Steve Smith preaching patience with rookie receivers

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium.

Veteran Steve Smith was pleased that the Ravens selected two receivers in this year's draft, but he offered a reminder of how big the jump will be to the NFL for Breshad Perriman and Darren Waller.

"They were fantastic college players, but college has no precedent in the NFL," said Smith while at Lardarius Webb's charity softball game tonight at M&T Bank Stadium. "Boys play on Friday. Young men play on Saturday. Men play on Sundays."


Wanting to replace Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, and give quarterback Joe Flacco a few more targets, the Ravens added Central Florida's Perriman, known for his blazing speed, in the first round, and Georgia Tech's Waller, known for his size (6-foot-6, 238 pounds), in the sixth.

They join a receiving group that has just one player – Steve Smith – who had more than 25 receptions last year.


"I think you can never have too many horses in the stable," Smith said. "You always have playmakers. I think that's the plan. Obviously, we lost some guys, so you've got to replace those guys to some capacity. I think they did that, they approached that. And I think [general manager Ozzie Newsome] will make some more moves if time permits."

Smith also said some of the responsibility falls on him to improve on his performance in his first season with the Ravens. Smith, who signed with the team last March after playing 12 seasons with the Carolina Panthers, led the team with 79 catches for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns.

"Last year, I think, in the middle of the season, I pressed a lot," Smith said. "I was pressing, I was pressing. I think now, I got my feet wet. I understand what's going on. I understand the system a lot better. I understand what it is to play like a Raven so I can play a little bit looser."