Chad Johnson

Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. nears a receiving milestone for the ages

Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. nears a receiving milestone for the ages

Steve Smith Sr. doesn’t have the luxury of riding off into the sunset as Baltimore Ravens receiver. He can either do the job, or he can’t.

“Being a wide receiver up in age, you can’t be a backup,” Smith, 37, said by phone from Dallas on Saturday. “A lot of quarterbacks who are up there in age, they come in and play a little bit here or there. They can’t play, and you don’t want them to play. As a wide receiver, they’d rather give your position to a young guy they can develop.

“I have to be an intricate part of the offense. I have to be a chain mover.”

There’s no question Smith can do that. He’s...

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