When Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, many believed that it was a loss for the Baltimore Ravens and for Torrey Smith. The two players complimented each other really well over the course of the last two seasons, where Boldin would take care of the short routes and Smith will take the top off the defense.
They both have been critical reasons as to why the Ravens have suddenly been able to score on defenses such as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts, who have given the team fits in the past.
So how will Smith take on the role of being the Ravens’ top target at the wide receiver position?
He will elevate his game, he told the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson last month.
“I approach it all the same,” Smith said. “I’m a starter. My job is to make plays when the ball is thrown. It doesn’t really change just because Anquan is gone. There will be another receiver over there, another great one at that.”
But even if the receiver opposite him doesn’t step up, maybe a player like tight end Dennis Pitta can take pressure off Smith. Pitta will be playing in a contract year after getting a second round RFA ender from the Ravens in March. Many expect Pitta to do more of the “dirty work” that Boldin took care of.
Smith, like most Ravens fans, has a lot of faith in the front office.
“We have the best front office in football,” Smith told Wilson. I would say that even if they cut me today. You just have to trust and believe in our front office. They have a proven track record. It’s on us to step up.”
As defending Super Bowl champions, it absolutely is.