Ravens' Steve Smith ready to 'knock (expletive) out of someone' in final season

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. is ready to embark on what he has said will be his final NFL season, and it doesn’t appear he’ll be changing the way he plays on his way out.

Smith spoke with the media on Thursday and offered a taste of what his 16th NFL season might be like. Asked what it will be like to be in a Ravens offense where he might not be the No. 1 playmaker this season, Smith said he still cherished his role as an enforcer.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. isn't limping into his final season (AP).
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. isn’t limping into his final season (AP).

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“I go down and run a route to open it up for Mike [Wallace], and Mike catches it, then I am on the hunt,” Smith said. “Now I get to peel back on someone and knock the [expletive] out of someone.

“That’s what I am excited about.”

Sounds pretty much like the prior 15 seasons.

Smith might be the oldest skill-position player in the league this season, and he hasn’t grown from the 5-foot-9 frame he entered the league with, but he apparently hasn’t lost any of the fire that has gotten him this far.

Of course, Smith also said he doesn’t plan to push it too far in this final season. After all, the league is Big Brother and he’s trying to keep as much of his final 17 weekly checks as he can.

“[The NFL is] handing out fines like they’re handing out parking tickets in downtown Baltimore,” Smith said.

Coming back from an Achilles tear that cost him the remainder of his 2015 season will be difficult, but Smith appears to have the right mix of humor and fury to make it work like he always has.

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