Originally Posted by BlindSite
Smith has been consistent, his quarterbacking hasn't been.
When he's fed the ball anywhere from 7-12 times a game you're looking at easily over 100 yards and easily a touchdown.
If the QB is inept, like for 11 games last year a receiver is going to struggle.
I just looked up the 2007 stats on NFL.com for QB's in Carolina and, lol, check this out (God I hope NFL.com got this wrong:
Vinny Testaverde: sacked 46 times
Jake Delhomme: Sacked 46 times
David Carr: Sacked 76 times
I can't even believe that, thats 168 times =(. Giving up 168 plays may be why I think Steve Smith is not worth a top 5 receiver spot =/
Point being is a great receiver benefits from both a great line and a great QB, just as a great QB benefits from a great receiver. Steve Smith doesn't have a great line or great QB yet, but I still don't think he deserves a top 5 spot until he gets both of those and starts producing the real numbers we all know he can.