PHILADELPHIA – Here is a matchup to watch at Ravens-Eagles joint practice – Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith vs. Eagles rookie cornerback Eric Rowe.
The trash talking has already begun. Well, at least it has begun for Smith. Both Smith and Rowe went to the University of Utah. That means Rowe is on Smith’s radar. That means Rowe will hear from Smith, like he did during Wednesday’s practice.
“He told me to get my feet right,” Rowe said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And then when I broke up the pass, he was like, ‘I saw in your eyes, it looked like you (soiled) yourself.’ And I was like, ‘No man, I don’t panic out here.’ I expected that coming from him, but I just laughed.’’
Rowe was beaten a few times by Smith and other Ravens receivers Wednesday. But Rowe made a nice recovery against Smith in the end zone, knocking the ball away from him at the last minute to prevent a touchdown.
Of course, Smith was not in the mood to give Rowe much credit after practice.
“He made a play, I think,” Smith said. “You can write whatever you want. You’re going to find out Saturday (during the Ravens-Eagles preseason game). It’s 15 years bro. Fifteen years, come on. A little guy- I’m the guy from Utah. He’s from Utah. We’re going to come out here, make plays, have fun. But I can’t assess someone out of a six-second route if he’s going to be the next Deion Sanders. I’m not saying that he won’t.”
Deep down, Smith wants to see a young player from his alma mater have success in the NFL. So imagine the trash talking that Smith does to cornerbacks he doesn’t like.