Monday, March 26, 2012
Ravens' T. Smith aims to break 1,000 yards
By Jamison Hensley
After setting most of the Baltimore Ravens' rookie receiving records, Torrey Smith is looking at another mark -- a 1,000-yard season.
"I think I should have done it last year,” Smith told the team's official website. “It was my fault it didn’t happen. … I’m looking forward to doing it this year.”
Smith has a really good shot at doing so. Actually, he should become the No. 1 wide receiver for the Ravens next season.
As a rookie, Smith showed flashes of potential. He took over the games at St. Louis and home against Cincinnati. What he has to develop is more consistency.
But Smith has already established chemistry with Joe Flacco, who hasn't really connected with Anquan Boldin like many anticipated. And, unlike Boldin, Smith can get separation because of his speed.
Last season, there were 19 players who reached 1,000 yards receiving. The last Ravens one to do so was Derrick Mason in 2009.
Smith finished last season with 841 yards receiving (second on the team), and he did so while playing with a sports hernia. If he can reach his goal this season, it will be a milestone for himself as well as the team. No Ravens draft pick has ever produced 1,000 yards receiving in one season for the team.