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Colonial Beach Native, Stafford Graduate Torrey Smith Proving Reliable For Ravens
ASHBURN – After a remarkable rookie year, Torrey Smith has emerged into an even more reliable receiver for the Baltimore Ravens this season.
Smith enters Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins with 42 catches for seven touchdowns and 732 yards – a 17.4-yard per-catch average that ranks him fifth in the NFL.
He had a career-high seven catches for 144 yards in the Ravens’ 16-13 overtime victory at San Diego on Nov. 25 and had a 19-yard touchdown reception at Cleveland on Nov. 4 that helped Baltimore claim a 25-15 victory.
“We don’t put guys in the same spot every week, so we get a chance to free guys up,” Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron told reporters earlier this week. “Putting [Anquan Boldin] inside and out, Torrey inside and outside – we keep people guessing so they can’t zero in on a guy. That’s a quarterback’s and coordinator’s ideal scenario.”
Smith’s biggest game this season came a day after his brother, Tevin Jones, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Sept. 22.
The Ravens hosted New England the next night, and Smith not only played, but he had six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns in Baltimore’s come-from-behind 31-30 victory.
A Colonial Beach native and Stafford High School graduate, Smith ranked third in receiving yards by a rookie last season. His 50 receptions, 841 receiving yards and seven touchdowns were all team rookie records.
“He’s running. He’s moving. He’s explosive,” said Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson, who got to know Smith because they both played at Maryland. “You see he gets his hands on the ball and he can get his hands on the ball and make it difficult for you.”
“We played him last year in the preseason, and I think he really took off,” Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. “He’s one of the top receivers and he’s got great speed. He’s a go-to guy. He’s a big guy going downfield, and you’ve got to handle him, but I think he’s made unbelievable strides from the last time we saw him ‘til now.”