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Does Andre Reed getting into the Hall of Fame help Steve Smith's case?

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I ask this because looking at Reed's numbers, they really aren't that great. He averaged 59 catches, 825 yards and 5 touchdowns over a 16-year career on one of the best offenses in the league. To compare, Steve Smith averages 64 catches, 938 yards and 5 touchdowns over a 13-year career, despite having basically two seasons (2001, 2004) wasted and playing on a team that threw the ball less than pretty much every other team.

Even if we take out the two injury years for Smith and one injury year for Reed (1995), we get Reed at 61 catches, 859 yards and 6 touchdowns in an average seasons while Smith averages 75 catches, 1,089 yards and 6 touchdowns per season... and that still doesn't account for his two years as a returner, when he ranked among the best in the league in that group. With that included Smith has 16,607 total yards and 73 total touchdowns.

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I certainly would think and hope so. There are a lot less deserving WRs in there than Smitty and Reed.

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Smitty will get his ring (or two) in the next couple years and make this conversation moot.

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Reed played in a day when receivers weren't putting up the numbers that receivers are these days.  I am afraid that's what a lot of voters will look at.

 

I agree Smith deserves to be in the Hall--if the voters use a combination of numbers, the teams/quarterbacks he played with, and the eyeball test, he's in.

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Reed played in a day when receivers weren't putting up the numbers that receivers are these days.  I am afraid that's what a lot of voters will look at.

 

I agree Smith deserves to be in the Hall--if the voters use a combination of numbers, the teams/quarterbacks he played with, and the eyeball test, he's in.

 

True, but was he ever really the best receiver in the game? He only had 4 1,000 yard seasons over 16 years. Steve has 7 over 13 seasons (and only 11 as a starting receiver). More importantly, he had Jim Kelly throwing the ball to him during his prime. Steve Smith got Jake Delhomme.

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True, but was he ever really the best receiver in the game? He only had 4 1,000 yard seasons over 16 years. Steve has 7 over 13 seasons (and only 11 as a starting receiver). More importantly, he had Jim Kelly throwing the ball to him during his prime. Steve Smith got Jake Delhomme.


You must've joined the Panthers wagon in '11.

Smith was the best player in the NFL in '05.
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reread that, he was talking about Reed.

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You must've joined the Panthers wagon in '11.

Smith was the best player in the NFL in '05.

I think you misinterpreted what he was saying. Might want to re-read it, he was complimentary of steve.

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You must've joined the Panthers wagon in '11.

Smith was the best player in the NFL in '05.

 

That's funny. Maybe you should reread? I fugging start a topic on how Steve Smith should get in based on Andre Reed's precedent and you think I'm dissing him?

Steve Smith was far and away the best player in the game in 2005, as I implied in my post by noting Reed never was. Andre Reed was never the best in the game and never got over 1,320 yards for that matter.

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Anything that helps clear up the WR log-jam is good.

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I can see Smith having a huge year next year if we get another WR (or 2) to open up the field more. I'm talking like 1300 yards and 10 touchdowns. He definitely deserves HoF and a Super Bowl ring. I hope he comes back to coach after he retires too, but I could see him playing another 3-4 years. (not at an elite level of course)

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Having Jake throw Smitty the ball was probably the best thing that could have happened to Smiths numbers. Think Manning Brady Rodgers Brees - they spread the ball around like crazy. I would compare Jake and Smith to Stafford and Megatron. Whenever Stafford is in trouble throw it up to Johnson. 

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