Steve Smith enters camp confident and optimistic

Steve Smith enters camp confident and optimistic
July 24, 2014, 8:15 am
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Ravens wide Steve Smith isn’t worried about building chemistry with quarterback Joe Flacco. 

“Do you want me to lie or tell you the truth?” Smith said. “”The truth honestly for me - I’ve been catching passes for quarterbacks for a lot of years, and I’ve been running routes for a lot of years. If you throw me the ball, there’s no chemistry. You throw me the ball, it’s catchable, I’m going to snag it.”

That’s 13 years of NFL experience talking. That’s a confident wide receiver talking. As the Ravens prepare for their first full squad training camp workout Thursday, many eyes will be focused on Smith. After spending 13 seasons with the Panthers, Smith will go through his first training camp with another team.

The Panthers let Smith go during the offseason, and the Ravens happily signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract. At age 35, Smith wants to prove he has plenty of football left. But while always bringing intensity to the field, Smith also wants to enjoy the ride.

“Honestly, when everything went down (in Carolina during his release), there was a part of (me) that felt offended,” Smith said. “But at the end of the day, I sat there and thought about it. Everybody makes decisions based on whatever it is, and it’s not my place to say it’s justified or unjustified. My motivation is to go out here, make plays, have fun and really enjoy the journey.”

Smith already has a nickname for himself and fellow wide receiver Torrey Smith.

“I think you can call us, ‘The Law Firm: Smith, Smith & Associates,’’’ Smith said. “I’m pretty quick-witted, so I did actually come up with that.”

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