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Steve Smith activated from PUP list

16 August 2010 Leave a comment

According to Darin Gantt, Smitty is cleared to practice with the team after suffering a broken arm during the offseason (the same arm he broke against the Giants in Week 16 last year).

Gantt:

WR Steve Smith was activated from the physically unable to perform list, and ran a few routes during individual drills this morning. … That’s not to say he’s going to take any contact soon, as they want to make sure that broken left arm is ready for the regular season opener.

This is great news! Smitty has been seen on the field since the start of camp, but this is the first time he’s been cleared to participate in team drills, though they probably will hold off on the contact since it would be best for him to be ready for opening day.

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It’s been a while…

It’s been a while since I’ve been here and posted, so I figured I’d put something up to let everyone know that I’m still around, even if I’ve been silent.

I just haven’t been inspired to write anything about the Panthers recently, mainly because this is the time of the football year where it seems nothing much happens – the dead era between the draft and training camp – and I just haven’t had any inspiration to sit down and hammer out a blog (but that will change soon when training camp starts).

I know that there have been a few things going on with the team, such as Thomas Davis re-injuring his ACL, but that got me so depressed that I couldn’t even bring myself to write about it. He’s going to be missed, since he was one of the key contributors on defense last season before he went down with his first ACL tear.

And, just recently Steve Smith broke his left arm (again), but from the various reports I’ve seen, the injury doesn’t seem too serious and he should be ready to go by the start of the regular season, so I don’t think there’s too much I can add to the reports that have been circulating around the web (other than the fact that Mike Florio is a retard).

That’s all I have for now, but I’ll be back when it gets closer to the start of training camp.

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Steve Smith shares his thoughts on the draft

28 April 2010 Leave a comment

Panthers WR Steve Smith shares his thoughts on the draft during a phone call to WFNZ 610 AM (aka The Fan). The first part of the interview is totally off the wall, but hilarious. Smitty gives his thoughts on the team’s quarterback situation heading into camp, and also talks about the status of head coach John Fox.

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Steve Smith wants another receiver

24 March 2010 Leave a comment

The Panthers have a lot of choices to make in the upcoming draft. Do they take a defensive end to replace Peppers, do they take a defensive tackle, or do they take a wide receiver? There are certainly plenty of arguments for each one of those choices, and each one makes sense in it’s own right – but the Panthers have at least one player who feels that offense should be the main focus in the draft.

In a recent interview*, Panthers receiver Steve Smith said that he would like for the Panthers to pursue another fast receiver to complement him in the offense.

After being asked about a previous statement in which Smitty claimed that the team needed to get a faster receiver, the Incendiary One felt that he needed to clarify what he meant.

Smitty:

What I meant by getting a fast receiver … is that I am getting older. I’ll take that role of getting older. Let me get in the slot. Let a young guy run outside. I ran clear-outs for Moose Muhammad and Ricky Proehl back in the day, and I was happy to do that. Now we need another guy to do that.

He also had these nuggets of information:

Not that I am losing a step … I can dominate the outside, but I want to move into the slot and prolong my career. Let the new guys play outside and just run aimlessly. I am looking for a young, aimless runner. … I don’t want to be the grumpy, old receiver who can’t let go of the No. 1 spot. I’ll give the freedom to the young guys; let them be kings. Let those guys catch the 50-yard bombs. I can take a five-yard out route and run 50 yards with it. … As long as I am in the car, I am straight. I ain’t riding on the hood and I am not in the trunk. I don’t have to drive, but don’t get me in the car with (a receiver) who doesn’t have his learner’s permit. He’s got to be certified to drive. And I’ll be the guy to complement him, not the other way around.

What do I think? I think that Smitty is dead on target with this. It’s hard not to agree with a guy who understands what this team needs, and if anyone knows what it’s like to be the only receiving threat in an offense, it’s Steve Smith. I just hope the front office listens to him and drafts a receiver who can play outside and let Smitty work the middle like he wants. Because if that happens, linebackers everywhere will learn just how dynamic Steve Smith really is.

And that’s all he wants to do. He simply wants to let the world know just how good he is, and how much he loves the game of football. What more can you ask for in a player?

* – Author’s Note: My favorite part of the Smith interview has nothing to do with this article, but I love the fact that he says Matt Moore is “just a little squirrel trying to get a nut” … hilarious stuff.

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Smitty explains the rules and regulations of the game

8 January 2010 Leave a comment
This is a few weeks old, but it’s still funny as hell and will probably go down in Panthers lore as one of the greatest post-game moments of all time.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about: Steve Smith was interviewed by Andrea Kramer after the Panthers defeated the Vikings on 12/20/09, and in the interview Smitty explained that “#22 [Vikings DB Benny Sapp] … a little youngster” needed to understand the “rules and regulations of the game”, and it is hilarious.

The Rules and Regulations of the Game, according to Steve Smith:

[My favorite part: “89 … bottom line” — that gets me every time I see it.]

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Steve Smith is the man

14 August 2009 Leave a comment

Steve Smith won’t let a nagging shoulder injury get the best of him. The “most awesome WR in the league” returned to the practice field in full pads today after hurting his shoulder while doing one-on-one drills in practice on Monday night.

It’s even more amazing when one takes into consideration that he still had his arm in a sling as late as yesterday afternoon.

This is great news for Panthers fans, because we need Smitty on the field to be successful in the passing game this year.

It is still unclear if he will see any playing time in the Preseason opener against the Giants on Monday, but it is good to know that his injury isn’t as serious as once speculated, because losing him could have been disastrous.

Check out the full article from CBS Sportsline here.

Steve Smith could miss 2 weeks

12 August 2009 3 comments

The Panthers may have caught a break (no pun intended) with the news that WR Steve Smith could only miss two weeks with the shoulder injury he sustained during practice in training camp.

Smitty was running drills with CB Chris Gamble when he hit the ground and landed on his shoulder. He got up grimacing in pain and tossed his helmet away in frustration, and has not seen action on the field since.

It is possible that he may be out for the entire preseason, and could even miss playing time in the regular season if he cannot recover from the injury in time.

Of course, he most likely wouldn’t play in the 4th preseason game anyway, so he may see some action in the 3rd game when the Panthers take on the Ravens – but it is most likely that the earliest he will play will be the first game of the regular season when the Panthers take on the Eagles in Charlotte.

When asked about his injury, Smitty said “I thought it was broken, because it was hurting. But it’s not, so we’ll just play it by ear with Ryan (Vermillion) and the training staff. They’re doing a good job icing it to death and doing the stuff that’s necessary.”

One positive thing that comes with this injury is that it gives WR Dwayne Jarrett plenty of opportunity to step up and become the prime receiver he was drafted to be a few years ago. Hopefully the extra drills in camp will help him develop his game and be an added weapon in the Panthers’ arsenal.

But hopefully it will work out where Smitty can return by Week 1, because the Panthers could use his play-making abilities on the field.

*Quotation courtesy of Andrew Mason and Panthers.com.