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WR Torrey Smith - San Francisco 49ers

6-0, 204Born: 1-26-1989College: MarylandDrafted: Round 2

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2015 Week 17 vs LA (8 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)

Boom-bust Torrey Smith reared his ugly head once again in this game. With the 49ers facing 2nd-and-12 down 3 points to start the fourth quarter, Blaine Gabbert had Smith wide open on a slant route, and Smith treated the ball like a hot potato. The very next play, Smith drew a defensive holding penalty on a route that had no chance. Five minutes of game time later, Smith somehow found himself open on a corner route even though St. Louis had five defenders covering three receivers. After slipping, cornerback Janoris Jenkins wasn't able to recover his position in time, so Smith's reception went for 31 yards.

2015 Week 16 vs DET (3 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)

Smith's first two targets came in the red zone. On the penultimate play of San Francisco's opening touchdown drive, he drew a (highly questionable) pass interference call against cornerback Nevin Lawson. Smith's touchdown came at the end of their next touchdown drive. On the play, Smith once again was matched up one-on-one with Lawson. This time, he got inside of Lawson's initial hand-check at the line of scrimmage, which put him in perfect position to receive the pass at the top of his skinny post (despite being Lawson being flagged for holding to boot).

2015 Week 15 vs CIN (5 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

This was another in a long line of up-and-down performances from Smith. His first target, which didn't come until the second quarter, resulted in a 16-yard gain. The route was a skinny post, and Smith was able to immediately get inside position on Dre Kirkpatrick at the snap. From there, it was mostly downhill. Two plays later, there was miscommunication, whereby Smith didn't break inside on a short zone-beater as much as Blaine Gabbert thought he would. That pass was nearly intercepted. On the following play, Smith got called for a false start, and he didn't see another target until midway through the fourth quarter.

2015 Week 14 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Smith's two targets came on consecutive plays midway through San Francisco's second drive. The first was knocked away by Tramon Williams on a deep out route off a play-action rollout. The second saw Smith lined up on the other side of the field, with Boldin lined up inside of him. The two ran an "indigo" route combination, with Boldin clearing out the inside with his go route, and Smith beating cornerback Charles Gaines on his dig route.

2015 Week 13 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 76 / 1 rec)

Smith showed mild progress this week, making his signature big play and not making his signature big drop. Otherwise, he was (once again) largely uninvolved in the passing game. He couldn't get separation against the Bears cornerbacks, especially against Tracy Porter, who covered Smith on the majority of his routes. One of the few times he wasn't singled up on a cornerback happened to be on his game-ending touchdown. On that play, Chicago was in Cover-3, with the two cornerbacks responsible for the outside two-thirds of the field, and the two safeties sharing intermediate-to-deep responsibilites in the middle third. That sharing of responsibilities resulted in the broken coverage that left Smith wide open. When free safety Adrian Amos handed Smith off to strong safety Chris Prosinski 20 yards downfield, Prosinski was on the opposite hash mark, i.e., a position from which it's impossible to reach speedsters like Smith when they're running a deep corner route.

2015 Week 12 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)

As a result of being shadowed by Patrick Peterson, Smith was largely uninvolved in the 49ers passing attack. His name was called only five times, and twice were by the referee for a false start. Smith's first reception, which came on Gabbert's first pass of the game, was on a bubble screen. Thanks to a block by Anquan Boldin and a stiffarm to Tyrann Mathieu, Smith gained 12 yards after the catch. His second reception resulted from beating Mathieu on a deep post and making a leaping grab to secure Gabbert's underthrown pass.

2015 Week 11 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Smith once again pulled his "drop easy catch early; make incredible one-handed catch later" routine. This time, the former involved alligator-arming a throw across the middle; the latter involved reaching back on a back-shoulder throw, tipping the ball to himself, and catching it on a dive while remaining in bounds.

2015 Week 9 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)

With Vernon Davis traded to Denver, Smith assumed the mantle of "49ers receiver who makes tough catches, but drops easy ones." He should have had 2 receptions for (at least) 30 yards in his first two targets, but dropped both. The first resulted from not being able to hold onto the ball at the end of a sliding catch. The second happened because Smith took his eyes off the ball, turning to run upfield before securing it. But then, on his fourth target, Smith made a catch Cris Carter would be proud of; a spinning, one-handed grab on a back-shoulder throw that got San Francisco out of a poor field-position situation.

