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Ravens teammates thinking about his retirement as much as Steve Smith Sr.

Ravens teammates thinking about his retirement as much as Steve Smith Sr.

OWINGS MILLS – With one game left for the Baltimore Ravens, the career of wide receiver Steve Smith could be coming to an end.

As Smith Sr. prepares for a future after football,  some of his fellow teammates commented on his career and what it was like to go against the spark plug wide receiver in practice.

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S Lardarius Webb, who used to play cornerback and had many battles against Smith in practice:

“I remember the first day he got here, we got into a fight. It’s been amazing to play with him, to be in the locker room with a future Hall of Famer. Y’all just see the guy who’s on the field. But we see the soft side of him, the crazy side of him as well. The crazy is just him being a competitor. He loves to win. He practices that way, and he plays like that.”

QB Joe Flacco, who developed a chemistry throwing to Smith almost instantaneously.

“Steve’s unbelievable. I have nothing but great things to say about him. I feel very fortunate to be with him. His competitive nature, how he plays this game, he’s definitely unique and a rare breed. Anytime you get a chance to play with a guy that’s really a legend in this game, count yourself lucky.

“He’s just so darn good. He’s powerful. He’s not very big, but he’s so explosive. Can change directions like that. Just so strong, not even for just his size. He’s just a strong dude. The ferociousness that he runs with the ball. And he’s not afraid. When the lights come on, and when the big moments are here upon us, he reacts to it in a positive way.”

S Eric Weddle, a former Charger who played against Smith before becoming his teammate this year:

“He’s one-of-kind. I’ve never seen someone be so magical in a game, whether it’s making a big play, or shrugging off defenders getting that extra yard. It’s been a huge blessing. Just seeing his routine, his fire, his daily activities. You have to get adjusted to that, just his personality, how big it is. What he can do, at his age, his stature? He’s a little guy but he plays like he’s the biggest guy on the field. It’s something that’s inspiring to a lot of us. He’s brought so much to the game, on the field, but more so off the field, what he’s done with his charity work. How special he is, a lot of people don’t know. He’s changed a lot of lives.”

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WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, but at Pro Bowl practice Friday he decided to show off his ridiculous range by drilling a 70-yard field goal with relative ease. 

Hitting 70-yard field goals in practice isn't anything new. He spent time in the offseason drilling kicks from the same distance.

There just wasn't any need for Tucker to kick a record-breaking field goal because the Ravens offense was seemingly always in the red zone. Tucker attempted 59 extra points this year, which was the most he'd ever taken in a season by 17 and led the league by a wide margin. 

Tucker's current career-long is the 61-yard bomb he hit in 2013. His longest field goal in 2019 was 51 yards. 

In a game like the Pro Bowl, field position and the final result doesn't really matter. So maybe Tucker will get a chance to kick from 70-plus during the game on Sunday. 

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

The NFL's Top 100 players list is always an interesting discussion point for fans. It's fun to debate who is the best of the best, especially in a sport like football.

Positions require such vastly different skills, so it's difficult to compare a running back to, say, a punter.

What also makes the list interesting is how it's compiled: by the players themselves.

We don't always get to peel back the curtain, but Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was willing to share his ballot on social media once he put his votes together.

This is an especially interesting list. Humphrey resisted the urge to simply vote all Ravens, as Lamar Jackson, Ronnie Stanley and Marcus Peters are the only ones to make his top 20.

Humphrey did seem to heavily weigh players he has faced already, particularly in 2019. Of his 17 non-Ravens, 11 played against Baltimore this past season.

The cornerback clearly remembers 2018's matchup with the Saints well, as Michael Thomas and Drew Brees find themselve in his top four. He has a nice balance between offensive players he's had to defend and defensive players he can evaluate as a peer.

The divisional round loss also clearly is still weighing on his mind, with Titans running back Derrick Henry ranked sixth across all players.

Of course, according to him, the easiest choice of all was Humphrey's first.

Hard to disagree with him on that one.

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