Steve Smith put off retirement for one more season after tearing his Achilles last November. Before he got hurt he notched 670 yards in seven games with at least seven Fantasy points in five appearances and at least 10 Fantasy points in three matchups. Going back to 2014, Smith has notched 10 or more Fantasy points in just nine of his last 23 outings. So he's already shown signs of slowing down and has the double whammy of coming back from the Achilles. Many have tried to come back from it and struggled to regain their previous form. We'd target Smith as a quality reserve, not a potential starter. Plan to choose him right around pick No. 100 in standard leagues and a little sooner in PPR formats.
Smith (Achilles) will start training camp on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports. This is an unsurprising move as it has already been announced that the veteran Smith would not be playing in the preseason. He suffered his Achilles injury on Nov. 1, and was not able to participate in any offseason workouts. His role with the team this season remains uncertain until he is able to display he has recovered from the serious injury. However, the Ravens have relatively thin depth in their receiving department, so he will have plenty of opportunity to produce if he can get healthy.
Smith (Achilles) will not play in the preseason, ESPN.com reports. "I've been very comfortable throughout my career not playing in the preseason," Smith said Wednesday. "So, I don't have a problem with that. [it's] just four games that don't count and the liability of injury. At the senior-citizen age that I am, I think staying out would be good." Although Smith isn't worried about missing the preseason, he did say just a few days ago that he'll need to get some work in at training camp if he's going to be ready by Week 1. Recovering from a torn Achilles suffered Nov. 1, the 37-year-old wideout hasn't taken part in any offseason workouts and doesn't seem to have much chance of being ready for the start of training camp. He still hopes to be available at the start of the season, and his presence (or lack thereof) may be even more important than expected, as Breshad Perriman (knee) now faces a potentially-lengthy rehab process of his own. Of course, there's no guarantee Smith will be productive if he's available, given his age and the serious nature of his injury.
Smith (torn Achilles) said he isn't sure when he will be available, adding that he probably can't play in Week 1 unless he gets in some work at training camp, ESPN.com reports. "I don't know when I'm coming back," he said. "I just know I have to be able to do something in training camp to be able to play for the season. That's just the way I operate. I can't go from doing absolutely nothing [and] sitting on my butt for all of training camp and then go out there and play." Still recovering from a torn Achilles suffered Nov. 1, the 37-year-old Smith has progressed to jogging but seemingly still has quite a ways to go. While doubtful to be ready for the start of camp in late July, he might be available at some point in August, which would give him a few weeks to prepare for the start of the season. Even if he's available, there's no assurance Smith will look like the same player we saw last year, as Achilles' ruptures often sap players of their explosiveness for quite some time after the injury is healed. Meanwhile, the Ravens got some good news Tuesday when it was announced that fellow wideout Breshad Perriman (knee) should be able to rehab his partially-torn ACL without reconstructive surgery. Still, Perriman and Smith should both be considered questionable for Week 1, possibly leaving Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace and others to carry a heavier burden than might have otherwise been expected.
Smith (Achilles) seems to be on track in his recovery, The Baltimore Sun reports. There aren't any concrete details, as neither Smith nor his team has commented on the injury in recent weeks. He'll presumably miss a good chunk (or all) of training camp and the preseason, yet hopes to be on the field when the Ravens face the Bills in Week 1. Prospective owners should keep in mind that Smith will only be 10 months removed from a torn Achilles, an injury that often saps players of their effectiveness for quite some time after they're able to play in games. Teammate Terrell Suggs and Raiders wideout Michael Crabtree are among the most notable examples of players that made quick recoveries from torn Achilles tendons, only to discover that they were shells of their usual selves upon first returning. It's also worth noting that the Ravens significantly improved the depth of their receiving corps, after heavily relying on Smith for the first half of last season, and then turning to Kamar Aiken down the stretch. Aiken, Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace are all expected to have significant roles.
Though Smith acknowledged that he is still in the early stages of his recovery from a torn Achilles, the wideout expressed optimism Monday that he would be ready for the start of the 2016 season, ESPN.com reports. Smith, who turns 37 in May, originally planned for 2015 to be his last season in the NFL, but in the wake of Achilles' surgery on Nov. 9, the veteran wideout announced in late December that he planned to return to the Ravens for the 2016 season. With that in mind, when asked if he thought he'd be ready for the start of the upcoming regular season, Smith replied, "yeah, I think I'll be fine." While such an outcome is hardly a lock, Smith's reputation as one of the toughest players in the league does give him a solid chance to overcome what he calls the toughest injury of his productive NFL career, which began in 2001.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||@New York Giants||23||23.88|
|7||10/23||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|14||12/13||@New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|3 Year Avg||105||63||827||4||39||13.13||106|