Title: Veteran Steve Smith takes over as punt r
Tags: Veteran Steve Smith takes over as punt r
Blog Entry: Veteran Trent Brown Jersey Ravens wide receiver Steve Smithhas lost some of the explosive quickne s he had earlier in his career.But even at age 36, Smith is still dynamic enough that he will be the primary punt returner for the Ravens Sunday against the Raidersand for the foreseeable future.MORE: Smith's eventful career, in photos | Smith to SN: Retiring on his own termsThe A sociated Pre s reports that coach John Harbaugh and special teams coach Jerry Rosburg were impre sed with Smith's two returns for 32 yards against the Broncos in Week 1."It's about what gives you the best chance to win this game," Harbaugh said. "If we block for him, he Joe Montana Jersey 'll make things happen."Smith was once one of the most prolific punt returners in the NFL. Quinton Dial Jersey Earlier in his career with the Carolina Panthers, he recorded four career touchdownson punt returns. But he had returned only nine punts combined since 2007before fielding the two kicks last weekend.Smith reeled in 79 catches for 1,065 yards andsix touchdowns in his first season with the Ravens last yearand remains a vital part of the Ravens offense. Harbaugh and Rosburg downplayed any worries about putting Smith on Ray-Ray Armstrong Jersey special teams."We want to have our best football team, our best players, and right now he's our best option," Rosburgsaid. "His judgment shows, his experience shows, and his competitivene s shows. He's a competitor, he likes the ball in his hands. He's the best guy we have."