Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. did not practice on Wednesday, but the Giants expect him to be on the field Sunday.
“One thing about Steve Smith, that’s a-whole-nother dog coming in here,” Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said. “That’s an animal, man. When you line up against him, man, you have to have your grown man on that day.”
Smith has impressed both defensive and offensive players on the Giants.
“Everyone ages differently,” Victor Cruz said during a discussion on players in their 30s. “You still have guys like Steve Smith out there running around shrugging defenders off and he’s, what, 37 years old? You never know how it affects different guys.”
It’s hardly affected Smith, who has caught 27 passes for 310 yards this season.
In seven career games against the Giants going back to his days with the Panthers, Smith has caught 27 passes for 391 yards and two touchdowns. His best game was on Sept. 12, 2010, with the Panthers when he had 5 catches for 75 yards and a TD.
Rodgers-Cromartie said that in defensive back circles Smith is known as much for his talking during games as he is for his play.
“He’s just a competitor,” DRC said. “It’s a part of his game. You have to expect that and know it’s coming and be prepared for it. There’s always going to be chirping. You got a guy like that, you understand his ability and his power. He’s just the ultimate competitor. I just look at him like no matter what he’s going to give you something.”