Belichick has eye on Torrey Smith

January, 15, 2013
1/15/13
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ESPN's AFC East blogger James Walker points out that the Patriots were ranked 29th against the pass this season and that one of the biggest threats they'll face this week is Ravens receiver Torrey Smith.

Walker notes that Smith was scouted by New England, and that Bill Belichick is well aware of what he can do. Here's an excerpt from Walker's blog:

Smith is a matchup problem for the Patriots that concerns Belichick in this week's rematch. Expect New England to make some adjustments to try to prevent the big plays Smith can make.

"He’s always been able to run and the guy that makes all the plays down the field," Belichick said. "He can also run after the catch on the shorter and intermediate routes. If you give him a big cushion, that’s a problem too. He’s made a lot of big plays down the field on deep balls and that’s opened up things for him underneath as well. He’s been very productive."

The major difference in this meeting is New England acquired No. 1 cornerback Aqib Talib in a midseason trade with the Tampa Bay Bucanneers. The Patriots knew they needed a better cover corner against dynamic receivers like Smith if they want to make a Super Bowl run.

To read Walker's full piece, CLICK HERE.

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