Steve Smith has distinguished himself as the top Baltimore Ravens wide receiver through the first three games of the NFL season and now week four presents the match-up he has been dying for, a meeting with the Carolina Panthers.
The fiery receiver who stands at a mere 5ft 9inches has always played the game of football with a chip on his shoulder, playing with incredible aggression and guts, Smith certainly wasn't happy when the Panthers cut the wideout believing he could no longer be a number one option.
The blasphemous viewpoint has only fuelled the intense fire that burns within Smith and the week four match-up has surely been marked on his calendar for a while as he gets ready to serve some revenge and remind his old team what they let go.
Smith has helped slowly revitalise the offensive passing game of the Ravens lead by Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco, Baltimore are still without tight end Dennis Pitta so even more emphasis lies on the broad shoulders of Smith for the upcoming weeks.
Smith is certainly pumped for the contest with the Panthers and Flacco is well aware of the desire he has to beat his old team, but when asked about targeting the wide receiver a lot come Sunday, he replied: "If I pay attention to that maniac, who knows how I play?"
The comments made by Flacco were relayed to Smith in order to gauge his reaction, after some thinking, Smith calculated: "That was a backhanded compliment, I guess".
After the same reporter confirmed to Smith that the comments were made in good nature by Flacco, he commented saying: "I don't lobby Joe (for more targets), Sometimes I ask to make sure, he said what he said, because sometimes I hear it wrong. But I'll make sure. He'll say, "Hey, you got this slant." (and I'll say) "Slant?"
You can certainly expect that despite his comments, Smith will be desperate for his quarterback to get him involved in the game as much as possible.
There is no doubt he will be very outspoken on the sidelines and he isn't shy in front of the camera's, so expect to hear some trash talk and if possible a defiant touchdown celebration.
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