Steve Smith could smell the fear (or something) in Eagles rookie

AP

Eagles cornerback Eric Rowe grew up idolizing Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith.

But their shared background at Utah didn’t earn Rowe any special treatment from the veteran wideout when they practiced against each other yesterday.

“He told me to get my feet right. And then when I broke up the pass, he was like, ‘I saw in your eyes, it looked like you [soiled] yourself,’ ” Rowe said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And I was like, ‘No, man, I don’t panic out here.’ I expected that coming from him, but I just laughed.”

Smith has always tormented and taunted opposing corners, largely to try to get in their heads and distract them from the job at hand. But he was generally complimentary of the Eagles rookie, who batted a pass away from him on one play.

“He made a play, I think,” Smith said. “You can write whatever you want. You’re going to find out Saturday. It’s 15 years, bro. Fifteen years, come on. A little guy — I’m the guy from Utah. He’s from Utah. We’re going to come out here, make plays, have fun.

“But I can’t assess someone out of a six-second route if he’s going to be the next Deion Sanders. I’m not saying that he won’t.”

For Smith, that qualifies as praise. And for Rowe, simply leaving the practice clean is a good thing.

26 responses to “Steve Smith could smell the fear (or something) in Eagles rookie

  1. Rowe did a pretty decent job covering Smith but I’m sure even Rowe understands that Steve is known for burning top corners…as for trash talk, Dawkins use to do it all the time and he got into people’s heads..trash talk is good for the game, keeps people competitive

  2. What’s all the talk about Steve Smith earning a bus ticket to Canton (Hall of Fame) with only a projected 80 TDs, total, assuming he retires at the end of this 2015 season. OchoUno (T.O., i.e., Terrell Owens) has a total of 153 TDs over fifteen (15) seasons in the NFL — suffice it to say, OchoUno already has “bus ticket” in-hand.

  3. I would expect the Ravens to think the Eagles practice easy. They went way slower to accommodate them. The Eagles huddled after every play and allowed the Ravens time to set up on every defensive series.

    Philly didnt huddle or wait to snap the ball once in practice until the Ravens showed up.

    Chip and Harbaugh probably had an agreement not to run hurry up so the Ravens could run the defensive plays they wanted and also have time to get there guys in the right position.

  4. I like Steve Smith- but these veteran guys need to take a dose of reality. A lot of the rookies are stronger and quicker- they arent afraid of you. Infact on this play he beat you and u say he was afraid?!?!?! C’mon.

  5. Smith just doesn’t stop talking, about anything and everything . If they had a Hall of Fame for trash talking he would be first ballot. Unfortunately for him they don’t.

  6. For a bottom of the 2nd round rookie he’s doing well. He’s going to get beat. As long as he has short term memory and improves it’s all good. I’m more concerned with reports of Nolan Carrol getting beat. He’s the projected starter. We need better play out of the secondary. Have needed it for years.

  7. Write about the “apple juice” comment from Smith. That is classic Steve Smith Sr.

    “Have you heard about our practices?” Smith asked. “Exactly. We’re three hours. This 2:15, 2:45, man, this is like apple juice. It’s great.”

  8. If Steve Smith was truly a master of smack talk he wouldn’t have a history of sucker punching people. The fact he’s the one more likely to start swinging means that it’s more likely that you can get under his skin than he’s getting under anybody else’s.

  9. I guess they didnt care for the comments Smith said yesterday about being at home with his wife for her bday so they had to make something out of nothing with this article! lol

  10. As an Eagles fan, I wouldn’t mind if Smith tortured Rowe throughout every practice then on the exhibition game on Saturday… I want our rookies to get embarrassed, learn, work hard and be great.

  11. bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Aug 20, 2015 11:12 AM

    Only thing Smith smells is another 3rd place in Afc north!
    ~
    Dude, enough with the division already. You’re a Steeler fan! Think bigger! Arguing about the division is what the Bengals do because they got nothing else.

  12. Its convenient to say don’t “argue about the division” when you are on the verge of three straight 3rd place finishes.

    Big Ben has been to three SBs and 4 AFCCGs in 11 seasons. We know more than the division than Jumpball Joe and the Ratbirds do.

    The Rats have alot of playoff appearances and barely anything to show for it.

  13. tbsteeler says:
    Aug 21, 2015 10:22 AM

    Its convenient to say don’t “argue about the division” when you are on the verge of three straight 3rd place finishes.

    Big Ben has been to three SBs and 4 AFCCGs in 11 seasons. We know more than the division than Jumpball Joe and the Ratbirds do.

    The Rats have alot of playoff appearances and barely anything to show for it.
    ========================

    I’m not sure any Ravens fans genuinely care about division titles when they are moving on in the post season and the opposing team (steelers) are going home…

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