2015 Week 8 vs LA (5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Smith caught Kaepernick's second completion of the game, and then didn't catch another until Kaepernick's last completion of the game. His other four targets fell incomplete for different reasons. He drew a defensive holding penalty on one, another was batted down at the line, another was a throwaway, and another was a drop of what would have been a first down on 3rd-and-13. His most memorable moment of the game happened on a play in which he wasn't the target. Namely, Smith was left completely uncovered on first down in the series that ended in a safety. Kaepernick didn't see him, and so the opportunity for a 97-yard touchdown was lost.

2015 Week 7 vs SEA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith's goose egg can be described in two words: Richard Sherman. He simply couldn't win that one-on-one battle. His lone target came with 4:26 left in the fourth quarter; and he dropped it. He was also flagged for offensive pass interference earlier in the game. Apparently, Sherman took Smith out of the game both physically and mentally.

2015 Week 6 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 96 / 1 rec)

The signature play of this game was Smith's 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter. On the play, he was singled up against recently acquired (from the 49ers) cornerback Shareece Wright, and ran a simple stutter-go. Wright bit hard on the stutter step, which allowed Smith to get several strides behind him. He also beat Wright again later on a standard 15-yard out route. One can't help but wonder if Smith's big day was due as much (or more) to the below-average competition.

2015 Week 5 vs NYG (2 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)

Smith's Sunday night stats don't suggest much involvement in the 49ers' passing attack, but that's because he drew three defensive penalties in coverage and had an 8-yard catch nullified by an offensive penalty. As far as his two receptions go, one was on a perfect laser from Kaepernick, while the other was a wide receiver screen that jump-started San Francisco's go-ahead drive late in the fourth quarter.

2015 Week 4 vs GB (5 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec)

Smith's "negative body language" came on his first target. After Kaepernick overthrew a 3rd-down, back-shoulder route on the 49ers' sideline, Smith ripped off his chin strap and power-walked to take a seat on the bench. To his credit, however, he didn't give up all hope from there, actually making two skillful plays over his next two targets. The first was going to the ground to catch a 3rd-down pass at his feet, which resulted in a first down. The second was an over-the-shoulder, finger-tip catch on a perfectly thrown deep ball, which came at the back end of beating rookie cornerback Damarious Randall one-on-one. The biggest positive about Smith's game, however, was that the staff (and Kaepernick) seemed to finally realize that his main reason for being on the team is to give them a deep passing attack: 3 of Smith's 5 targets were at least 20 yards downfield.

2015 Week 3 vs ARI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith's only target was intercepted; it was underthrown. Worse wide receivers have been completely shut down by Patrick Peterson, so Smith's disappearing act isn't particularly surprising in a vacuum. In the context of this game script, however, zero receptions should mean zero faith in Smith as a viable fantasy option going forward.

2015 Week 2 vs PIT (7 / 6 / 120 / 1 rec)

Although Smith seemed to "break out" in this game, it's important to put his box score stats in perspective. Obviously, without that 75-yard touchdown (and ensuing two-point conversion), his statline would have read 6-45-0, and 75-yard touchdowns don't grow on trees in this offense. Furthermore, the touchdown itself was due more to a perfectly thrown pass than Smith using his deep speed to beat the coverage. (In fairness, he did use his speed to run away from the pursuing defenders.) Meanwhile, six of his seven targets came when the game was out of reach, and Pittsburgh was playing a bend-but-don't-break pass defense. Obviously, it's better that Smith scored this many points than the alternative, but these were extraordinary circumstances unrepresentative of what the 49ers offense looks like most weeks.

2015 Week 1 vs MIN (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Smith's lack of involvement in Week 1 is potentially troubling. Yes, the 49ers were particularly run-heavy against Minnesota, but Smith only played 44 of 73 offensive snaps, only had 1 legitimate target on 22 routes run, and that target came on the third play of the game. Later on, he was the "target" of a deep pass, but Kaepernick actually threw the ball well out of bounds because he was outside the pocket and Smith was double-covered. His other "target" was a smoke route that was deflected at the line of scrimmage. It did occur in the red zone, however. if there's an optimistic view of Smith's Week 1 non-involvement, it's that he was signed to blow the top off of opposing coverages, and San Francisco's short-passing success could be attributable to Smith doing that job well. That said, his fantasy value relies on actually getting targeted on deep routes, not being a successful decoy.


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