WR Torrey Smith - Free Agent
|6-0, 204||Born: 1-26-1989||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2011|
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
The wide receivers struggled to get separation against a stubborn and disciplined coverage unit of the Cowboys, with Torrey Smith perhaps the most affected - and least targeted - of the bunch. Smith showed good quickness off the snap to get inside leverage on the cornerback and catch a slant pass from Cam Newton, but otherwise was a non-factor.
2018 Week 2 vs ATL (7 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
After hardly making an impression in his debut last week, Torrey Smith at least made a dent as the Panthers played mostly from behind. Smith's speed at the intermediate and deep levels of the field is still evident; his first target over the middle would have been an excellent start had Cam Newton not thrown it a few inches too high. Smith was targeted subsequently on a pair of passes: a deep ball which was expertly broken up at the catch point, and a pass over the middle that drew a pass interference penalty. Smith cashed in at last with a touchdown catch when the Panthers returned to the red zone, running a skinny post pattern and attacking a Newton bullet pass as he fell to the artificial turf.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith endured a mixed bag of a game; from dropping an easy pass on a perfectly thrown dart from Cam Newton to producing a pair of critical third down catches with smooth route-running. Smith was the target on the opening play of the game, a deep shot down the right sideline that floated too far outside for the receiver to run underneath. Later in the game, a defensive back read Smith's route - an inside-breaking dig pattern - and undercut it, but was unable to make the interception as Newton targeted his speedster.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith was completely blanked in this outing and seems to be the player on the outside looking in. With the offense mixing in Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore to add a speed element, Smith's talents were not required. He tweaked a muscle in his leg, which may have explained his lack of impact.
2018 Week 6 vs WAS (5 / 5 / 43 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith was the forgotten man in the passing game in the first half, only to come alive in the second. Smith announced himself with a slick catch on a low throw from Cam Newton, then began to make hay with shorter routes designed to get him the ball quickly against soft coverage. Smith cashed in after being targeted three times on one drive, losing his defender in coverage on a shallow crossing pattern on the goal line. Newton spotted him wide open and tossed him an easy touchdown pass. Smith caught the subsequent two-point conversion pass on essentially the same play. It was a case of better late than never for Smith, who showed up for his quarterback when needed.
2018 Week 7 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Former Philadelphia Eagle Torrey Smith seemed to thrive on the us-against-them atmosphere as he impressed against his old teammates. Cam Newton was unable to connect with Smith early, a lofted pass on a corner route batted away at the last second by Malcolm Jenkins. Smith stayed involved, however, with a couple of rhythm plays to get small chunks of yardage. With the game entering its crucial end, Smith came up with a lovely grab on a high sideline pass from his quarterback. On 4th-and-10, with the game on the line, Smith managed to adjust his route just enough to give Newton a throwing window. His quarterback obliged despite being crunched by a defender. Smith saw daylight down the right sideline and turned the first down into a huge gain, a play that would eventually set up a game-winning score.
2017 Week 1 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
Smith was largely a non-factor in this game as he was only targeted three times in this game while completing only one of those receptions in which Torrey Smith sat down in the soft spot in the zone for a 30 yard completion. Smith was on the field for 71% of the snaps in this game, so he will look to increase his production in the upcoming weeks.
2017 Week 5 vs ARI (4 / 3 / 70 / 1 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
It seems every week Torrey Smith has been near the top in terms of snap counts for this Eagles team, but the production had not been there. That changed this week as Smith finally connected on a long pass from Carson Wentz on a 59-yard post route in which Smith used his speed to run by Justin Bethel in one-on-one coverage with no safety over the top. This was Smith's first touchdown of the season and first catch over 30 yards on the season.
2017 Week 6 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
This is the second week in a row that Torrey Smith has seen his snap count decreasing as it is now down to a season low of 56% of the snaps as the team has been giving more of Smith's snaps to Nelson Agholor and Trey Burton. Smith had just two targets in this game and was largely a non-factor.
2017 Week 11 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith played a possession type receiver in this game as he only averaged 9.3 yards per catch which was the lowest on the season. Slant over the middle for a touchdown made the catch in traffic taking a big hit after the catch. Smith continues to be a secondary option in this passing offense as he only saw four targets which was the most that he has seen since week 5.
2017 Week 14 vs LAR (11 / 6 / 100 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith was heavily utilized as the Eagles for the first time in several weeks utilized Smith as a deep threat after several weeks of utilizing him in underneath routes or not at all. Smith's day was largely setup by a 46-yard gain before half-time in which Smith caught the ball 20-yards down the field and was able to zig-zag his way for an additional 26 yards before finally being brought down.
