Panthers WR Steve Smith caught one pass Sunday, and clearly wasn't happy about it.
He left with the 4-yard grab on the final drive (the only pass on that series), and has a meager 21 catches for 259 yards on the season.
“It’s bittersweet,” Smith said quietly as he headed for the shower. “We get the win, but I have a limited role. So, obviously, I see this game as showing I’m no longer an asset to this team.”
Smith shook off a follow-up question, letting his bombshell stand on its own merits.
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“That’s all I got,” Smith said. “My name’s Steve Smith and I stand by that.”
It was his least productive day since Dec. 24, 2006, when he was shut out during the Wildcat game at Atlanta, when they only threw seven times.
He was asked after that game if he was surprised not to be more involved, and he simply said: “I don’t know, go ask the coordinator.” Then he headed for the bus, adding: “I’m going to enjoy Christmas.”