- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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ESPN's Matt Williamson put together an Insider post on the true No. 1 pass catchers in the league, and (spoiler alert) Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith was not among the 14 players who made the cut.
This is a fair assessment, and you probably wouldn't hear an argument from the Ravens. Smith doesn't consistently make the same impact as other receivers in the AFC North like A.J. Green and Josh Gordon, both of whom made the list.
Smith looked like a premier receiver in the first five games last season, when he ranked first in the AFC and third in the NFL with 556 yards receiving. He had back-to-back 100-yard games against the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. Smith just couldn't keep up that pace.
In his final eight games, Smith produced 499 yards receiving, which ranked 29th in the league over that span. The Ravens needed to win one of their final two games to reach the playoffs, and Smith totaled 96 yards receiving in the last two weeks.
Could Torrey Smith develop into one? Possibly. For now, the Ravens want more balance from their passing attack. The expectation is for the receptions to be spread out after the Ravens re-signed tight end Dennis Pitta and added wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Owen Daniels.