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Steve Smith likes the way Joe Flacco throws the deep ball

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New Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith has long thought about playing for the Ravens, and Joe Flacco’s a big part of that.

Smith said that Flacco’s arm strength and ability to throw the deep ball were part of the reason he signed with the Ravens.

“I’ve been an admirer of him, even just watching him in college at Delaware and then coming into the draft,” Smith said, via Clifton Brown of CSNBaltimore.com. “You know, as a wide receiver you always kind of look at the quarterbacks in the draft every year to see which guys (have potential) and what they say about whom. How I evaluate a quarterback – if he’s on the other hash and you run a comeback, where’s your ball placement? Is the ball hitting the guy at the ankles, or is he hitting him in the chest?

“He throws a lot of good, easy balls that you can snag (with) one hand. It makes it look good so I like those.”

While Smith and the Ravens are still in the honeymoon phase of their relationship, it’s also not hard to extrapolate Smith’s comments to other quarterbacks.

Other than two ridiculous seasons (2001 and 2010) in which he was working with Chris Weinke, Jimmy Clausen, Matt Moore and Brian St. Pierre, Smith has caught most of his passes from either Jake Delhomme or Cam Newton.

Delhomme tended to lead Smith high if anything (allowing a lot of those good-looking one-handed catches), and those two were extremely productive through the years.

So while he didn’t mention Newton by name, it’s almost as if Smith and his previous quarterback weren’t exactly BFFs.

 

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29 Responses to “Steve Smith likes the way Joe Flacco throws the deep ball”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 2, 2014 3:38 PM

    If Newt’s balls were at Stevie’s ankles they are going to be at Kelvin Benjamin’s toes.

  2. spasticpickle says: Jun 2, 2014 3:39 PM

    Complimenting his new QB is not the same as bashing his old QB…

  3. ncsusix says: Jun 2, 2014 3:39 PM

    Name 1 WR that would say his current QB is worse than his previous QB.

  4. ravanator says: Jun 2, 2014 3:43 PM

    Steve Smith should truely feel blessed to be able to catch passes thrown by the great Joe Flacco, a future first ballot hall of famer.

    #joemontanaflacco
    #ravensowntheafcn

  5. Coach John Harbaugh says: Jun 2, 2014 3:46 PM

    steve smith likes the way the ravens win super bowls

    #FACT

  6. theo1254 says: Jun 2, 2014 3:46 PM

    in before someone makes a moronic jumpball joke

  7. getyourownname says: Jun 2, 2014 3:48 PM

    “Name 1 WR that would say his current QB is worse than his previous QB.”

    I’m pretty sure Eric Decker would be lying if he didn’t say this.

  8. watermelon1 says: Jun 2, 2014 3:49 PM

    Let’s see how he feels when flacco is actually playing against a defense.

    Remember Smith quitting on routes even for his boy delhomme? I imagine smith treating flacco like Ken Lucas after about the 7th late or overthrown ball in a game.

  9. thevikesarebest says: Jun 2, 2014 3:56 PM

    That’s cute…and it’s intercepted.

  10. bengalguy says: Jun 2, 2014 3:56 PM

    If he wanted Jump balls, Motor- mouth Steve Smith should’ve played Basketball, cuz thats how Joe throws it!!!!!
    Smitty was & always will be a Diva, and Flacco still feels the need to tell everyone how good he thinks he is !
    Sounds like a match made in Heaven

  11. xLith says: Jun 2, 2014 4:02 PM

    I am not going to lie. I just came here for the comments.

  12. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 2, 2014 4:17 PM

    Smith is to Newton as Shockey is to Eli.

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 2, 2014 4:19 PM

    Steve Smith should truely feel blessed to be able to catch passes thrown by the great Joe Flacco, a future first ballot hall of famer.

    #joemontanaflacco
    #ravensowntheafcn

    Of course Jump Ball will be in the Ravens
    Hall of Fame ….on the non criminal wall where he could be lonely.

  14. scoobies05 says: Jun 2, 2014 4:21 PM

    Joe has 9 playoff wins…thats 9 more then dalton

  15. klgeorge13 says: Jun 2, 2014 4:25 PM

    Steve Smith was one of the greatest WRs I’ve ever seen when he was in his prime. Still got lots of respect for him, but his prime was a while ago. Good luck in Bmore.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 2, 2014 4:25 PM

    Smith likes the way Flacco throws the deep ball – often.

  17. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 2, 2014 4:28 PM

    ““I’ve been an admirer of him, even just watching him in college at Delaware and then coming into the draft,”

    Smith must’ve started watching college ball after Flacco transferred to Deleware because he couldn’t beat out Tyler Palko at Pit.

  18. hakunamangata says: Jun 2, 2014 4:29 PM

    A steeler fan making fun of the Ravens for off the field issues is like Snookie calling Kate Upton ugly.

    As for the Bengal fans…eh you’ve suffered enough so if it makes you feel better to make fun of a winning franchise go ahead. That’s the closest you’ll get to one.

  19. overratedsteelerhater says: Jun 2, 2014 4:34 PM

    going to fit good in b-more.the red rifle is the interception specialist.this might be it for him,cincy moving backward….

  20. claymatthewshairplugs says: Jun 2, 2014 4:36 PM

    What’s he gonna say when Joe goes Flaccid in the 2nd half and overthrows every pass finishing with 80 yards on 30 pass attempts?

  21. qdog112 says: Jun 2, 2014 4:38 PM

    When Smith was drafted Cam was in the 5th grade, pulling girls braids and giggling. All this “not best friends” stuff is nuts.

    They had a working relationship, which is what you expect from middle-aged family man and a young single QB, presumably into girls and video games.

    Reading anything negative into their relationship is nonsense and a case of reporters trying to create a story, where there is none.

    Steve has one enemy on the Panthers and that is Dave Gettleman.

  22. FoozieGrooler says: Jun 2, 2014 5:12 PM

    Ravens 8-8, miss the playoffs again.

  23. ravenswhat says: Jun 2, 2014 5:52 PM

    He wouldn’t be the first sure fire hall of famer to catch a long ball from Flacco. And he won’t be the last.

  24. amgdds says: Jun 2, 2014 6:24 PM

    The “I can’t throw the ball to myself” comment in 3…2…1

  25. idonthavethebloodyoucrave says: Jun 2, 2014 9:18 PM

    QUACK! QUACK! QUACK!

  26. scoobies05 says: Jun 3, 2014 1:18 PM

    what insightful commentary. but when your team is coming off another horrid season with no hope for the future, I guess that’s all you have to talk about. Good luck with Mike Adams by the way. can’t wait for him to be cut

  27. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 3, 2014 8:35 PM

    This season I think Newton is going to miss Steve Smith more than Smith will miss Newton.

  28. guitarkevin says: Jun 4, 2014 12:54 PM

    People love to hate on what they can’t have.

  29. SAV says: Jun 5, 2014 6:57 PM

    I dont remember TJ Houshmanzadeh jumping as Flacco hit him for game winners, in Pittsburgh three years ago. Don’t remember Jacoby jumping in Denver in OT or in the Superbowl. I dont recall Boldin jumping for a ball in the SB either. I like jump ball Joe nickname however every time I hear it it reminds me that the Ravens own the strongest arm in the league

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