Aug 5, 2012
After a breakout 2009 campaign in which he caught a career high 107 passes for 1220 yards, former New York Giant wide receiver Steve Smith appeared to be on the brink of a stellar NFL career.
Unfortunately, a serious knee injury cost the former USC star most of the 2010 season, and he failed to do much with the Eagles after signing with Philadelphia as a free agent in 2011.
Smith has surfaced with new head coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis, as both men look for a new start with the Rams. According to a report by ESPN’s John Clayton, Smith has been one of the big surprises so far this season. Clayton writes: “The surprise is former New York Giant Steve Smith. Signed after a couple of years of knee problems, Smith arrived in St. Louis healthy and with more speed than anticipated. Instead of playing the slot he worked in New York, Smith is working as an outside receiver who can get downfield.”
Fantasy owners looking for a nice late round sleeper wide receiver should consider adding Steve Smith. Quarterback Sam Bradford is healthy and could be on the verge of a breakout campaign in his third NFL season, and Smith could be a beneficiary of an improving St. Louis passing game.