Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith doesn't lack for confidence. At all even at the ripe old age of 34. In fact Smith believes that despite his age there "are GMs hoping and praying" they can find a rookie capable of what 89's doing at 34. "If I lost a step that's good that's great. It may happen it may not" Smith said. "But what I'm doing at 34 there are GMs hoping and praying they can draft a guy that can do what I'm doing." You have to love that swagger. But you have to love the fact that it's 100 percent accurate. Rookies simply don't do what Smith is doing at 34 years old -- over the last two years he's averaged 76 catches 1284 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Smith looked finished in 2010 with Jimmy Clausen under center (and was the subject of trade rumors galore) but has seen a renaissance thanks to the Panthers drafting Cam Newton. Only one rookie ever put up those numbers: Anquan Boldin who caught 101 balls for 1377 yards in his rookie season. In fact only 13 rookies have ever caught more than 50 balls and 1000 receiving yards in their first season. That would be a down year for Smith in 2013 and he's showing no signs of getting "comfortable" with his lot in life.
Steve Smith: 'GMs hoping and praying' to find rook like 34 YRO vet
CBS Sports | Aug 6