Originally posted on Inside The Panthers  |  Last updated 12/7/11
Steve Smith began this season with a bang, with five 100-yard receiving games in the Panthers' first half of the season. Opposing defensive backs took notice, and started rolling extra coverage toward Smith. Rookie quarterback Cam Newton is still looking Smith's way, but he's just not been as open as he was earlier in the year. Newton targeted Smith six times in last week's 38-19 win at Tampa Bay. Smith caught two of the passes for 32 yards – his least productive game since he had two catches for 15 yards in a torrential rain against Jacksonville. “He's a tremendous receiver and caught a lot of people off-guard as far as his value to this team. But last week was probably the week that he got the most attention that I've ever seen anybody (get),” Newton said of the Bucs' coverage. “They were rolling to him. They were pressing him, also. Having a guy under him and over the top of him, so it was physically impossible for me to make an accurate throw without putting the ball in jeopardy.” Smith
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