Steve Smith is heading into his 15th NFL season, which means he has more than a decade of NFL experience more than any of the other receivers on the Ravens roster.
That disparity has led to a lot of talk about Smith serving as a mentor to receivers like Breshad Perriman and Marlon Brown in the next few months and any young wideout would do well to try to glean some secrets from Smith about how to thrive in the NFL. One thing they might learn is that Smith doesn’t think he’s past learning new things to try on the field just because he’s been doing it for so long.
“I feel like I can learn something from them just like they feel like they can learn something from me,” Smith said, via ESPN.com. “So, I may see a guy do a release, and I’ll jot down a note for myself. And then I may see something, and I’ll tell them. I just really look at it as really two professionals evaluating each other and giving out some great input and that’s really it. [It is] less of [being a] mentor, more of just having a conversation. If you walk in there like, ‘Hey, I’m the older guy …’ I just go in there [and say], ‘Look, I can learn from you; you can learn from me.'”
Smith and the Ravens are working with a new offensive coordinator in Marc Trestman, which should provide him with plenty of opportunities to pick up new things to use as he tries for another strong season for in an offense that needs him to continue to produce in the passing game.