Working at OTA’s last week gave wide receiver Steve Smith a chance to catch passes from Joe Flacco. Smith was impressed with Flacco’s arm strength.
“I’ve been an admirer of him, even just watching him in college at Delaware and then coming into the draft,” Smith said. “You know, as a wide receiver you always kind of look at the quarterbacks in the draft every year to see which guys (have potential) and what they say about whom. How I evaluate a quarterback – if he’s on the other hash and you run a comeback, where’s your ball placement? Is the ball hitting the guy at the ankles, or is he hitting him in the chest?
“He throws a lot of good, easy balls that you can snag (with) one hand. It makes it look good so I like those.”
Smith spent the past three seasons catching passes from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who also has one of the league’s strongest arms. However, playing with faster receivers like Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones should give Smith operating room to work the intermediate routes he likes best.
“They can run deep routes and I’ll run short routes,” Smith said. “That’s a great combination.”