WR Torrey Smith - Baltimore Ravens
|6-0, 204||Born: 1-26-1989||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 2|
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 27): Though he was cleared to return to the game, Torrey Smith absorbed a blow to the head on Sunday and was checked for a concussion - Smith had zero catches in the game.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Smith got banged up, with concussion tests administered, and he wasn't able to get in the box score. Because his numerous pass interference penalties drawn aren't worth anything in fantasy leagues, his low floor has not been matched by a high ceiling. The Steelers matchup coming up seems good on paper, but Pittsburgh generally holds Smith down.
General News (Tue Oct 28): has been the intended target for five of Joe Flacco's seven interceptions this season, which is tied for the most interceptions when targeting a receiver. Smith has also caught only 46.2 percent of the passes thrown to him this season.
Week 9: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco didn't play well at Cincinnati, throwing 17/34 for 195 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions, with one sack taken for -8 yards. One of his top receivers, Torrey Smith, got his bell rung during the game and though he was cleared of concussion symptoms, Torrey Smith never reeled in a reception throughout the game. Steve Smith saw nine targets but only hauled in 3/35/0 receiving on the day - in fact, backup running back Lorenzo Taliaferro led the Ravens in receiving last week with three targets for 2/42/0. Flacco has been trending downwards since his five-TD explosion three games back - he's thrown two and then zero since - and Crockett Gillmore (two targets for 2/23/0) wasn't explosive in place of the injured Owen Daniels in Gillmore's first NFL opportunity as a starting tight end. A malaise has settled over the Ravens' passing attack entering the second half of the season. Flacco did throw two TDs against Pittsburgh back in Week 2 (21/29 for 166 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken). Owen Daniels handled both TDs for Flacco back in September. The Steelers' pass defense runs in the middle of the NFL pack, averaging 250.1 net yards allowed per game (19th in the NFL), with 13 TDs given out vs. six interceptions (tied-17th in the NFL) and 12 sacks (tied-23rd) generated to date. Andrew Luck threw 26/45 for 385 net yards, three TDs and two interceptions at Pittsburgh last week (two sacks taken for -15 yards), while Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed 21/32 for 261 net yards, two TDs and one interception, with one sack taken for -1 yard at Pittsburgh two games back. Both of these teams have headed in the wrong direction of late - this matchup looks about even to us before the AFC North rivals clash on Sunday Night Football.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 6 vs TB (5 / 4 / 51 / 2 rec)
Torrey Smith finally dominated weak competition and had a very good game. Smith ran a very good slant route and got wide open between the corner and the safety. Flacco hit Smith in stride who fell into the end zone. A few minutes later Flacco found Smith wide open again on a slant route for a second touchdown. The following possession Smith caught another slant route and got up field with speed for a gain of 18. Smith picked up his 4th catch on a slant route with 3 minutes left in the first quarter and wouldn't catch another pass. Smith did have a 15 yard catch on an in route negated due to penalty. Smith appeared to injure his leg but may have returned to the game had it been closer.
2014 Week 7 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 81 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith had a disappointing game overall. His first target was an underthrown deep ball from Flacco that drew yet another pass interference penalty. The disappointing part was that the ball still hit Smith perfectly in the hands despite the blatant interference. Smith is too often unable to haul in a pass unless it's perfectly accurate as we saw on the Ravens last snap against the Colts. Smith got a deep target from Flacco but Alford had excellent coverage on the play and made an interception. Smiths first reception was a crossing route in the red zone. Smith was brought down just short as he dove for the goal line as he picked up 20 yards. Steve Smith absolutely destroyed Robert Alford with a crack back block on the play. Smith picked up another chunk of yardage as the half was winding down. He beat Alford easily on a deep in route. Torrey Smith dropped a would be touchdown on a slant route. Smith redeemed himself on 4th and 9 beating Alford and shielding him from the ball on a 9 route for a 39 yard touchdown.
2014 Week 8 vs CIN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith got his first target on a deep comeback route and the pass was intercepted. It was an ugly pass from Flacco but Smith could have made a better effort to attack the pass in the air. His next target was another interception. Smith hit heads with Leon Hall and was unable to finish running his route. The result was a throw straight to Pacman Jones and an easy pick. Smith was diagnosed with a head injury and returned to the game but never caught a pass.
Latest NewsRavens | Torrey Smith, Joe Flacco not clicking (Mon Oct 27, 02:57 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith has been the intended target for five of QB Joe Flacco's seven interceptions this season, which is tied for the most interceptions when targeting a receiver. Smith has also caught only 46.2 percent of the passes thrown to him this season. Our View: Smith is running plenty of routes, and the film shows he's getting open. Flacco and Smith have been out of sync most weeks. Drop expectations for both until we see more consistency from week to week.
link to story Ravens | Torrey Smith available to play (Sun Oct 26, 03:20 PM) - Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (head) has been given his helmet back and is available to play after being evaluated for a concussion earlier in the game. link to story Ravens | Torrey Smith has concussion (Sun Oct 26, 03:02 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (concussion) left the game early in Week 8 and is being treated for a concussion. link to story
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