We wrote last week the Panthers are desperate to find a number two receiver.
Steve Smith thinks he’s found the guy and his name is Steve Smith.
“Well the thing is, everybody keeps saying a compliment receiver to complement me . . . I don’t want anyone to complement me. I’m turning 31 years old, people can say I’m losing speed, yada, yada, yada. I would like a younger guy to come in and eventually take my spot. I don’t want to be a #1 anymore.” Smith said on WFNZ, as transcribed by SportsRadioInterviews.com.
Smith may be using some criticism as motivation, but has been thinking about his football mortality more lately.
“I don’t want to be a guy who can’t let go of something he’s got to let go. I would like to be a guy that can play in the slot all day, and I would like some of these young guys to start
doing some of the out routes like I was doing for Moose and Ricky when I was fresh legged and when I didn’t know what I was doing, and really start to develop and start handing over the torch.”
That would be a great problem for the Panthers to have. The reality is that Smith still plays like a true number one receiver. And the Panthers don’t even have a quality number three with him on the roster.