WR Torrey Smith - Baltimore Ravens
|6-0, 204||Born: 1-26-1989||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 16: at Houston Texans
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco hasn't had to throw the ball much in order to win games of late - last week, the Ravens got a blocked punt return for a TD to open the game (Flacco threw 20/30 for 221 yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with zero sacks taken vs. Jacksonville), while two weeks ago they posted 31/183/2 rushing as a team at Miami (Flacco owned 7/16/1 rushing to go with his 25/33 for 269 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -5 yards). The good news for Flacco is that Torrey Smith's balky knee (he didn't catch a ball in Week 14 and was used as a decoy) is in better shape and Smith managed 2/16/0 receiving out of three targets vs. Jacksonville, while Marlon Brown (five targets for 5/66/0), Owen Daniels (nine for 4/62/1) and Steve Smith (five for 5/37/0) all saw a good bit of action despite the restricted number of TD passes during Week 15. We'll see if the Ravens open things up a bit more for Flacco and company against Houston. Houston's pass D is ranked 26th in the NFL averaging 257.1 net yards allowed per game, with 25 passing scores given up to date vs. 17 interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and 31 sacks (tied for 22nd) generated. Last week, Indianapolis was held to a surprisingly stingy 18/34 for 168 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown (with two sacks taken for -19 yards), while Jacksonville was in the same neighborhood two games ago (20/40 for 188 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -17 yards). Of late, the Texans' pass D is much stronger than their season average would indicate. This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Ravens.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs SD (8 / 6 / 65 / 2 rec)
Torrey Smith had another strong game. He continues to play well and is able to exploit the favorable matchups he gets thanks to the running game and Steve Smith. On the opening drive he picked up 17 yards on a crossing route but he juggled the pass and had to double catch it before securing it. Smith capped the drive with a 16 yard touchdown on a post route. The pass from Flacco was slightly in front of Smith so he reached out with one hand and secured the pass. Smith drew a 22 yard pass interference penalty on a go route. Smith dropped a 15 yard catch on the same post pattern he scored on. Smith came back with a third down conversion on a comeback route. He then burned Gilchrist on a slant route for an 8 yard touchdown. Smith got a chance for his 3rd touchdown fighting through contact from Gilchrist but dropping the pass. Luckily, Smith used his special move of drawing pass interference penalty for the second time this game.
2014 Week 14 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith played 15 snaps and was never targeted. He entered the game with a knee injury and a probable designation. John Harbaugh said Smith's knee swelled up before the game but they had already activated Smith. Kamar Aiken was the beneficiary of Smith's absence with substantial snaps and targets.
2014 Week 15 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith finally saw his first target with less than 2 minutes to play in the first half. Smith came wide open on a skinny post but had the ball bounce off his hands incomplete. Smith drew a very questionable 30 yard pass interference call after his feet were tangled with Colvin. Smith caught a low bullet from Flacco on a slant for 12 yards.
Latest NewsRavens | Torrey Smith probable (Fri Dec 12, 02:31 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 15. Our View: Most sources still consider him questionable to doubtful as he didn't look good in practice today. Don't count on him, although this does cast a little doubt on Kamar Aiken's status as a starter. Smith could be used as mostly a decoy as he was last week because his knee flared up after inactives were announced.
link to story Ravens | Torrey Smith practicing (Fri Dec 12, 11:24 AM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) is participating in practice Friday, Dec. 12. Smith looks gimpy and uncomfortable running routes. Our View: Look for Kamar Aiken to get the start and put up decent numbers against the soft Jacksonville secondary.
link to story Ravens | Torrey Smith sits (Thu Dec 11, 04:09 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 11. Our View: Smith may not play this week. That makes Steve Smith a better fantasy starter in Week 15.
link to story Ravens | Torrey Smith sitting out (Wed Dec 10, 02:05 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 10. Our View: Keep an eye on Smith, but fantasy owners should be making other plans. We'd be shocked if Smith is able to play in Week 15 against the Jaguars. If Torrey Smith is out then Steve Smith becomes an even better fantasy play.
link to story Ravens | Torrey Smith has knee sprain (Mon Dec 8, 04:08 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) has a sprained knee, according to head coach John Harbaugh. There was no further information on Smith's status or timetable. Our View: Fantasy owners need to watch this closely. We'll see if Smith can get back to practice later in the week. There's no word on the severity just yet.
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