The NFL’s best outside receivers, No. 12: Steve Smith, Ravens

A lifetime achievement award for Smith, who eschewed his expected retirement to return for a 16th NFL season. How well he comes back, at age 37, from the Achilles tear that ended his 15th season remains to be seen. The injury was a huge blow to Baltimore because Smith was en route to one of his best years when it happened. In a mere seven games, Smith posted 630 yards receiving and scored three times. His competitive fire is unparalleled, and that includes players at all the other positions on the field. That might have been enough to give Smith an edge, but combine his energy with savvy route running and a fearless attitude in traffic. Oh, and he still remains a broken-tackles machine.

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