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August 26, 2007

Smith's blocking draws raves

While fans celebrated wide receiver Keary Colbert’s impressive 48-yard touchdown burst near the end of the first half of Friday’s 24-7 loss to New England, many of the Panthers’ players and coaches were fired up about something else.

"I had time to throw back there and Keary did a great job, but I think the biggest thing was (wide receiver) Steve Smith’s blocking on the play," quarterback Jake Delhomme said later. "That’s how you get big plays, a receiver blocking on somebody.

"Keary got past the safety and didn’t have to worry about the cornerback because Smitty was eating him up. That’s how you make big plays."

Smith is 5-foot-9 and about half the size of, say, defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, but when he’s not the target of a play, he often throws himself into defensive backs with the same enthusiasm he displays in leaping for a pass.

It’s something not every wide receiver does consistently; after all, the glory is in the reception. But it makes the team better and Delhomme, for one, appreciates it.

STAN OLSON

Posted by Observer Sports on August 26, 2007 at 11:37 AM | Permalink

Comments

Great block by Smitty! I saw Carter point to Jake when he made a nice pass/catch and think it would be cool if we got in the habit of recognizing efforts that help make the big plays...downfield blocks etc...

Posted by: PreSeason | Aug 26, 2007 12:53:31 PM

MOOSE TAUGHT SMITTY WELL!!89 IS THE BEST WEAPON IN FOOTBALL.GO PANTHERS!!

Posted by: james | Aug 26, 2007 6:24:32 PM

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