’t diss him bro. Smith could have kept quiet or supported him.

  30. jnova80 says: Jun 22, 2012 1:43 AM

    jeffw says: Jun 21, 2012 9:43 PM

    In other words, “there is room for only 1 immature diva around here and I already fill dat role”.

    —————————————————

    The term “diva receiver” is getting used too loosely nowadays. Just because a player had one or two little incidents doesn’t make them a “diva”. And I’m willing to bet the Panthers wouldn’t trade this “diva” for the world. Much respect to Smith and I’m no even a Carolina fan.

  31. EJ says: Jun 22, 2012 7:34 AM

    Burris will catch on somewhere, Injuries usually have teams searching for receivers by week 3. He is a great redzone threat, just a pain in the arse.

  32. realsavage says: Jun 22, 2012 10:34 AM

    Well I agree with wat smith been saying… I actually was preaching this before the draft the faith we need to.have lafell nd gettis… Butttt sorry to say but I’m hoping tutu gets hurt in training… Idk bout him… And plaxico I’m sure will not hurt

  33. cmdrsmooth says: Jun 22, 2012 11:14 AM

    Plax is not good for the locker room. He definitely fueled the Santonio Holmes/Sanchez situation. Just listen how he still chats on the radio. Of course he wants to play for Carolina, no one else wants him.

    It’s Plax being Plax.

  34. rhymeswithpunt says: Jun 23, 2012 2:13 AM

    Plax should sign with Seattle

  35. mrmorton10 says: Jun 23, 2012 9:24 AM

    I hoped my man saved some of that Jets money cause it aint looking good for him right now. That being said the Browns, Dolphins, Rams, Colts, Bengals and a half a dozen other teams could use a guy that has great hands and catches TD passes (especially in the red zone-with is crucial). The guy got released from a 2 year prison stint and caught 6 TD’s last year for christ sakes. Guaranteed he plays and probably starts for an NFL team in 2012.

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