WR Torrey Smith - Carolina Panthers
|6-0, 204||Born: 1-26-1989||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2011|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Nov 15): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Nov 14): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Nov 13): did not practice Tuesday, Nov. 13, but said his injured knee is feeling a lot stronger and has resumed running.
Week 11: at Detroit Lions
FBG says: Tough matchup. Cam Newton is quietly enjoying his best NFL season through the air. When he's protected well and given plenty of time to set his fundamentals, he's actually been one of the NFL's more consistent passers this year. The season's flow has been kind thus far, and he's completing a career-best 69% of his throws, with multiple touchdowns in every game since Week 2. But when pressured and kept from his comfort zone, he still struggles to connect down the field. His decision-making and placement suffer, never better illustrated than on last week's pick-six to Pittsburgh's Vince Williams. As a result, we never quite know which Newton will show up in the pocket each week - and whether he'll be sharp enough to adequately subsidize his rushing numbers. When he's able to make downfield plays with Devin Funchess and D.J. Moore, he's extraordinarily helpful. But when he's hassled like last Thursday, he walks a tight fantasy line. What's in his favor is the dependability and dynamism found in his safety targets. Christian McCaffrey is a route-running back in the Marshall Faulk vein, while trusty Greg Olsen remains rock-solid as an underneath checkdown. They help keep Newton's passing floor balanced - during last Thursday's nightmare, McCaffrey managed to slip downfield twice for relatively easy touchdowns. With top cornerback Darius Slay in the lineup, the Detroit pass defense is a stout one. Over their first 8 outings, they allowed just 236 yards a game - 206 if we exclude an early Aaron Rodgers eruption. But with Slay out, as he was last week, it's a leaky unit that's at least a little vulnerable everywhere. Mitchell Trubisky, who'd struggled mightily with his accuracy of late, hit on 23 of 30 passes for 335 yards and 3 scores Sunday. Slay tends to do well against top outside receivers, but DeShawn Snead and Nevin Lawson were victimized repeatedly, and the Allen Robinson/Anthony Miller duo racked up 255 yards and 3 touchdowns (nearly 4). The replacements bit hard on fakes and failed to tackle, and Slay can't return quickly enough. It looks like he is able to go which would make a world of fantasy difference for the Lions as he will likely be on Devin Funchess for a majority of the game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Torrey Smith's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 7 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Former Philadelphia Eagle Torrey Smith seemed to thrive on the us-against-them atmosphere as he impressed against his old teammates. Cam Newton was unable to connect with Smith early, a lofted pass on a corner route batted away at the last second by Malcolm Jenkins. Smith stayed involved, however, with a couple of rhythm plays to get small chunks of yardage. With the game entering its crucial end, Smith came up with a lovely grab on a high sideline pass from his quarterback. On 4th-and-10, with the game on the line, Smith managed to adjust his route just enough to give Newton a throwing window. His quarterback obliged despite being crunched by a defender. Smith saw daylight down the right sideline and turned the first down into a huge gain, a play that would eventually set up a game-winning score.
2018 Week 6 vs WAS (5 / 5 / 43 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith was the forgotten man in the passing game in the first half, only to come alive in the second. Smith announced himself with a slick catch on a low throw from Cam Newton, then began to make hay with shorter routes designed to get him the ball quickly against soft coverage. Smith cashed in after being targeted three times on one drive, losing his defender in coverage on a shallow crossing pattern on the goal line. Newton spotted him wide open and tossed him an easy touchdown pass. Smith caught the subsequent two-point conversion pass on essentially the same play. It was a case of better late than never for Smith, who showed up for his quarterback when needed.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith was completely blanked in this outing and seems to be the player on the outside looking in. With the offense mixing in Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore to add a speed element, Smith's talents were not required. He tweaked a muscle in his leg, which may have explained his lack of impact.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith endured a mixed bag of a game; from dropping an easy pass on a perfectly thrown dart from Cam Newton to producing a pair of critical third down catches with smooth route-running. Smith was the target on the opening play of the game, a deep shot down the right sideline that floated too far outside for the receiver to run underneath. Later in the game, a defensive back read Smith's route - an inside-breaking dig pattern - and undercut it, but was unable to make the interception as Newton targeted his speedster.
2018 Week 2 vs ATL (7 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
After hardly making an impression in his debut last week, Torrey Smith at least made a dent as the Panthers played mostly from behind. Smith's speed at the intermediate and deep levels of the field is still evident; his first target over the middle would have been an excellent start had Cam Newton not thrown it a few inches too high. Smith was targeted subsequently on a pair of passes: a deep ball which was expertly broken up at the catch point, and a pass over the middle that drew a pass interference penalty. Smith cashed in at last with a touchdown catch when the Panthers returned to the red zone, running a skinny post pattern and attacking a Newton bullet pass as he fell to the artificial turf.
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
The wide receivers struggled to get separation against a stubborn and disciplined coverage unit of the Cowboys, with Torrey Smith perhaps the most affected - and least targeted - of the bunch. Smith showed good quickness off the snap to get inside leverage on the cornerback and catch a slant pass from Cam Newton, but otherwise was a non-factor.
Latest NewsPanthers | Torrey Smith to miss fourth straight game (Fri Nov 16, 12:47 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Detroit Lions. link to story Panthers | Carolina's Thursday practice report (Thu Nov 15, 12:55 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 15. C Ryan Kalil (ankle) was limited. The Panthers did not practice due to weather; these statuses are estimations. link to story Panthers | Carolina's Wednesday practice report (Wed Nov 14, 02:55 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 14. C Ryan Kalil (ankle) was limited. link to story Panthers | Torrey Smith on the mend (Tue Nov 13, 01:41 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Nov. 13, but said his injured knee is feeling a lot stronger and has resumed running. Our View: The Panthers played last Thursday so there was some thought that Smith would be able to be back by now. He's not, but that doesn't mean he's out in Week 11. Check back on his status later in the week to see if he can practice. Rookie D.J. Moore will continue as the no.2 WR for the Panthers while Smith is out.
link to story Panthers | Week 10 Carolina Panthers inactives (Thu Nov 8, 07:00 PM) - The Carolina Panthers have declared OG Amini Silatolu, LB Andre X. Smith, OL Brendan Mahon, WR Torrey Smith, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, DE Marquis Haynes and CB Josh Hawkins inactive for Week 10. link to story More News
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