2017 Week 16 vs OAK (5 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith was seemingly the only receiver who was running deep routes in this game, and while Foles took a few deep shots to Smith, he was mostly unable to connect with his receiver. While Smith did not make a big impact statistically he did keep the defense honest as he was on the field for 90% of the plays and the defense had to keep honest with Smith's speed.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 1 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith had a game to forget. Smith slipped on his first target leaving a potential third down conversion on the field. Smith and Flacco then had a miscommunication that almost resulted in an interception. Smith followed that up by dropping a perfectly placed pass on a fade route deep down the sideline. Flacco went back to Smith on the next play and drew a pass interference call to move the chains. Smith got his first reception inside the 2 minute warning of the first half on a nice deep comeback route where he managed to break a tackle and get out of bounds to stop the clock. Smith was largely uninvolved until past midway in the fourth quarter. He made a nice catch with Terrence Newman draped all over him on a comeback route to move the chains. Smith made a catch down the deep middle against zone coverage and exploded up field for good yardage
2014 Week 2 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith posted a disappointing stat line but it likely isn't indicative of his value going forward. He got a long target as he ran past Cortez Allen but was drug down from behind, drawing a pass interference call in the end zone. It would have been a 26 yard touchdown had it been completed. The following drive the Kubiak dialed up a 7 step drop play action with Smith going deep but Flacco dumped it off to Pitta, not liking what he saw. Smith saw his next target on 3rd and long as he ran an out route. But Mitchell had excellent coverage and batted the pass down. Smith's next reception came on a well-run comeback route which he converted for a gain of 11 and a first down. If Smith's fantasy value is to rebound he needs more targets in the intermediate area of the field where he can exploit the cushion he's often given. More chances to run after the catch on slant and crossing routes would boost his value greatly also.
2014 Week 3 vs CLE (8 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith has his most active game of the season. He opened the game with a target but Flacco's low pass was uncatchable. Smith made a nice grab working back to the quarterback after the pocket had broken down for a gain of 18. Kubiak dialed up a deep shot to Smith but he was well covered and Flacco had to throw the pass out of bounds. Nonetheless, Smith is getting enough looks to be fantasy relevant, he simply isn't converting his chances. Smith got behind the defense for an 80 yard touchdown but Flacco was hit as he threw. The pass fell way short and was intercepted. Smith caught a quick slant he held onto despite taking a hard shot. His next target was a 30 yard pass interference penalty he might have turned into a touchdown had he not been tackled by his facemask before the ball arrived. Smith came open for the touchdown a few plays later but Flacco didn't see him until the coverage recovered. Smith dropped a screen pass Flacco could've thrown better.
2014 Week 4 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 53 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith finally connected with Flacco after many near misses. Smith's first reception was a seam route run from the slot, something Dennis Pitta did for the Ravens with regularity. He sprinted wide open down the middle of the field and could have had a touchdown if Flacco lead him instead of forcing Smith to slow down and make an adjustment on the ball. Instead he gained 29 and a big first down. Smith's solid day could have been much bigger. The entire Ravens sideline was asking for a flag when Smith got held up on an out route. Smith also drew a 20 yard pass interference call down the sideline on a 9 route He followed it up by beating Cason down the sideline again. This time Smith created separation with some hand fighting, made a nice adjustment to the pass, and snagged it in the end zone for a 24 yard score. Smith drew another pass interference penalty on a dig route that would have gone for 10 yards.
2014 Week 5 vs IND (8 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith began the game heavily involved. Smith caught Flacco's first target of the game but had the ball stripped away as he tried to turn up field for more yardage. Flacco went right back to Smith who made a nice contested catch on a comeback route for a first down. Smith made another grab on a well run deep in route just in front of the safety for a gain of 20. Flacco and Smith missed on a wide open opportunity as Smith came open but the ball skipped short at his feet. Smith later drew a 25 yard pass interference penalty on a 9 route against Davis. Smith also had a drop on a low comeback route.
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.
2014 Week 9 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 63 / 1 rec)
Even after a week of solid production Smith always leaves the game with an asterisk. Smith doesn't make spectacular plays with any regularity but if teams play the Ravens as aggressively as the Steelers did, 1 on 1 matchups should yield production for Smith. Smith's first catch was a slant route. Smith gained tons of separation on the play and picked up 13. His second catch, Smith ran a 9 route and worked hard to get on top of Brice McCain with hand fighting. He caught Flacco's pass in the end zone from 35 yards out. Smith had another opportunity for a touchdown one on one with McCain again but couldn't turn and make the adjustment despite getting both hands on the ball. Smith converted a third and short running a nice comeback route and picking up 12. In the red zone, Smith beat his man inside, was held, but the pass still hit his hands and bounced off. Concentration issues seem to plague Smith when defenders alter his catch process.
2014 Week 10 vs TEN (8 / 5 / 75 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith had a very good game against the Titans. Continued opportunities in man coverage yield good production for Smith. Smith was given a huge cushion and made his first catch on a slant picking up 15. If Smith could have slipped a tackle there was huge play potential. Smith again caught a slant route, this time he beat press coverage from the slot with quickness for a gain of 12. Smith burned Wreh-Wilson deep down the sideline but an underthrown and poorly placed pass from Flacco caused an incompletion. Smith and Flacco later connected deep beating Wreh-Wilson again down the sideline for a 32 yard touchdown despite a holding call.
2014 Week 12 vs NO (6 / 5 / 98 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith showed a play making and closing mentality against the Saints. Smith ran a nice slant pattern and raced down the field sprinting away from Saints defenders for 40 yards. Smith made his second catch on a quick back shoulder throw for 10 yards. The Ravens began exploiting the need for Saints corners to play off of Smith. He quickly made 2 more catches on comeback routes. Torrey made an Steve Smith-esque move with a physical stiff arm to hit a defender out of his way before sprinting up field. Smith made an even more aggressive play making a nice hands catch and attacking up field for 17 yards on 2nd and long.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs HOU (12 / 5 / 59 / 2 rec)
Smith, like most of the Ravens, had a frustrating day Sunday against the Texans. Smith was the victim of a very questionable offensive pass interference call in the second quarter which stalled the drive. Otherwise, the 7 passes thrown his way which didn't result in receptions were the fault of Joe Flacco who was off all day. Smith did catch a wide receiver screen in the fourth quarter and then turned on the jets to get to the end zone. Smith will continue to be a boom or bust receiver next season, especially with Flacco at quarterback and Gary Kubiak calling the plays.
