WR Torrey Smith - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-0, 204||Born: 1-26-1989||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 14 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Smith got hurt on his only target and did not return for the final 25 minutes of game time. On the late-third quarter play, Smith ran a go route with cornerback Juston Burris in man-to-man coverage. He wasn't open, but Colin Kaepernick lofted the ball to him anyway. Smith leaped in an attempt to snatch the ball out of the air, but ended up landing awkwardly on his neck and shoulder, with his head slamming on the turf. He lied motionless for several seconds, but eventually was able to get to his feet and sit down on an awaiting cart.
2016 Week 13 vs CHI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Smith actually had three targets, but one -- on San Francisco's first play, actually -- was nullified due to a roughing-the-passer penalty. It was a slant against cornerback Tracy Porter, who easily knocked the ball away. Smith's next target didn't come until the fourth quarter. Smith ran an out route against zone out of the left slot, found himself wide open, but dropped a low-but-catchable throw from Blaine Gabbert. On the next drive, San Francisco faced 3rd-and-19 from their own 13-yard line down 24-6. Smith ran a 17-yard route and again couldn't handle a low-but-catchable throw, presumably because the 49ers' powers-that-be chose to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing at Disney World.
2016 Week 12 vs MIA (7 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)
Smith had an up-and-down game. On the up side, the "catch" on his fourth-quarter touchdown catch was a one-handed beauty on a fade route. (The route itself benefitted from Byron Maxwell getting picked.) His other positive play also came in the fourth quarter, extending the game inside a minute left with a 17-yard catch on 4th-and-11. Colin Kaepernick was able to elude the rush and extend the play, which allowed Smith to lose Maxwell's coverage just long enough to find himself open in the middle of the field. The down side of Smith's game involved not being able to separate from Maxwell for most of the game, as well as volleyball-setting Kaepernick's first pass of the second half into the waiting arms of Kiko Alonso. This gave Miami's offense a short field, which they converted into a touchdown, thereby extending their lead to 17-7 and never looking back.
2016 Week 10 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Important note: Smith's absence in the passing game had nothing to do with Patrick Peterson. In fact, no Smith vs. Peterson matchup ever materialized because Peterson spent most of the game in zone on one side of the field and Chip Kelly's game plan (apparently) called for Smith lining up on the other side of the formation more than usual. It was a sound strategy that didn't work out. But it actually did! With 2:33 left in the game and the 49ers at the Arizona 31-yard line on a potential game-winning drive, Smith once again lined up on the opposite side of Peterson. He beat linebacker Kevin Minter on a quick slant and was wide open. The play design against that specific Cardinals defense saw all other receivers (and defenders) going in the opposite direction. This was an easy, walk-in touchdown. Colin Kaepernick delivered a perfect pass. Smith dropped it. (Thankfully for Smith, the 49ers tied the game a few plays later, so this drop will be forgotten forevermore.)
2016 Week 9 vs NO (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Surprisingly, Smith's lack of involvement despite Colin Kaepernick passing for nearly 400 yards had nothing to do with the return of New Orleans' No. 1 cornerback, Delvin Breaux. Breaux spent the vast majority of his time on the opposite side of the formation, which meant Smith ran the vast majority of his routes against fourth-year journeyman B.W. Webb -- with limited success. Even his two receptions didn't reflect well on Smith's ability to beat Webb man-to-man. His first was on a quick slant route on 3rd-and-6. He got open, and Kaepernick delivered the ball in stride, but Webb was able to follow him across the field at an angle such that his room to run for the first down evaporated quickly. His second reception came on a play where Webb dropped into a deep zone rather than playing man-to-man, and underneath zone safety Kenny Vaccaro wasn't able to get over in time, which left Smith wide open along the sideline for a 13-yard gain.
