Torrey Smith Plagued by Drops

Torrey_smith_catch

BALTIMORE — It’s been a tough preseason so far for rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith, the Ravens’ second-round draft pick from the University of Maryland.

Smith dropped two passes during the Ravens’ 34-31 win over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

His hands have been shaky in games and during practices, catching two passes for eight yards in three preseason games.

"I had two of them I would like back," Smith said. "I’ve been a playmaker forever. That hasn’t changed. It’s more trying to get in a groove and I’ve kind of been pressing.

"I’ve really been wanting to make a play. Everyone has been making plays around me, the whole receiving corps. I just got to be patient and let it come to me instead of pressing the issue."

Meanwhile, fourth-round rookie wide receiver Tandon Doss has caught six passes for 65 yards with undrafted former University of Maryland receiver LaQuan Williams catching four passes for 84 yards.

"Obviously I can catch the ball," Smith said. "I know I can catch the ball. It’s just a concentration issue. I’m pressing, wanting to make a play, wanting to make an impact instead of letting it come to me. I was wide open on one play. I’ve got to get back to the basics and starting playing like myself."

Quarterback Joe Flacco said that Smith simply needs to play with confidence and use his natural ability instead of pondering over his assignments.

"Torrey just has to go out there and play, use his abilities," Flacco said. "Got to make a move, run by guys, use his hands, go out there and play confidently and use his ability and make moves. I think he has a tendency to overthink things. He always wants to do the right thing. He always comes up to me and tells me he wants to do the right thing.

"Sometimes when you go out there on Sundays, you just have to let it go and play. If you go out there and make mistakes, you make mistakes. You just have to go out there and play. He’s just going to have to learn that. He has all the ability to go out there and let it come to him."

 
 

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times
This entry was posted in The Beat with Aaron Wilson by Aaron Wilson. Bookmark the permalink.

About Aaron Wilson

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Hot off the street

CRAB BAG: Ravens Look for Revenge in Dawg Pound

Just when we thought we could put all of this season's off-field ugliness behind us and finally start to focus on football, ESPN fanned the flames of controversy right as the coals seemed ready to die...read more

ESPN on a Ravens Witch-hunt?

Roger Goodell’s press conference on Friday to address Ray Rice's Elevator-gate and domestic violence boiled down to this: Random media guy: Roger what do you have to say for yourself? Goodell:...read more

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens vs. Browns (Round 1)

Offense 1. Control the Edges The rush end rotation of Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo, and Jabaal Sheard were dominant against the New Orleans offensive tackles last week. Kruger in particular had h...read more

Ravens @ Browns Friday Injury Report & Game Status

GAME STATUS   RAVENS Doubtful: DT Timmy Jernigan (knee) Questionable: RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) Probable: QB Joe Flacco (illness); CB Asa Jackson (concussion); CB Lardarius Webb (back...read more

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens @ Browns

Ravens cruise by Cleveland and their fire lake with a double digit win and crushing PK Predictions. Along the way they get a 250+ yard effort from Joe Flacco and Lorenzo Taliaferro actually runs the b...read more

View More