2014 Week 17 vs CLE (7 / 4 / 83 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith had a good game against the Browns and Joe Haden. Smith caught a crossing route running away from Buster Skrine in man coverage for a gain of 12. Smith got a couple steps on Haden deep but Flacco underthrew him on a potential long touchdown allowing Haden to swat the pass away. Smith again got behind Haden for what would've been an 80 yard touchdown if not for a Flacco underthrow. However this time Smith anticipated the pass better than Haden and high pointed the pass in acrobatic fashion for a 53 yard gain. Smith came back the next play and ran a crisp skinny post beating Skrine for the 19 yard touchdown.
2014 Week 18 vs PIT (6 / 2 / 28 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith had a solid game but could had much more production. Smith had to deal with William Gay who covered Smith well all game. Smith was targeted on the first offensive play for the Ravens but he and Flacco were not on the same page as Smith came open. Smith caught his first pass less than a miunte intho the third quarter. He beat Antwan Blake who played about 10 yards off of Smith on a slant route for 17 yards. A few plays later Smith drew a 32 yard pass interference call working back to an underthrown pass. Torrey Smith was well covered on his signature red zone post but worked back to the corner of the end zone as Flacco scrambled and caught an 11 yard touchdown. Torrey Smith just missed a 32 yard touchdown as he misjudged the trajectory of the ball not allowing him to tap his toes. Smith slowed down unnecessarily before the ball arrived then was unable to catch up to it.
2014 Week 19 vs NE (6 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith made his first catch on a post route gaining 22 and holding on tight as Pat Chung laid the wood. Smith would briefly leave the game after the hit but would return mid-way through the following possession. Smith had 2 personal fouls drawn against him because of Brandon Browner. The first was a shoving match with the refs catching Torrey. The second appeared to be a standard celebration. After spinning the ball on the ground it touched Browner. Obviously a serious infraction on the part of Smith. Smith made his biggest catch of the game on 4th and 6. He burned Browner off the line of Scrimmage and won position over the top of him leaving Flacco a giant window to throw the pass. Browner ran into Smith as he tracked the ball and was called for interference but Smith didn't allow it to break his concentration as he hauled in the 35 yard catch. Torrey Smith was targeted by Flacco for the potential game winning touchdown but Harmon attacked the ball before Smith. Smith made no play on the ball and made a poor attempt to dislodge the errant pass.
2013 Week 1 vs DEN (8 / 4 / 92 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith played a good game overall and looks like he has improved his understanding of the game. Even when defenders had tight coverage on him Smith was fighting for position and giving Flacco a decent target to throw to. Once Smith gains the trust of Flacco in tight coverage he will appear as dominant as Boldin. Smith started the game strong catching his first target on third down for 29 yards against zone coverage running a flag route. In the red zone, Smith fought for extra yardage and a first down despite being wrapped up by Tony Carter. Later in the game Smith made a great one handed catch on a go route while being interfered with.
2013 Week 2 vs CLE (13 / 7 / 85 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith had a good game facing Joe Haden in coverage for the majority of his snaps. Smith isn't a number one receiver yet but he ran a variety of routes, wasn't afraid of contact, and looked explosive after the catch. Also he is didn't let the ball get into his body this game which led to some drops in the past. Smith did appear to hurt his ankle and was slowed for a couple of plays but never missed a snap and looked good after sustaining the injury. Smith barely missed a 30 yard touchdown from Flacco after he bobbled the ball and couldn't get his feet in.
2013 Week 3 vs HOU (9 / 5 / 92 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith has been a very consistent player for the Ravens so far this season. Smith made a number of really nice plays including a 48 yard gain beating Joseph and Manning deep. On the same drive Smith turned a comeback route into a big gain after he slipped a tackle. Smith also had a couple of near misses down the sideline including one in the end zone. He is the Ravens best pass catcher and can run a wide variety of routes. Torrey will continue to receive plenty of targets and produce regardless of matchup. Smith did struggle to separate against Kareem Jackson but played a good game overall. Smith had Ed Reed shadow him deep for most of the game.
2013 Week 4 vs BUF (12 / 5 / 166 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith played a good game but didn't make the plays great players make. He missed a potential touchdown early in the second quarter when Flacco under threw Smith deep due to pressure. Smith wasn't targeted again until the Ravens were in the 2 minute drill. He took a shallow cross and turned it into a 20 yard gain with his speed. His next target was an end zone throw from Flacco where Smith kept running instead of high pointing the pass or becoming the defender and knocking the pass away. As a result the pass was intercepted and the Ravens came away with no points. Smith would find redemption on the following drive turning another short reception into a long gain with his speed. Then Flacco hit him in stride after he beat man coverage for an easy touchdown. Smith's next reception was vintage Torrey Smith out running the coverage and Flacco hitting him in stride for a 74 yard gain. After the long catch Flacco gave Smith another jump ball in the end zone but Smith couldn't finish the catch.
