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Steve Smith Sr mocks Philadelphia Eagles after joint practice

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Steve Smith Sr. hasn't exactly been averse to calling it like he sees it during his 14 years in the National Football League and, with the 2015 season set to be his last before retirement, the veteran wide receiver isn't about to change his ways.

Smith's latest target for ridicule? Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Not impressed

After taking part in Wednesday's joint practice between the Baltimore Ravens and Eagles Smith Sr. didn't hold back when critiquing what he feels is Philly's watered down version of how a NFL practice should go.


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""There's no chatter about how his practices are," Smith told the gathered media.

"Have you heard about our practices? Exactly. We're three hours. This 2:15 man, this is like apple juice. It's great."

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The Philadelphia Eagles are known to employ some fairly unique and innovative training methods, and shortened practice sessions are one example of Chip Kelly's philosophy.

With Steve Smith and the Ravens sticking to the more traditional three hour slots the wide receiver doesn't exactly sound convinced by the two hour 15 minute sessions his Eagles peers complete - intermitting that they are far easier than what he is used to.

Places to be

There was another reason the five-time Pro Bowler didn't exactly take to the joint practice session, too. Wednesday's session coincided with his wife's birthday and he made it clear where he'd rather be:

"I'd rather be at home," Smith said.

"Today's my wife's birthday, so I'm not at home, I'm over here doing this [expletive] and missing my wife's birthday. That's my honest opinion. I'd rather be at home singing happy birthday to my wife."

Clearly, after so long in the league, Steve Smith has learnt which parts of being a pro football he likes, and which he doesn't. You can place joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles in the latter.

NFL fans: Are joint practices still worthwhile in the modern NFL, or are injuries and fights making them pointless? Have your say in the comments below...

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