Durability has been a Steve Smith trademark

Durability has been a Steve Smith trademark
July 17, 2014, 8:30 am
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(Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

Steve Smith’s durability is one reason why the Ravens signed him, despite being 35 years old. Over the past five seasons, Smith has only missed four games. In 13 NFL seasons, Smith has played at least 14 games every year except 2004.

It will be interesting to see exactly how Smith fits into offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. Smith is comfortable running patterns from the slot, or from outside the numbers Kubiak can also put Smith in motion prior to the snap, hoping to create more matchups that work in the Ravens’ favor.

The intensity Smith brings to practice is well documented. He has already been in a minicamp scuffle with Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb.

Smith only knows one way to approach football – with intensity. He brings that same focus to working out and taking care of his body. When the veterans report to training camp next week, the Ravens won’t have to wonder if Smith will be in shape. He’s always in shape, which is one key to his durability.

Good health is never guaranteed in the NFL. However, Smith’s track record suggests he will be a player the Ravens can depend on to show up for practice, and to suit up on Sundays.

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