2013 Week 5 vs MIA (9 / 6 / 121 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith played a very good game against an underrated corner in Brent Grimes. Torrey continues to turn short completions into big gains. On the opening drive he escaped Brent Grimes on a crossing route for a 41 yard gain to set up a field goal. Smith's only blemish was a drop when Grimes was able to knock the ball free on a slant route. Smith then drew a questionable pass interference call in the end zone that set up Ray Rice touchdown. There were parts of the game that Smith looked unstoppable. Smith was eating up dolphins defenders on in breaking routes picking up first down after first down. He is no longer reliant on big plays for production. Flacco looks to Smith first in the red zone and should continue to see lots of targets there. Smith has a complete skill set and has stepped up as the Ravens best offensive weapon this season.
2013 Week 6 vs GB (4 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith struggled to separate against press coverage with a safety over the top. Smith still had opportunities but couldn't make the most of them. He dropped a diving 20 yard reception. The following play Smith made a great adjustment and snagged the ball out of the air but couldn't keep his feet in for a big gain. Smith also drew a holding call at the goal line that could have resulted in a touchdown. Torrey made his lone reception late in the 3rd quarter on a quick out. Smith was targeted only 4 times by Flacco.
2013 Week 7 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith looked good in a tough matchup with Ike Taylor. Flacco narrowly missed Smith for a 20 yard completion early in the first quarter. Smith had Ike Taylor Beat on a comeback route but Flacco again missed him. Smith's big play was a go route against a single high safety and Ike Taylor in man coverage. Smith scrapped with Ike Taylor down the sideline and hauled in the contested catch. Smith beat Taylor again on a comeback route and Flacco was able to complete the play for a first down. Smith played a good game but was limited by his quarterback.
2013 Week 9 vs CLE (8 / 5 / 78 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith's first opportunity for a catch was a diving attempt at a low thrown out pattern he couldn't haul in. Smith wasn't targeted until the mid-point in the second quarter had passed. On Smith's next catch he was 5 yards behind the Brown's defense but had to wait for Flacco's pass and was tackled after a gain of 44. To open the second half the Ravens got the ball in Smith's hands on a shallow cross and he picked up a first down. Smith is able to turn short completions into first downs. Smith should be the focal point of the Raven's offense going forward. Smith did appear to injure his leg after being taken down by Joe Haden but returned to the game.
2013 Week 10 vs CIN (14 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith played well but could have had a lot more. Smith got a reception early on a crossing pattern against zone coverage. He was targeted in the end zone and nearly corralled it with one hand but the pass was slightly too far out of bounds. The following play Flacco missed Smith on a wide receiver screen that would have extended the drive. Smith made a great catch on slant route leaping high, taking a hit, and securing the pass for a touchdown. Smith was more involved than usual in the short passing game, a good sign the Ravens know they need him to touch the ball as often as possible. Torrey Smith drew penalty flags twice with Terrance Newman in coverage. Neither were long pass plays but both likely would have been caught by Smith. Smith was also interfered with on 3rd and 10 when Pacman Jones held down one of Smith's arms and the pass fell incomplete. Smith hesitated or slowed down on a perfect deep ball from Flacco and came up just short of catching a 42 yard touchdown. Jacoby Jones drew a long pass interference call on Reggie Nelson that would have been a sure touchdown if not underthrown by Flacco. His next catch was a slant route against man coverage. Jones made a contested catch on third down to pick up a key first down.
2013 Week 11 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 32 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith drew a pass interference penalty on a slant route that could have gone for a touchdown had it been completed. Smith wasn't targeted downfield at all likely due to the inclement weather. Smith made his living on curl routes and intermediate in breaking routes usually against off coverage. Smith made a tough contested touchdown catch on a slant route. He beat Bowman despite being held and double covered.
2013 Week 12 vs NYJ (4 / 2 / 74 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith Flacco lobbed a pass into the corner of the end zone for Smith but he had already cut his route off and the ball fell incomplete. Smith got a step of separation on a go route against Cromartie and Flacco delivered a perfect pass for a gain of 60. Smith dropped a potential 3rd down conversion and 25 yard gain. Smith got the ball on a quick slant and picked up 14.
2013 Week 13 vs PIT (10 / 6 / 93 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith played well but could have had a huge game. Smith caught a bomb from Flacco but was brought down at the 1 yard line. Flacco found Smith a few plays later on a crossing route for a touchdown. Smith drew a long pass interference call on Ike Taylor for a 30 yard gain. Smith was heavily involved in the short passing game allowing him to convert first downs with his run after the catch ability. Smith got two more end zone targets but Taylor was in good position on both. Smith was dominant most of the game but dropped two passes that would have added to a big day. His first drop was a quick out that wouldn't have amounted to much. The second was an excellent throw from Flacco for 20 yard gain hitting Smith in the hands but he couldn't bring in the pass along the sideline.
2013 Week 14 vs MIN (5 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith didn't have a very good game but the conditions were not favorable for deep passing. Smith came up gimpy after his first deep target but didn't miss any plays. Smith's first reception was an impressive slant route finishing the play by extending his arm for a first down. On back to back plays Smith was targeted but came up empty. The first was a back shoulder throw for a potentially big gain but it went through Smith's hands. The second Chris Cook was physical with Smith and it caused an incomplete pass but, the no call was consistent with earlier no calls. Smith caught the two point conversion on a mix up in coverage.
2013 Week 15 vs DET (12 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith hit the chunk plays but didn't get as many short targets. Smith got a deep target early in the game on a go route and should have been able to come down with the catch. Flacco laid the pass between the sideline and Smith 40 yards downfield but Smith couldn't get to it. Smith caught his next target on a deep crossing route for a 24 yard gain. Smith got himself wide open in the middle of the field for a gain of 22. Smith found another hole in middle of Detriot's secondary for a gain of 20.
