Even though he has four touchdowns in his last four games, I'm still reluctant to say
Smith was targeted on a couple other deep throws but couldn't haul them in, with one of them even resulting in an interception. It's like Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who's in his first year with the team, doesn't know how else to use a player who had been the team's top wide receiver before he came along. Unfortunately, deep balls aren't exactly high-percentage plays.
Or high-volume plays. For the second straight game, Smith got only five targets after getting only three in two of the Ravens' other four games. He'll get the call on the occasional short route, but so many more of those go to Steve Smith, who's also capable of stretching the field.
Let's see a little more from Torrey Smith in terms of targets and actual catches before activating him in Fantasy.
Smith was having a pretty quiet day until he connected with quarterback Joe Flacco for a 39-yard touchdown with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter on a fourth-and-9 play. Smith was targeted five times.
The Ravens are back in action Week 8 at Cincinnati.
Except that he scored touchdowns on two of them, connecting on strikes of 15 and 9 yards, both in the first quarter.
So ... is he back to being usable in Fantasy? That's the question, isn't it? The Ravens seemed to make an effort to get him involved, and it paid off. It paid off so well, in fact, that they had a 28-0 lead after one quarter of play and didn't have much need for Smith anymore, targeting him just once over the final three quarters. As bad as he was the first five weeks, he didn't even set a season high with 51 yards in this one.
Though the Ravens didn't throw as much over the final three quarters as they did in the first, they did still throw 16 times. And only one of those went to Smith? I don't know what to make of that.
Smith got plenty of media attention leading up to the game, from coach John Harbaugh saying the Ravens need to get him more involved to ESPN saying he's not a good fit for new coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense. Certainly, he needs to be owned with this performance, but I want to see more before starting him in Fantasy.
Smith wasted no time getting to work, scoring on a 15 yard strike on the team's first drive. Things didn't end there, as Smith added a 9 yard score on the following drive. Smith's first two catches went for touchdowns. He would finished with four receptions for 51 yards and two scores.
Smith will take on the Falcons Week 7.
Smith is considered a home-run hitter. But he does not agree with those who claim he is miscast in the current Baltimore offensive approach despite statistics that tell his targets have been cut nearly in half.
"It's the same as any other offense I've ever been in and it's literally the same exact offense I ran in college," he said. "That's not the case at all."
He added that he remains confident and does not believe his worst start to any NFL season is the result of being in a contract year. But he had 49 passes thrown in his direction after five games last season and just 26 in 2014. The percentage of passes thrown 10 yards or less by quarterback Joe Flacco has risen from 54 to 75 over the past year.
Smith has three receptions or under in all five games. He has 11 catches for 176 yards and just one score this season.
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