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Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith is expected to inject toughness and productivity into the Ravens' offense.
The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is also providing confidence, predicting that the Ravens will be difficult for opposing defenses to game-plan against considering the amount of options new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has to choose from.
That includes wide receivers Steve Smith, Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown, tight ends Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels, running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce and fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Through two preseason games, the Ravens have scored 60 points, gained 717 total yards of offense and generated 47 first downs.
“With the weapons we have, I think [opponents] will have to pick their poison," Steve Smith said recently. "This guy may have a lot of catches and a lot of yards, and the other guys may not. And then the next week, a team is going to focus on shutting down that guy and then another guy.
"I think that benefits us. You can never have too many horses in the stable. When you have that opportunity, it makes it a lot easier on the offensive coordinator."