2013 Week 16 vs NE (8 / 3 / 69 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith started slow but got going late in the game. Smith got behind the Patriot's secondary but a Flacco underthrow led to an incompletion instead of a big play. His first big play didn't come until the 3rd quarter. Smith found a soft spot in the Pat's zone, made the catch, and sprinted down the sideline evading defenders for a big gain. Smith made another impressive play with Talib in coverage. He was interfered with on the play but still came up with a catch and first down. Smith drew a long pass interference call to set up the Raven's touchdown on very little contact. Smith beat Talib again on a comeback route for a gain of 15.
2013 Week 17 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith was invisible for most of the game. With limited weapons, the talent should have a solid baseline of targets right? But no. Smith was hardly targeted. The Ravens made no special effort to get Smith the ball. Simple screens and quick throws to Smith could have helped slow the Bengals' fierce rush and gotten the ball into the Ravens best playmaker's hands. Smith did receive an early target deep on a go route. He flew by his man but an underthrow from Flacco lead to a jump ball and incompletion. His 2 receptions came on a slant route and a curl route.
2012 Week 1 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 57 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Smith was largely quiet against the Bengals. Despite his dynamic downfield speed, quarterback Joe Flacco seemed locked in on spreading the ball around on routes 10-15 yards downfield. He did catch Flacco's first pass of the night, a 52 yard bomb down the middle of the field where Smith's explosiveness appeared to catch the Bengals defense flat footed. Smith also had a 13 yard gain on a reverse where his speed helped him get around the left side of the line for a large gain before being pushed out of bounds by Taylor Mays. Smith was targeted on deep routes three times resulting in one catch, one incompletion, and one pass interference penalty drawn. Smith primarily ran go routes and deep crossing patterns. His presence no doubt opened up the field underneath for Dennis Pitta and Anquan Boldin as the Ravens had very little trouble picking up yards on mid-range passing plays.
2012 Week 2 vs PHI (5 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)
Because of Joe Flacco's short internal clock, and his blatant preference to pass to Dennis Pitta all day, Torrey Smith saw very few targets. He was completely anonymous until he caught a curl route for 10 yards towards the end of the first half. Smith's only other reception should have been a touchdown, but Joe Flacco failed to lead him towards the endzone on a deep ball down the sideline. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was lined up over him, but blew the coverage on the play. Cromartie appeared to be expecting safety help, which never came, so he played outside technique leaving Smith to run free upfield. Smith was wide open but had to turn and catch the football while falling to the ground. By the time he caught the ball, Cromartie had caught up to mark him down by contact.
2012 Week 3 vs NE (10 / 6 / 127 / 2 rec)
Flacco only had four passes of 20 or more yards last week. This week, he had three to Smith alone. Smith is the clear first option in Baltimore and it's not even close. He was the only wide receiver that Flacco completely trusted. The ball was thrown his way even if Smith was double covered. His first catch was a 25-yard touchdown that was underthrown. Smith jumped over the defender and caught the ball in front of him. He caught two other balls while being interfered with - including a spectacular effort on his second touchdown - and drew a third holding penalty. The Patriots defense secondary could not cover him. Smith also showed fantastic timing with Flacco. The 127 yards was his best effort since a 165 yard game last November against Cincinnati.
2012 Week 4 vs CLE (10 / 6 / 97 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Smith followed up his big night vs. the Patriots with another WR1-type showing. He looked very fluid on his routes and was a hands-catcher. He ran slants, quick hitches and curls in addition to his usual nines and posts. On his 18-yard touchdown catch, Smith's blazing speed got him to the goal line in a flash and he pulled in Flacco's perfect spiral.
2012 Week 5 vs KC (4 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith had a quiet afternoon seeing very few targets and even fewer catches. He made a quick slant look easy in the first quarter and had a 25 yard gain on a screen called back because of a penalty. His biggest gain came on a 26 yard gain in the fourth quarter, most of which was YAC.
2012 Week 6 vs DAL (4 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec)
Smith was only able to catch half of his four targets against Dallas but did have a nice touchdown catch for a 19 yard gain. On the play, Smith made a sharp cut to the right side to haul in the well-thrown Joe Flacco pass. Smith continues to run mostly deep routes and uses a variety of double-moves to try and gain separation downfield. The Dallas defense wisely rotated a safety to his side to cover him over the top and minimize the chance for long gains. He remains the Ravens favored deep threat in the passing game.
2012 Week 7 vs HOU (13 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Smith was targeted 13 times by Joe Flacco but only finished the day with 4 catches. Smith was primarily guarded by Jonathan Joseph who was listed on the injury report with a sore groin. Regardless, Joseph had little trouble denying Smith the ball and finished the day with an interception return for a touchdown. Smith primarily ran sideline go routes and double moves to go with deep posts. On the occasion that his raw speed helped him gain separation from the Texan defense, quarterback Joe Flacco was already under duress and unable to find his speedy receiver downfield. Smith's best catch came on a thirteen yard pickup on a crossing pattern to the middle of the field. On the play, Smith was able to use his quickness to shake his man enough to make the catch as he crossed between two defenders. Smith was also the target for another Flacco interception. On the play, Smith was targeted in the middle of the field but Grover Quinn stepped in front of the pass to secure the ball for the Texans.
