Oct 20, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter. The Carolina Panthers defeated the St. Louis Rams 30-15 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens: Steve Smith and James Ihedigbo Updates


 

This is the NFL season of the year for comings and goings.

Definitely leaving the Baltimore Ravens is safety James Ihedigbo who will likely be signing with the Detroit Lions today. There he will be able to re-join former Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin, who has been hired as the Lions’ defensive coordinator.

After only starting 15 games in his first five years, Ihedigbo started every game this past season for the Ravens at strong safety. According to the metrics of Pro Football Focus, he ranked 16th of the 86 safeties in the study, logging a total of almost 1,100 defensive snaps. Ihedigbo totaled 100 tackles, pulling in three interceptions and covering two fumbles as well.

It was a good year for the 30-year-old, who I will mostly miss because I finally remembered how to spell his name.

Possibly coming to the Baltimore Ravens is wide receiver Steve Smith. He has been officially released by the Panthers, and a whole host of football sites and followers are linking him primarily with the Ravens.

Off course, the Ravens signed Jacoby Jones and have Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown (and Dennis Pitta) returning. But it would still make good sense to have another Smith for Joe Flacco to target. Steve Smith has been among the best receivers in the league, though it is generally conceded that he had little help to fully maximize his talents.

Securing Smith could help to give clarity to the entire receivers issue, and inform Newsome about what direction to take with continued free agency and the college draft. Certainly getting a free safety is a high priority, along with addressing needs on the line at center and right tackle, and perhaps an additional tight end. Another running back would be cool also. Anybody ever heard of a guy named Ben Tate?

There is more to go in putting this 2014 version of the Baltimore Ravens together, but the overall clarity of past couple days is encouraging.

Steve Smith career statistics, all with Carolina …

Year

Age

G

Rec

Yds

Y/R

TD

Lng

R/G

Y/G

2001

22

15

10

154

15.4

0

33

0.7

10.3

2002

23

15

54

872

16.1

3

69

3.6

58.1

2003

24

16

88

1110

12.6

7

67

5.5

69.4

2004

25

1

6

60

10.0

0

15

6.0

60.0

2005

26

16

103

1563

15.2

12

80

6.4

97.7

2006

27

14

83

1166

14.0

8

72

5.9

83.3

2007

28

15

87

1002

11.5

7

74

5.8

66.8

2008

29

14

78

1421

18.2

6

65

5.6

101.5

2009

30

15

65

982

15.1

7

66

4.3

65.5

2010

31

14

46

554

12.0

2

39

3.3

39.6

2011

32

16

79

1394

17.6

7

77

4.9

87.1

2012

33

16

73

1174

16.1

4

66

4.6

73.4

2013

34

15

64

745

11.6

4

44

4.3

49.7

Career

182

836

12197

14.6

67

80

4.6

67.0

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