Wide receiver Steve Smith will make his return to MetLife Stadium as the enemy in green.
And he figures he'll receive a frosty welcome since he left the Giants for the green (dollar bills).
“I don’t know,” Smith said on Wednesday according to The News Journal of Wilmington. “I had some big years but I came to Philly, so the reception might not be that good.”
“New York fans are pretty brutal,” he added.
Smith didn’t want to leave the Giants but got a better offer that will pay him $2 million guaranteed. His contract is worth up to over $3 million with incentives. Smith's departure sparked a huge backlash from angry Giants fans.
Smith, who had microfracture knee surgery almost a year ago, has 10 receptions for 110 yards this season. He has played sparingly but is coming off his best game of the year with five catches for 47 yards last week against the Cardinals with DeSean Jackson benched.
Jeremy Maclin currently has a shoulder injury so Smith could see continued targets against the Giants.
In his first game against the Giants in Week 3, Smith had two catches for 27 yards but had another pass go off his hands, resulting in an Aaron Ross interception in the red zone. The Giants beat the Eagles, 29-16.
Still, Smith feels he’s exceeded expectations since many, including the Giants, felt he would need time to get healthy again.
“It’s been a tough season but it’s been a good season because I’ve passed the expectations of myself,” Smith said. “I played Game 1; I thought I was gonna be on the PUP list. So, I’m just happy to be playing again. People said I wasn’t going to be back to normal.”
With Smith gone, Victor Cruz has emerged into a playmaker with 40 receptions for 672 yards and four touchdowns. Cruz’s coming out party came against Smith and the Eagles, who watched Cruz post three catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith was asked if he regrets his decision to leave the Giants.
“Aw, no. It’s a business,” Smith said. “I would rather have more money in my pocket and be able to play football.”