2012 Week 9 vs CLE (9 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)
Smith caught a well thrown football from Joe Flacco over Joe Haden down the right sideline. Haden was in good position but Smith jumped above him to high point the football. Smith caught a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage, felt pressure that didn't exist so span backwards before being tackled for a five yard loss. Smith caught another screen pass late in the second quarter that went for five yards. The Ravens took a shot to Smith in the third quarter deep down the left sideline, but Smith couldn't make the difficult reception while falling out of bounds. Boldin followed that up with another bad screen pass when he dropped a wide open play. Smith made up for all of those drops late in the fourth quarter when he caught a quick curl route underneath, before beating the Browns' defense down the sideline for a touchdown.
2012 Week 10 vs OAK (6 / 2 / 67 / 2 rec)
After being invisible on offense for the first 20 minutes of the game, Smith came to life. Flacco targeted him often down the field and the opportunity was there for an even bigger fantasy day. After nearly coming down with two separate deep jump balls in the end zone in the first half, Smith made his plays in the second half. On play-action, Smith came wide open down the field to break open the game early in the third quarter. Following a special teams fumble by Oakland, Flacco and Smith immediately turned that mistake into points with a contested slant route touchdown. Overall, Smith converted two of his five deep opportunities into touchdowns and reminds fantasy owners how efficient he can be on just a few receptions. Despite having just 31 receptions on the season, Smith has scored seven times, including four in the past four games. He is one of the best big play receivers in the league and can turn any target into a touchdown.
2012 Week 11 vs PIT (7 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith's lack of production was a product of Pittsburgh's game plan. Dick Lebeau matched Ike Taylor up against Smith and routinely rolled Ryan Clark to his side. During the first half, Smith was targeted six times, but none of the targets were catchable. When Smith was double covered by Taylor and Clark, Joe Flacco wisely threw the ball out of bounds. Smith had one red zone target, but Clark's help over the top broke up the play. Even though Pittsburgh mixed up its coverage throughout the game, Taylor always had Clark's help over the top. During the fourth quarter, Smith made his sole reception on a quick slant route against relaxed zone coverage.
2012 Week 12 vs SD (13 / 7 / 144 / 0 rec)
Smith had a huge afternoon with a game-high 144 yards to pace both teams. He had a relatively quiet first half, though he did make a nice grab on the sideline to convert a third down pass play. He had his jersey grabbed just after the catch to take him down; otherwise, he might have been able to go the distance after the catch. Smith finally broke a big gain in the second half with a short sideline grab that he quickly turned into a huge gain. After a handful of missed tackles, he took off down the middle of the field. Soon after, he limped off with a thigh bruise but he soon returned. Late in the fourth quarter, he picked up receptions on three consecutive plays, turning a previously solid game (3 catches for 73 yards) into a very good one (6 catches for 113 yards). In the overtime, he drew a pass interference on a sideline route and then was targeted on a very deep pass on the next play that got knocked away by the defender at the last minute. Smith did haul in a reception in the overtime on one of the two most important plays of the game (the other being Ray Rice's 29-yard reception on 4th and 29). Smith got loose down the sideline and made a fantastic catch on third and ten, seemingly hovering in the air for a bit while waiting for the ball to come down. He showed awesome hands and managed to maintain possession all the way to the ground, which set up the eventual game-winning field goal four plays later.
2012 Week 13 vs PIT (8 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Smith's first target was a deep ball on play action when he beat Ike Taylor in single coverage. Smith dropped it as he elevated with Taylor pressuring him. Flacco went straight back to Smith on a slant route that picked up 12 yards. Smith was missed on the next play, as Flacco threw over his head, but on the same curl route outside the numbers they connected for eight yards on the following play. Flacco again overthrew Smith on the same route to outside when he was wide open underneath. After underthrowing him in the endzone, Flacco hit Smith on a deep out for a 15 yard gain. Flacco took another shot to Smith in the endzone one play later, when the receiver drew a pass interference penalty against Cortez Allen who had replaced the injured Ike Taylor in the starting lineup. Smith beat Cortez Allen deep down the left sideline, but dropped the pass just inside the pylon.
2012 Week 14 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Primed for a huge day against the Redskins' punchline of a secondary, Smith delivered a disappointing line in Sunday's box score. The second-year receiver caught one pass for twenty-one yards on a curl route that he took for several yards after the catch. Joe Flacco only targeted Smith three times and overthrew him twice. The quarterback and his speedy receiver were simply not in sync against the Redskins, and the Ravens had better fortune running the offense on the ground. Flacco also seemed content to check the ball down to running backs and tight ends, as he targeted wide receivers on a mere seven of his twenty-six pass attempts.
2012 Week 15 vs DEN (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
While all the Ravens wide receivers had fairly quiet days, this marked the 4th game in 5 weeks that Torrey Smith had less than 35 yards, and the 3rd time in 5 weeks that Smith was held to 1 reception. Champ Bailey covered Smith for much of the afternoon, which is a recipe for a small day most of the time. Smith nearly caught a very nice 25 yard jump ball, but landed just out of bounds. Other than that, Smith had a mere 3 targets on a very quiet day.
2012 Week 16 vs NYG (11 / 5 / 88 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith had a very impressive game on Sunday and was very important to the Ravens dominating victory over the Giants. Smith's day started off fast as he scored his only touchdown in the redzone in the first quarter. Smith used his hands well to get inside leverage against the NYG DB and then Flacco hit him in the chest for the easy touchdown pass. Smith then used a double move on CB Webster to beat him deep using his electric speed. Smith hauled in a perfect pass from Flacco over his head and was very unlucky not to get into the endzone for the second time, falling down at the 1 yard line instead. He looked like a well rounded WR against NYG, using speed, quickness and solid hands to torture CB Webster all game long. Smith made another terrific grab on a back shoulder fade, outstretching one hand to haul in the pass for a big third down. Smith later drew a pass interference penalty that was somewhat questionable but it was another contribution from the WR that set up the Ravens nicely near the redzone.
