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Pro football: Smith has quiet day against Redskins
BY NATHAN WARTERS
LANDOVER, Md.—Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has a healthy respect for Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson, but he wasn’t willing to give Wilson credit for his diminished role Sunday in the Redskins’ thrilling 31–28 overtime win at FedEx Field.
Smith, a Colonial Beach native and Stafford High School grad, was covered for most of the game by Wilson, his former Maryland teammate, and he finished with only one catch for 21 yards. But Smith knows he could have done much more.
“He was covering me, but I was wide open all game, so don’t try to think he shut me down,” Smith said with a laugh. “That’s my boy, though.”
Smith was only targeted a total of three times and only once in the second half. His only catch came in the second quarter and set up quarterback Joe Flacco’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin that tied the score, 14–14.
Flacco said he didn’t think Smith’s quiet day was because of Wilson’s coverage. He just didn’t look Smith’s way enough.
“We threw it what 20 times, 21 times? When we did throw the ball to Torrey, we completed it. We probably just didn’t target him that much today,” said Flacco, who completed 16 of 21 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns.
Flacco threw a costly interception deep in Redskins territory in the third quarter and failed to lead the Ravens to a first down in overtime.
“We kind of stopped ourselves more today than we got stopped,” Flacco said.
Boldin finished with three catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns against the Redskins’ depleted secondary.
Smith was the odd man out. He is one of the most dangerous deep-threat receivers in the NFL, but he hasn’t been targeted on long passes much the last couple of weeks.
Smith had only three catches for 33 yards and a long of 11 yards against Pittsburgh last Sunday, one week after catching seven passes for 144 yards against the Chargers.
“It comes with the territory,” Smith said. “There’s going to be games where I get thrown to a lot, and there are going to be games where I don’t get thrown to at all. At the end of the day, if we win, I’ll be the one with the biggest smile in this locker room.”
Despite his quiet day, Smith was glad he got a chance to square off against Wilson, his friend and former teammate.
“He was the first person I ever met when I came to College Park,” Smith said. “It was pretty cool [to play against him]. Josh is my guy. He got tickets for me. It was fun to compete against him, and I’m sure we’ll have some things to talk about in the offseason when we run into each other.”
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