The Baltimore Ravens have managed to fly under the radar as they head in to the 2015 NFL season.
The Ravens drafted in Breshad Perriman, a wide receiver out of Central Florida, with their first round pick to give Joe Flacco more weapons going into the new year, hoping that the wideout could emulate Odell Beckham Jr. and the other rookie receivers who starred last year.
The Ravens then went and got the best tight end in the draft class in Maxx Williams, making it very clear that they were looking to improve the offense a lot. That was a smart move.
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So Long Steve Smith
The reason it was a smart move? Because Ravens number one wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. today revealed that the 2015 NFL season would be his last.
On the Ravens’ first rainy day of training camp, Smith gathered his teammates at the start of practice and told them that his 15th season in the National Football League, his 2nd in Baltimore, will be his swansong.
The 36-year old Smith is a five-time Pro Bowler and a two-time First-Team All-NFL selection. In his career, the 5-foot-9 wonder has recorded 915 receptions, 13,262 receiving yards and 81 total touchdowns.
He's posted eight seasons with over 1,000 yards and has been one of the most prolific receivers in the league over the duration of his career. The veteran will be looking to make that nine seasons over a thousand in his final year.
Smith ranks 14th on the all-time NFL receiving yards list at 13,262 yards, just 637 yards behind Cris Carter who sits in 10th spot. After bagging 1,065 yards in 2014, netting the 637 yards he needs seems a very reachable target.