Smith at loss for words

September, 25, 2011
9/25/11
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This probably isn’t the way Eagles wide receiver Steve Smith saw his reunion going with the Giants. With his former team down two receivers in Mario Manningham (concussion) and Domenik Hixon (out for season with another ACL injury), Smith could have starred as the scoring threat who got away. Instead, he was the receiver who gave up an interception to Aaron Ross in the first quarter.

“Just dropped it,” Smith said.

The wide receiver who switched from the Giants to the Eagles during free agency, a move that an irked Giants coach Tom Coughlin said took him by surprise. Smith disputes that characterization of those negotiations.

“They had plenty of shots,” Smith said.

If brevity was any indication of his mood, not one of Smith’s answers expanded beyond one sentence. The former Giant answered every question that came his way in a locker perched next to Jeremy Maclin.

“It’s a loss, you don’t feel well,” Smith said.

Smith was targeted five times and caught two passes 27 yards. That less-than-stellar performance might’ve had something to do with his lack of glib. He had more to say earlier, for example when told that Giants owner John Mara offered Smith a 5-year contract with $15 guaranteed.

"If they did than how come I didn't know about it?” Smith said. “I never heard about it. If that was the case, then you don't think I would have signed it? I'm going to say no to being the highest-paid receiver and a guaranteed contract? Come on."

After the 29-16 loss to his former team, Smith was asked about the possibility that his quarterback Michael Vick would miss a few games after breaking his right hand.

“I just got to work on my job I can’t worry about that.”


Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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