Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Steve Smith: 2010 Year in Review and 2011 Outlook and Beyond

2010 Year in Review

With the recent acquisition of Steve Smith from the New York Giants, he certainly adds a wrinkle to the receiving corps of DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Jason Avant.  He’s no Plaxico Burress that’s for certain as Steve Smith’s record as a wideout for the New York Giants has been spotty at best and negligible at worst.  For the New York Giants, he was quickly replaced by Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.  Compared to either of them during the 2010 regular season, with both nearly having 1,000 yards receiving yards and at least 9 touchdowns for both of them, he was left with 529 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.  He was a shadow of what he was in 2009.

In his 2009 regular season, Steve Smith had his best performance as wideout for the New York Giants.  In that season, he had 1,220 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns.  With his 1,220 total receiving yards for that season, he was ranked 8th among wide receivers.  And, with his 7 touchdowns, he was tied for 20th in the company of Indianapolis Colts Austin Collie, Baltimore Ravens Derrick Mason and Dallas Cowboys Roy Williams.  Compared to his other seasons with the Giants in 2007, 2008 and 2010, he has been a dismal failure of a wideout, barely receiving any production whatsoever.

2011 Outlook and Beyond

On the roster chart currently, he is one of the backup wideouts to Jeremy Maclin.  What his role in the new scheme of the Philadelphia Eagles has yet to be seen, as he is gradually recovering and is expected to practice by week 1 of the regular season.  That is hopeful news but it should be tempered.  With Eli Manning, he was a reliable third-down wide receiver, but he was also placed behind Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer in the depth chart of the New York Giants.  And now, he’s in the same situation yet again with the Philadelphia Eagles.

If and when he recovers completely during the 2011 regular season, he will make an splash with the Philadelphia Eagles, but it might be small at best.  He certainly lacks the speed of DeSean Jackson nor the persistence of Jeremy Maclin.  For now, he remains a viable goal-line target at best due to his physical stature, and that is perhaps his best role on this team.  However, with that in mind, he’s also competing for catches with potentially Eagles tight end Brent Celek.  Perhaps the only thing going for him is Jeremy Maclin’s unknown illness.  Who will recover first and fastest?  It appears that currently Steve Smith has the lead.

2011 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Prospect

Steve Smith is an interesting gamble at best, but is he worth it?  Some gambled on Sidney Rice of the Minnesota Vikings last season, but it didn’t come through as expected.  For this season, Steve Smith is a bit like Sidney Rice of the previous fantasy football season minus the upside — really.  True, he’s on an explosive pass-happy offense.  Unfortunately, he’s got competition in his rear view mirror, lots of it.  Jason Avant and Riley Cooper are two of the most notable.  He’s worth a gander in the later rounds of the fantasy football draft, but it will take a person with a lot of moxie to gamble on this one.  I would leave him as waiver wire fodder for now.  If he becomes a starter over Jeremy Maclin, which I sincerely doubt, he’s worth a solid to high-end WR2 optimistically with a dash of upside.  Again, Steve Smith remains a gamble and a large one at that.

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