Commentary

Rookie Watch: Smith bolstering Ravens

Originally Published: October 19, 2011
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.

Torrey Smith is fast. Very fast.

He is a one-trick pony right now in this regard, as he has value as a deep-route receiver only. But that value is great to the Ravens. Smith scares a defense, and the opponent often has to keep a deep support player on Smith's side of the field -- or play its coverage far off the line of scrimmage.

This opens up room for WR Anquan Boldin, the Ravens' tight ends and especially Ray Rice -- both as a runner and receiver.

We also cannot overlook Smith's own tangible contributions. Ravens QB Joe Flacco has about as big of an arm as you will find. With his slower possession options a season ago, he was rarely able to air it out deep downfield. Smith has changed that.

Also, if you didn't see it, Smith had an apparent touchdown called back because he didn't get both feet in bounds this past weekend -- but it was a questionable call.

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