Smith: "Now with my age, I get up every morning with a purpose, with a goal I want to accomplish."
Smith on still having passion as a veteran: "...that thirst and desire...I have that key role still."
Smith compares getting out to a fast start to a boxing match. Says you don't want to start fighting in the 5th round when you're beat up.
Smith: "In the WR department, Armanti Edwards has stepped up, tremendously."
Smith: "A guy that I'm always tough on, and will always be tough...but that has really stepped up is Josh Norman."
Smith said Norman is listening to the technique/teaching from his coaches and combine that with his talent, "things are coming easy to him".
Smith on if he's seen Cam Newton make smarter decisions and check down more during this camp: "I've seen it, I think we've all seen it."
Smith on if current OC Mike Shula is similar to former OC Jeff Davidson: "No that is not accurate at all."
Smith on if fans should be concerned about O-line: "They are going be concerned because they aren't familiar with the names, they aren't comfortable...sometimes change is good."
Smith on O-line: "They are gelling and working together and they are getting better everyday."
Smitty says G Jeff Byers is the kind of guy you want to go into a fight with you.
Smith: "James Anderson asked 'What kinda day we having?'...I said if I get the opportunity, I'm going to knock your ass out."
Smith on convo with James Anderson: "The difference is, he's a former teammate so I would pick him up off the ground."
Smith on Kenjon Barner: "He is such a patient runner...He reminds me so much of Warrick Dunn."
Smith has very high praise for Kenjon Barner, says he's "jealous" of Barner's abilities.
Smith on why his relationship with Cam has grown: "We have checked egos at the door & that has helped. We've taken each other at our word"
Smith: "There's no place I'd rather be, no place I'd rather play, no place I'd rather call home than Charlotte, NC."
very high praise for norman and barner. i'm not used to smitty being so positive. i can't remember him being so vocal like this ever...at least not positively.