The Re-Emergence of Torrey Smith has Helped the Baltimore Ravens


Torrey Smith got off to an extremely slow start to this 2014 season, and that is an understatement. In Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals, he caught three passes for 50 yards, but over the next few weeks, he would be a relative non-factor in the Ravens’ receiving game.

In Week 2, he caught one pass, and over the next three weeks, he would haul in just seven passes for 126 yards. Over the first five weeks of the season, he would total just 11 receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown. And then, he came alive.

In the Week 6 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Ravens put down a 48-17 beating in the bay. But Torrey Smith gave the Ravens a huge lift early on. On the first drive of the game, he received his second touchdown of the season, and two possessions later, he completed a multi-touchdown game for the first time this season.

He would end the game catching just four passes for 51 yards, but the important thing was that he hauled in two touchdown passes, and all of a sudden Torrey Smith has got his game back.

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  • In the next week’s game against Atlanta, he caught three passes for 81 yards and another touchdown. Over the last five weeks, he has totaled 16 receptions for 269 yards and most impressively, five touchdowns. Oh, and that’s including the game against the Bengals in Week 8 in which he was held without a catch.

    He has come alive, and he has helped the Ravens passing game out mightily, particularly down the field. We all know that Joe Flacco can sling the ball, so having a guy with the speed of Torrey Smith is a very valuable weapon.

    However, with Torrey coming alive, Steve Smith Sr.’s production has dropped in the past four weeks. He has caught just 14 passes for 155 yards and no touchdowns ever since Week 6. This is after his spectacular start to the season, in which he received for over 100 yards in four of the first six games.

    If both of these receivers can perform well at once, then the Ravens will have a dangerous passing game. And it’s a realistic thought, because both of these guys have plenty of talent, and they definitely have enough to co-exist with each other.