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Steve Smith Sr. bashes joint practices, calls Eagles' short practice 'apple juice'

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. speaks with members of the media after joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. speaks with members of the media after joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

PHILADELPHIA — Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. made his thoughts on this week's open practice clear to a group of largely Philadelphia reporters Wednesday, speaking candidly about spending four days practicing, then playing against the Eagles here.

"I'd rather be at home," Smith said. "Today's my wife's birthday, so I'm not at home. I'm over here doing this bull [crap] and missing my wife's birthday. That's my honest opinion. I'd rather be at home singing happy birthday to my wife, but I'm out here getting questioned to assess a rookie corner."

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He later relented and said one can always learn from any practice session, but Smith grew tense after three Philadelphia reporters asked him about defensive back Eric Rowe, the Eagles' second-round NFL draft pick from Smith's alma mater, Utah.

He said it was hard to evaluate on a six-second route "if he's going to be the next Deion Sanders."

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And as for the vaunted Eagles' conditioning and practice program, and the mastermind coach, Chip Kelly, who runs them, Smith didn't have much to say about that, either.

"I learned being 13 years in the NFC, you don't hear much about the AFC," Smith said. "Now being in the AFC, you don't hear much about the NFC. I'm being honest. It's amazing. Great example is last year I'm on the team with Pernell McPhee, I never knew about Pernell McPhee. I saw him and said, 'what year is this dude?' He's in his fourth year. He was balling. When you're indifferent, you just don't hear as much about."

He also said there's "no chatter about how [Kelly's] practices are.

"Have you heard about our practices?" Smith asked. "Exactly. We're three hours. This 2:15, 2:45, man, this is like apple juice. It's great."

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