In the wake of the Ravens recent offensive struggles, everyone has been complaining about the offensive line and the lack of weapons around Joe Flacco. Now, all of this is very true and still remain a concern for the team, but with Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown expected to return this week, maybe things will get better. Also, don’t forget about Dennis Pitta. There is still hope that he will return later in the season after he recovers from his hip injury. Throughout this up and down season there has been one bright spot on this offense: Torrey Smith.
Smith has been having a season like no other receiver. He is currently third in the league in receiving yards with 556, and is the only player with at least 15 receptions to average at least 20 yards a catch. Not too many national analysts are talking about the production that Smith has had this season. Many wondered if he would be capable of being the number one receiver for this team, and so far he has shown that he is more than up for the challenge. He has improved his route running abilities and has become more of a threat in the short and intermediate passing game. He can still take the top off defenses, but he is forcing teams to rethink how to guard him because he has shown that he can turn seven yard catches into 40 yard gains. Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell has done a great job of diversifying Smith’s routes and allowing him to work the middle of the field with more crossing routes.
Hopefully we will start to hear more about the great season Smith is having from national analysts because he deserves the praise. He is the only consistent weapon on this team and other teams know that. Teams have tried bracketing him and it hasn’t been working. Smith always finds a way to make one or two big plays a game. He is on pace to shatter Derrick Mason’s single season franchise record for receiving yards. He is already more than half way there and it has only been five games. He could have the greatest season a Ravens receiver has ever had if he keeps playing this way. Maybe then, we will hear more about Torrey Smith.