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WR Torrey Smith - San Francisco 49ers

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

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Recent Stats and Projections

2 at PIT 49 0 0 0 7 6 120 1 0 18
3 at ARI 32 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
4 vs GB 47 0 0 0 5 2 54 0 0 5.4
5 at NYG 49 0 0 0 2 2 42 0 0 4.2
6 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

49ers | Torrey Smith limited to 42 yards (Mon Oct 12, 01:10 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith had two receptions for 42 yards in the Week 5 game against the New York Giants on his only two targets of the game.

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49ers | Torrey Smith not getting it done (Wed Oct 7, 05:57 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith has nine catches for 185 yards on the season through four games, but two of those catches accounted for 122 of his yards, and he has one touchdown. Smith was seen storming off the field in a Week 4 loss in frustration, and San Fran has the No. 32-ranked passing attack with an average of just 158.8 yards per game through the air. Smith is averaging just 9.0 yards per catch if you take away his 75-yard touchdown catch in Week 2. He averaged 16.9 yards per catch with the Baltimore Ravens. 'We need to use (Smith) more and we need to get him more involved,' head coach Jim Tomsula said. 'So again, that's on the checklist.'

Our View: Some of it is also scheme, as the Niners aren't going downfield. Smith, who we have as a WR5 this week, must be bummed he left Baltimore, where they used him to stretch the defense in a way San Francisco doesn't. Of course at this point, Baltimore would love to have him back since they haven't found a replacement.
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