2012 Week 18 vs IND (4 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
While taking a secondary role in the passing game to teammate Anquan Boldin, Smith made the most of limited opportunities. As the game progressed, the Baltimore's play-calling opened up, creating more chances for Smith down the field. He high-pointed a deep crossing route as the Ravens moved into Colts territory on one drive as his highlight reception of the day. He received an end zone target, but following the leaping catch, his momentum took him out of bounds. Early in the game, he drew a defensive pass interference call on a slant route. While Smith is capable of a game-breaking performance, this week Anquan Boldin and the run game was more of the focus in the victory over Indianapolis.
2012 Week 19 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 98 / 2 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Smith saw Champ Bailey quite a bit in coverage this week and was more than up for the challenge. He got behind Bailey deep with regularity, scoring two long touchdowns and just missing two other big gains. He left Bailey shaking his head and sucking air heavily on more than one occasion. Smith showed that rare extra gear to acceleration to a pass that looks too far down the field on his first touchdown on the game. He can separate with just his last few steps of a route to create the needed space to turn a long catch into a touchdown. On his second score, Smith adjusted to a jump ball down the sideline with ease, elevating high above Bailey for the ball. In overtime, Smith let a short target go right through his hands, but rebounded to draw a defensive pass interference penalty, again on Bailey, to convert a third down. While Smith has shown an ability to have more short and intermediate plays in 2012, he was not used in that capacity often. Against Denver Smith showed his prowess as a deep target, but will need to expand on that role to move into the upper echelon of NFL and fantasy receivers in 2013.
2012 Week 20 vs NE (0 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)
Smith wasn't involved until the beginning of the second quarter when he caught a deep in route between two defenders. Smith had to extend to high point the football and did well to absorb a hit. Flacco couldn't connect with Smith deep on two attempts, but then found him across the middle for a five yard gain. On second and 14, Smith caught a 23 yard pass on a deep post route against zone coverage. Smith caught a deep in route on first and 10 for a first down.
2011 Week 3 vs STL (8 / 5 / 152 / 3 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
In the words of Ozzie Newsome, "we just added the 3-point shooter". The big waiver pickup of the week will be Torrey Smith after his explosive debut as a starter. Everything they hoped Lee Evans might give them, Smith gave them in one quarter. The amazing thing was that not only did he break past the hapless defenders for the 3 td's, he also broke free 2 other times in the first quarter, had his defenders beaten by a couple steps, only to see Flacco throw it just over his head. The Ravens clearly were intent on unleashing a weapon on the Rams that they hadn't gameplanned for. Smith was able to get off the line cleanly, get separation, and then just basically outrun defenders. He did have 2 other receptions in the game, which showed that he can contribute as more than just a deep threat as well. Now that defenses have Smith to worry about, it will be interesting to see how this opens up the offense for Baltimore. Boldin should get more looks, and Rice more running room. This was a breakout performance that demands attention on your waiver wire. Whether Smith becomes primarily a deep ball threat, or is able to work himself into heavy usage remains to be seen. But at this point, he has Ravens fans ecstatic, as this could be the missing piece that this offense has needed for awhile.
2011 Week 4 vs NYJ (6 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
After a huge Week Three, the Jets wanted to make sure Torrey Smith was kept in check. They blanketed him with coverage all night and made it difficult for Flacco to find the rookie for a pass. He was barely able to make a grab for a single yard and many of the other passes in his direction were not really reachable. The Jets were able to lock him down and hold him there for the duration of the game.
2011 Week 6 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 84 / 0 rec)
After being targeted on shorter routes early in the game, Smith was used to stretch the field against the Texans. He nearly had a 24 yard touchdown catch in the first half but just missed getting a second foot down as the ball was thrown to the back edge of the end zone. Smith hauled in a 51 yard completion when the safety who was supposed to be helping over the top bit on a shorter route, allowing Smith to run by him.
2011 Week 7 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Smith was really affected by the game plan and the lack consistency of the offense. He did show a few glimpses of his game breaking potential, drawing a fifty yard pass interference penalty on an under thrown Flacco ball. Flacco over threw Smith early in the game narrowly missing a possible 30 yd touchdown. Smith did have the catch of the night getting laid out by a safety and still managed to get both feet down and hanging onto the football showing great concentration down the sidelines for a 20 yard gain.
2011 Week 8 vs ARI (9 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Smith's game was the prototype for "if at first you don't succeed". He was twice overthrown on deep balls, one of which would have gone for around an 87-yard score if it had been thrown on target. But just when it seemed to be the Anquan Boldin show, Smith came up with maybe the biggest catch of the game. QB Joe Flacco put it perfectly in stride to Smith, who hauled in the 36-yard pass down to the 5-yard line. Two plays later, the Ravens kicked the game-winning field goal. Smith also converted a rare third down pass play over the middle, showing he wasn't solely being used as a deep threat. He was also targeted in the end zone during an all-out blitz, but the ball was thrown too far away from him and was pretty uncatchable. The biggest negative on Smith's performance was the ball that Flacco threw right in his hands that bounced away for an easy interception by the defense. Flacco continued to go to Smith after the pick, but the lack of concentration shown by Smith is something he'll need to correct to become a more consistent part of the offense.
