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Steve Smith has been “everything advertised” for Ravens

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When the Ravens decided to bring wide receiver Steve Smith on board following his release in Carolina, they were expecting to get an experienced, intense player who would be a leader on their offense in the 2014 season.

The early reviews from Ravens camp are that the team got exactly what they wanted. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees says that Smith has been “everything advertised” and that he’s cautioned defensive players not to make Smith mad because he’s more effective when his dander is up. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak also praised Smith’s competitiveness and the way he pushes teammates during practice.

“Boy, I watched him today, and I’ll tell you it was his best day with me out here,” Kubiak said, via the Baltimore Sun. “It’s just because each day he’s getting more comfortable with what we’re doing. He’s just so competitive. He brings an edge to practice all the time. He challenges people as far as how you play, how you go about doing things.”

The condition of Smith’s knees is reason for some concern about how effective he will be on the field this season, but that appears to be the only concern in place regarding whether or not the Ravens acquired the Smith of old.

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  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 11, 2014 8:11 AM

    Good luck to him. Glad he’s not in the NFC South any more, bad knees or not.

  2. raveallday says: Jun 11, 2014 8:21 AM

    LETS GO!!!

  3. guitarkevin says: Jun 11, 2014 8:25 AM

    Let’s hope he is healthy. We need players on our team who have a spark.

  4. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Jun 11, 2014 8:27 AM

    Welcome, welcome, welcome! We have no concern over his knees. Love his attitude and ability to raise his teammates game!

  5. corkspop says: Jun 11, 2014 8:30 AM

    He’ll give them a good year. It’s just a question of which teammate will get beat up in the process.

  6. dublindemonszfl says: Jun 11, 2014 8:32 AM

    Cool, good for both Steve Smith and the Ravens. Who did he punch?

  7. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 11, 2014 8:47 AM

    It would have only be actually surprising if Steve Smith did NOT show that white hot intensity and fire. That IS what Steve Smith has ALWAYS been about.

    Watch any tape on that guy — and despite his small size, he’s the most fired up player on the field, more ready to “go” than anyone else in pads. I have never seen that guy not have that “edge” Smith has — dude is absolutely fearless. Seriously, the guy was have been born without the fear gene.

    I always loved him in Carolina, and now that he’s with the hated Ravens — I still love the guy for his passion, fire, competitiveness, heart and edge. My belief is Ravens/Steelers will be restored to the ferocity we’ve seen a few years ago.

    Pittsburgh’s OL is healthy (for now – knock on wood). We have Munch coaching ‘em up. Heath is strong, Wheaties will surprise, LeVeon is healthy, the Steelers brought in Blount, Antonio is Antonio(!), Lance is crafty — and on the defense, we’ve got some speed to replace some aging stars. Mitchell is a heat-seeking missile, Cortez is continuing to improve, Timmons is Timmons(!), Shaz(!), Tuitt(!), Heyward (!).

    In Baltimore, they get stud TE Dennis Pitta back plus they bring in the underrated Owen Daniels — and Kubiak leans on TEs like no team other than (maybe) New England. Ngata should be at full health – and he and Geno Atkins are the two best interior DLs in the NFL (even over Suh IMO). Moseley should be a key beast for the Ravens for the next 12 years. And Steve Smith is a one man high production electrified intensity machine! Should be great — can’t wait!

  8. johnnyb1976 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:17 AM

    Dosent matter. Cincinnati is still the class of the AFC north get used to it.

  9. bizieman says: Jun 11, 2014 9:22 AM

    I wonder where his motivation will be when he has 2 catches and 3 overthrows.

  10. iman62 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:35 AM

    Ice those knees up son

  11. btellington says: Jun 11, 2014 9:41 AM

    He’s going to make the starters better at a lot of little things, like coming back to the ball. If he doesn’t, then he will berate them to the point they’re not effective. Based on his experience in Carolina and how he was released, I’m betting on more of the former and less of the latter.

  12. kitmandew says: Jun 11, 2014 9:43 AM

    Guarantee he will be missed with my Panthers!

  13. trolltoll11 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:49 AM

    Steve Smith does not look like Steve Smith in that uniform.

  14. flash1287 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:59 AM

    So he’s a punk there too?
    Wait till he isn’t able to leap for all those punts that sorry a$$ over paid and way way way overrated JUMP BALL JOE puts up!

