Steve Smith tries to smooth things over with Jimmy Clausen

Perhaps it’s because he realizes that Jimmy Clausen could be the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers for the considerable future.

Or maybe Steve Smith is simply maturing.

Whatever the case, the veteran wide receiver, and only man that is a threat in the Panthers’ passing game, is trying to smooth things over with Clausen after a sideline spat with him in last Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Per Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette, television cameras captured Smith getting into it with Clausen while the rookie was going over things with an assistant coach. It’s all par for the course with Smith, who is a combustible figure but just as explosive as a player.

“It was said that I was just about to ‘go off’ and I wasn’t,” Smith said. “I thought it was interesting because here, I was obviously agitated and frustrated, but sometimes people think they know me better than I know myself. So I think that’s a joke and I think the people that reported it are jokes.”

Smith said he thought Clausen did as good as he could considering the circumstances. It could get more difficult Sunday with the New Orleans Saints visiting. The Saints are 31st in offense and last in scoring in the league.

“There really wasn’t anything between me and Steve,” Clausen said. “Like I told you after the game it’s just his competitiveness as a football player. He wants the ball. I think it’s a good thing for your receivers to want the ball as much as they can get it.”

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