When you see #89 on the field for the Baltimore Ravens this season, it’ll be wide receiver Steve Smith – even though the nameplate will read slightly different.
Expecting a child in the coming months, Steve Smith has filed paperwork with the NFL that will now allow him to put ‘Smith Sr.’ on the back of his #89 jersey.
In addition to Smith going with No. 89, he also said Friday after agreeing to a deal that he’s a fan of the Ravens jerseys.
“I love the uniforms,” Smith said. “I look forward to playing well and dressing up in those nice colors. And I look forward to playing with passion and giving it everything that I have.”
Smith has specified that he wants to go by Steve Smith, Sr. next season. He and his wife are expecting a son this summer, who Smith plans to name Steve Smith Jr. He has filed paperwork to the NFL to have his nameplate read “Smith Sr.” next season.
Ginn also had a nice year with the Panthers as a receiver, catching 36 passes for 556 yards (15.4 per reception), and 5 TDs. More importantly, he excelled at getting yards after the catch, averaging 6.3 yards after the catch on his receptions. That would have led Eagles receivers last year, who, with the exception of Jason Avant. all had YAC averages in 2013 that were higher than their career YAC averages.
Ginn could significantly upgrade the Eagles return units and give them another very speedy weapon in their offense.