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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Eagles Sign Former Giant WR Steve Smith To A One-Year Deal

From: GCOBB.com

I’m concerned about the lingering health problems of young wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Well I’m not alone, the Eagles are concerned as well and they showed it by signing former Giants wide receiver, Steve Smith.

Smith and the Eagles have come to an agreement on a one year deal. Smith a former Pro Bowler was a key part of the Giants Super Bowl championship team during his second-year in the league. He became such a favorite target of Eli Manning on third downs that New York fans camu up with the saying “third and Smith”.

Smith had microfracture surgery on his knee and won’t be able to play for while, maybe midseason. Smith has been talking to the Giants about signing with them, but they hadn’t been able to work anything out. You know the Giants weren’t happy about getting this news and the message which Smith put on his Facebook page. Smith wrote, “eagles wanted me part of their organization MUCH more than the Giants did”

“Like I’ve said many times before, Howie Roseman and I are always keeping our eyes open for good football players and players that we think can help our football team win,” said head coach Andy Reid. “And Steve Smith certainly fits that category. He’s a Pro Bowl quality receiver that we will work into our offense as soon as he is ready to go. We feel very good about our current group of receivers and Steve adds another dimension to that position. He’s played very well against us in the past few years and we’re happy to have him on board.”

The 26-year-old Smith played his first four NFL seasons with the New York Giants, who selected him in the 2nd round of the 2007 NFL draft. The 5’-11”, 195-pound receiver has totaled 220 receptions for 2,386 yards and 11 TDs in 46 career regular season games (26 starts). In five career playoff contests, Smith recorded 16 catches for 169 yards.

After catching just eight passes in his rookie season, Smith exploded onto the scene during his sophomore campaign, snaring 57 receptions in a reserve role for 574 yards and one TD as the Giants went on to win Super Bowl XLII. The following year, Smith earned his first Pro Bowl selection as he grabbed a Giants team-record 107 catches (2nd in NFL) for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns. He recorded a league-best 38 grabs on 3rd down that year and his yardage total was the 2nd most in Giants history. In 2010, a knee injury limited him to just nine games as he caught 48 passes for 529 yards and three touchdowns.

Smith finished his collegiate career at USC with 190 receptions (5th in school history) for 3,019 yards (4th in USC record books) and 22 touchdowns. He is a product of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA.


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