Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.’s 2015 season came to an abrupt ending in Week 8 when he suffered a torn Achilles’, but he was one of the NFL’s best receivers on a per route basis before the injury.
Pro Football Focus tweeted out the top-five wide receivers in receiving yards per route run in 2015. After All-Pro Julio Jones, Smith had the second-most yards per route run.
Top 5 WRs in yards gained per route run: Julio Jones: 3.04 Steve L. Smith: 2.9 Antonio Brown: 2.89 Alshon Jeffery: 2.87 Sammy Watkins: 2.68
Smith will turn 37 this May. He is almost 10 years older than that list’s eldest player, Antonio Brown, who turned 27 last June.
According to PFF, Smith compiled 670 receiving yards on just 231 snaps in route. He also finished with 46 receptions on 70 targets, a 14.6 yards-per-catch average and three touchdowns.
Smith is eyeing a return for the 2016 season, but it’s hard to predict how his body will recover from an Achilles’ injury heading into his age-37 season. Based on what we’ve seen from Smith since he joined the Ravens, it’s even harder to bet against him.