“He really hasn’t changed,” Bengals safety Chris Crocker said of Smith. “He’s still dangerous after the catch. … I think over the last seven or eight years he’s had the most yards on those quick throws from the quarterback right at the line, so they just want to give him the ball.”
Ochocinco is in his familiar spot as Cincinnati’s top receiver, with 16 catches and a touchdown after two games. The Bengals (1-1) hope to get a sluggish offense in gear Sunday against Carolina (0-2), but Ochocinco plans to take some time to watch Smith when the Panthers have the ball.
“Before the season started I asked people who they were looking forward to watching the most this upcoming season and Steve Smith was the one I was looking forward to watching,” Ochocinco said. “Every time he touches the ball he does something exciting.”
Notes: Smith was listed as probable after practicing in full Friday. … Panthers DE Charles Johnson (calf) is questionable, but also practiced.
AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this report.