2016 Week 7 vs TB (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Smith faced an uphill battle for fantasy relevance in this game, what with nursing a back injury and having to run most of his routes against the Buccaneers' best cornerback, Brent Grimes. Smith was able to beat Grimes one-on-one to set up 1st-and-goal during San Francisco's weekly first-quarter halcyon days. His only other target was also in the first quarter, coming on a 3rd-and-7 crossing route against slot corner Jude Adjei-Barimah. The good news is that he got wide open. The bad news is that he dropped it. The worse news is that, even if he had caught it, the reception would have been negated due to a holding penalty that Tampa Bay declined.
2016 Week 6 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 76 / 1 rec)
As was the conventional wisdom going into this game, Smith ended up being the primary beneficiary of San Francisco's switch from Blaine Gabbert to Colin Kaepernick due to the latter being far better at downfield passing. As much as this bottom-of-the-barrel offense would allow, Smith was targeted early and often. Depending on your perspective, his stat line could have been worse or far better. On one hand, Smith was (once again) wide open on a deep post, but -- just like Gabbert before him -- Kaepernick overthrew him. On the other hand, Smith's 53-yard touchdown was the result of a blown coverage. There were no defenders within 10 yards of him, and he only had to avoid one tackler between the catch point and the end zone.
2016 Week 5 vs ARI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Between his one-on-one matchup with Patrick Peterson and Gabbert's mysterious inability to deliver an accurate pass whenever he's the target, Smith was destined to be a non-factor. His stat line clearly shows that he fulfilled said destiny. But for good measure, though, that one incomplete target involved Smith getting open on a deep dig, and Gabbert wildly overthrowing him as per usual.
2016 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Smith was completely shut down by Morris Claiborne, to the point that his first target didn't occur until the fourth quarter, and his first reception didn't occur until San Francisco's final offensive play. Despite that lack of involvement, Smith could have still scored double-digit fantasy points if his Blaine Gabbert's accuracy didn't do its weekly clocklike turn from carriage to pumpkin. On his first target, he beat Claiborne in man-to-man on a deep post route. A good throw would have resulted in a 55-yard, go-ahead touchdown; a descent throw in a 45-yard gain. Instead Gabbert threw one of the most inaccurate passes to the deep middle of the field that you'll ever see.
2016 Week 3 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Smith's stat line was once again a victim of Blaine Gabbert's inaccuracy. One of Smith's receptions was ready-made for yards after the catch, but ball placement left much to be desired -- to say the least. On a slant pattern in the first quarter, with Smith having beaten man coverage to the inside, Gabbert's low throw required a diving catch for any gain at all. A good throw to Smith in stride would have gained much more. Another target, which resulted in a near-interception saw Smith get open against Richard Sherman, but Gabbert's throw was low and inside rather than high and outside, turning Smith from a receiver into a pass defender.
2016 Week 2 vs CAR (10 / 3 / 55 / 1 rec)
Like last week, Smith was the primary target ... of Blaine Gabbert's inacccuracy. That 30 percent catch rate wasn't due to Smith dropping passes. Rather, it was because Gabbert alternated skipping the ball to him, throwing it 10 feet over his head, or throwing it behind him. However, as the incompletions piled up, it became apparent that there's also an element of miscommunication here. Gabbert's loss-sealing interception late in the fourth was a perfect example of this. At the top of his 15-yard route, Smith turned inward, but Gabbert shaded his throw to the outside. With the cornerback playing on Smith's outside shoulder, it was an easy pick. On the bright side, Smith's touchdown was a clear win in man-to-man coverage. Carolina's four defensive backs were playing "quarters," and the play design allowed his post route to break wide open in the middle of the field. Gabbert made a rare good throw in his direction, and Smith made the easy catch in stride.
2016 Week 1 vs LA (6 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Smith's poor stat line was mainly due to being covered by Trumaine Johnson, who the Rams franchised this offseason. Given the talent drop-off between Johnson and Los Angeles' other cornerbacks, Chip Kelly (and Blaine Gabbert) chose to focus their attentoin on more favorable matchups. Smith's one highlight was a diving, 15-yard catch on an underthrown pass -- which brings us to the other reason for Smith's statistical disappearing act. Namely, Blaine Gabbert was woefully inaccurate on all but one of one of his targets, even the completions.
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