Steve Smith Sr. Less Anxious In Year Two


Last year, Steve Smith Sr. was still the new kid on the block entering training camp.

Now the 15-year veteran has a different feeling as he enters Year 2 with the Ravens.

"Obviously I'm a lot more comfortable," he said Monday at his youth football camp at Owings Mills High School. "I feel more at home. Less stress, less anxiety about how I'm going to fit in and how it's going to work."

Smith recalled some "interesting moments" during Organized Team Activities last year, perhaps referring to his scuffle with cornerback Lardarius Webb.

Smith made quick believers out of the Ravens and fans last training camp, turning heads with magnificent catches, big plays and his trademark highly competitive flair.

He rolled that into the regular season, where he had a very strong first campaign with a team-high 1,065 receiving yards and 79 catches, along with six touchdowns.

This year, Smith plans to tone it down a little bit in training camp. While he hardly took a day off last year, even when Head Coach John Harbaugh excused the over-30 club, Smith now joked that he's looking forward to those days.

"I was still working through the offense, still figuring it out," Smith said. "So I really couldn't afford to take days off."

Smith was asked whether he plans to take as many snaps this year during games. According to Pro Football Focus, he played in 929 out of a possible 1,227 snaps (75.7 percent).

"I anticipate it," Smith said. "I anticipate playing more snaps and playing further into January."

A Super Bowl title is one of the only accomplishments that has eluded Smith over his career. He had only a handful of playoff opportunities with the Panthers and fell short with the Ravens in last year's divisional playoffs.

Smith said the team's expectation this year is to make a run "deep in the playoffs," just like in previous years. That's what comes after making the playoffs six of the past seven years.

But if Smith and the Ravens were to win Super Bowl 50, Smith said that won't necessarily spell his retirement.

"If you win the Super Bowl, you get the ring and you walk away, you still have the same bills, the same issues, you're the same person," Smith said. "You don't all of a sudden get free cable for life if you win a Super Bowl.

"I don't allow it to put a value on me anymore. I kind of appreciate what I have, what I've been through. … I wouldn't substitute winning one Super Bowl over a 15-year career."

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