Kicker: Matt Stover
Ravens kicker Matt Stover, shown here leaving the field after the Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans, 13-10, a second-round playoff game, was the team's kicker for its first 13 years of existence. Stover is the franchises all-time leading scorer, recording 1,464 points. He finished as the NFLs fourth all-time leading scorer and third in field-goal accuracy. In the Ravens 2000 Super Bowl season, Stover scored 49 straight points during the five-game touchdown drought. But he just wasnt the Ravens best kicker. He was one of their top-10 all-time players. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun /January 10, 2009)
The Ravens addressed the wide receiver position in April's draft with the selection of Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss, adding those two to a group that includes Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and second-year receiver David Reed. They also learned last year that you can, in fact, have too many aging, outspoken wideouts.
But there is a Pro Bowl receiver who falls into that category who reportedly yearns to join the Ravens.
Steve Smith, who has caught 620 passes for 8,884 yards and 52 touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Panthers, wants out of Charlotte, according to Tom Sorensen of The Charlotte Observer. And Sorensen reported that a source told him that Baltimore is one of Smith’s two destinations of choice (San Diego is the other).
Two months ago, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune also reported that Smith wanted a trade, and he mentioned the Ravens, too, along with the Chargers and theOakland Raiders.
If Smith wants to go to Oakland, he really must be crazy then.
You’re probably already throwing water on the possibility of the Ravens signing Smith -- I’ll be right there with you, bucket in hand -- but if not, here is a damning statement from Sorensen.
“Smith is still capable of being an elite receiver,” he wrote. “But he was not elite, as a receiver or as a teammate, last season.”
I’ll give Smith, who is 32, a pass for catching 46 balls for just 554 yards and two touchdowns last season. After all, those passes were thrown by Matt Moore, Brian St. Pierre and Jimmy Clausen.
But the Ravens don’t need to bring in a diva to fight with Boldin and Mason for Joe Flacco’s attention. This upcoming season is a big one for Flacco, and he doesn’t need a teammate bashing him.
So count on Smith’s affection for the Ravens being unrequited.
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