  15. missingjimmyjohnsonsince1994 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:01 AM

    In Baltimore, they get stud TE Dennis Pitta back plus they bring in the underrated Owen Daniels — and Kubiak leans on TEs like no team other than (maybe) New England. Ngata should be at full health – and he and Geno Atkins are the two best interior DLs in the NFL (even over Suh IMO). Moseley should be a key beast for the Ravens for the next 12 years. And Steve Smith is a one man high production electrified intensity machine! Should be great — can’t wait!
    ____________________________________
    I hardly remember Kubiak ever leaning on TEs, unless you consider Andre Johnson a TE. And please tell me you aren’t referring to Shannon Sharpe’s career when Kubiak was with the Broncos, that is just a different animal.

  16. junkmtb says: Jun 11, 2014 10:12 AM

    Best of luck to you Smitty. Glad you’re impressing your new team.

  17. bengalguy says: Jun 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    Of and Old, slow, diva-like receiver, who likes to throw his ex- teammates under the proverbial bus is what he was advertised as…….than they got they’re man.
    WHO DEY NATION reigns in 2014…….AGAIN!!!!!

  18. qdog112 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:33 AM

    Crazy intense on the field. Will bring accountability to the offense and defense. Nobody will take a play off in Baltimore this year.

    He has set a new standard, leading by example. As a Panthers fan, I didn’t always like how he got into young players, but everything he did ended up a net plus.

    He will be missed, long after the man who fired him, becomes a footnote on a lost page of Panthers history.

  19. pilot2011 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:45 AM

    I knew 89 was real good, but that 2005 season made me a believer. What 5’9″ receiver gets triple teamed on a John Fox run first offense, Jake Delhomme throwing the ball, and still leads the league in receptions, yards, and touchdowns?

    That season alone was HOF worthy.

    Baltimore is definitely my 2nd favorite team until he calls it quits. Miss you Smitty.

  20. JSpicoli says: Jun 11, 2014 11:17 AM

    You thought he wouldn’t?

  21. theageofquarrel says: Jun 11, 2014 11:23 AM

    bengalguy says:
    Jun 11, 2014 10:16 AM
    Of and Old, slow, diva-like receiver, who likes to throw his ex- teammates under the proverbial bus is what he was advertised as…….than they got they’re man.
    WHO DEY NATION reigns in 2014…….AGAIN!!!!!

    Who Dey Nation?
    That’s hilarious.

  22. scoobies05 says: Jun 11, 2014 11:53 AM

    banker…great post. looking forward to another great year of football’s best rivalry
    who deny nation reigns again….probably. they are the kings of one and done

  23. bengalguy says: Jun 11, 2014 12:52 PM

    Whats funny is the Baltimore franchise now that Ray Lewis is retired.
    Get used to it…..theres gonna be more seasons like 2013-14 rather than 2012-13.

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 11, 2014 1:16 PM

    Just keep Elam away from that knee in practice, and he’ll be OK. That is, OK enough to get smothered by Ike Taylor.

  25. nickster31 says: Jun 11, 2014 1:20 PM

    OK, I have to admit, I originally came on here to throw an insult or two at the Ravens. (Yeah, blew right past the DB’s, but his walker has wheels on it)

    But the I read the comment about looking forward to our battles this year, and I am too.

    Is it just me, or have Bengals and Browns fans lost so much of their collective minds that they actually believe they are now better than us?

    I think this year, Pittsburgh and Baltimore are going to put Cincinnati back in their place (3rd in AFCN), and Cleveland, well, will prove to be Cleveland yet again.

    Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Championship Game!

  26. scoobies05 says: Jun 11, 2014 1:51 PM

    Nick….that would be phenomenal.

  27. Bull Rush says: Jun 11, 2014 4:54 PM

    Looking forward to game day with Smith Sr.
    Looking forward to a reignited Steeler/Raven fight.
    Looking forward to watching, but beating Manziel.
    Looking forward to Who Day nation (that’s just ridiculous by the way) going back into hiding.

    Skip summer, lets get to September ASAP!

  28. icardfan says: Jun 11, 2014 7:40 PM

    Not a Ravens fan or Carolina fan , but I love this guy! Always have. Throwback tough guy that the league will someday miss. He will change that offense in Baltimore. Also would like to add I went to a Carolina vs. Cards playoff game and fine people of that city taught me what real hospitality is. Good Luck to Mr Smith this year.

  29. theageofquarrel says: Jun 12, 2014 5:34 AM

    Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Championship Game!

    The Steelers would win…….again.

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