2011 Week 9 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 71 / 1 rec)
The rookie was having a tough game with the holding penalty nullifying Rice's 76-yard TD run and also a huge drop in the endzone that would have won the game on its final drive. However, he got deep once again a few plays after that drop and was able to secure the game-winning TD (and even use a veteran-type push-off move to gain the necessary separation). As Smith continues to blossom, he'll compliment Boldin very well with his ability to stretch defenses while Boldin works the open space underneath. He gives Baltimore's offense a dimension they haven't really had since Flacco's career began. His production may be inconsistent based on what defenses will give him and what Baltimore's game plan will be, but he's proving to be good enough to continue to gain more targets.
2011 Week 10 vs SEA (8 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Smith was looked to again and again for the big play, but the passing game was off - very off - and it hurt his numbers greatly. He did pull in a short touchdown but otherwise put up a dud. Flacco had loads of trouble getting the ball downfield, as evidenced on the play that had Smith running a deep route with a couple of steps on his man that was overthrown. He was also targeted another time in the end zone, but a terribly underthrown ball was closer to being an interception than a touchdown.
2011 Week 11 vs CIN (7 / 6 / 165 / 1 rec)
Smith was a monster from start to finish; the Bengals could not handle his speed. It literally seemed he could get deep behind the coverage any time he wanted, and when the Bengals sagged off he made them pay by catching the ball underneath and speeding through the secondary. On his touchdown he simply outran everyone and showed good extension to pull down the pass from Flacco. He also had a 49 yard catch that set up a Ray Rice TD where he again was well behind the defense. His most impressive plays though were catch-and-runs where he looked elusive and hard to cover. He took a screen pass for a 22 yard gain. He made a diving catch on a 13 yard out. For perhaps the first time this season, Smith looked like more than a deep threat. He looked like a complete receiver, one that the Bengals had no answer for.
2011 Week 12 vs SF (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Smith made a couple of short catches, each time the threat of his speed resulted in him being wide open on the short route. He took advantage of the extra space picking up YAC on both catches, and looking quick as ever. On his one deep route, Smith was unable to get a step on his man and then didn't make a great play on the ball, though he was interfered with. Lee Evans- Evans only caught one pass and it was just a simple cross, 4 yards downfield. However, what Evans did after the catch was impressive, fighting through 2 defenders to pick up a couple of extra yards and a first down.
2011 Week 13 vs CLE (4 / 1 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Smith had one carry on a reverse but the Browns were all over it. The speedster actually did a nice job to limit the loss to 3 yards on the play. He also had 2 targets in the end zone, but dropped what would have been a pretty tough catch and was overthrown on the second. His sole catch was a 32 yard pass over the middle on a nice pass from Flacco and was wrestled down by his shirttail or he would have been gone.
2011 Week 14 vs IND (9 / 5 / 48 / 1 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Smith had another nice game as he was able to get yet another score, even with WR Lee Evans seeing the field again. It was evident that the No 2 job is still Smith's, and the only time Evans got on the field was when the Ravens went to three wide receiver sets.
2011 Week 15 vs SD (7 / 6 / 77 / 1 rec)
Smith's first catch of the game didn't come until the middle of the second quarter, making a nice diving grab along the sideline to haul in a third and long pass. Late in the game, he caught a short pass along the sideline and fumbled it, but his own guys managed to recover it and save him from the turnover. With Baltimore trailing big late in the fourth quarter, Smith picked up a "garbage time" touchdown on a crossing route over the middle. He actually stopped mid-route to wait for the ball and then had to re-accelerate after the catch to get away from the defense. He impressively got to top speed after just a handful of steps, easily running away from the defenders for the score.
2011 Week 16 vs CLE (7 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Smith was behind the coverage all day long but Joe Flacco just couldn't get him the ball. By not giving up on a well underthrown deep ball in the first quarter, Smith drew a 60 yard pass interference call that set up the first Ravens TD. He did not look good on a short hitch, letting the defender fight through him to deflect the pass. Smith did get to show his speed on a short cross. He turned the 3 yard pass into a 28 yard gain, leaving two defenders in his dust on the play. Smith caught only one more pass, mostly because Flacco struggled to get the ball to him.
2011 Week 17 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith made a few short receptions throughout the game, but never really got into gear. Flacco almost hit him with a deep pass when he blew past the defensive back in coverage, but the pass was slightly too long for Smith to reel in.
2011 Week 19 vs HOU (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith was blanketed for the entire game by outstanding CB Johnathan Joseph as DC Wade Phillips opted to take away the big plays Smith could produce. Smith's only reception came on a short hitch route in the fourth quarter. Smith may have only caught one pass, but he occupied the safeties with some deep routes and allowed his teammates to make plays.
2011 Week 20 vs NE (5 / 3 / 82 / 1 rec)
Smith was wide open for what should have been a TD, but Flacco underthrew him for a long gain instead on the Ravens first big offensive play of the game. Smith also got free deep on other occasions, but Flacco faced too much pressure to load up and find him deep with any accuracy. Smith played a role in the short/timing passing game too, with a third-down catch in the red zone, and a catch and run that resulted in the Ravens second TD and first lead of the game. Smith's speed was very impressive, easily pulling away from the defender in his first three or four strides. He looks ready to assume the #1 role next year and should be monitored this offseason.