"It's always a little bit of everything," Smith said. "I think that even since I've been here it's not like they have been sending me on 'nine' routes every play. It's definitely built, as you can tell, timing-wise, and trying to get you the ball and let you work in space, which I love because I can get the ball quick. It's a lot of room, and I feel like I can trust my speed to create some big plays."
It was Smith's lone reception on two targets.
Contract talks between receiver
"I don't think about the contract at all," Smith told the Sun. "That stuff kind of takes care of itself. I'm not going out there on the field while I'm running a route like, 'Man, Ozzie saw that!' I'm here to win. I'm a Raven, always going to be a Raven. That's all I worry about."
The report says last season, Smith led all NFL players in the most targets and routes run on passes that travel over 20 yards in the air. He was targeted 34 times on such passes.
Of the 130 passes thrown Smith's way last year, 26 percent came on passes that went over 20 yards in the air. Where Smith has to become more of complete receiver is on the shorter passes. Last season, Smith had 39 catches on throws that traveled 10 yards or less in the air, which ranked 71st among all NFL players.
Marlon Brown, a undrafted rookie, had one more reception on those shorter passes than Smith in 2013.
Smith told Sports Illustrated that veteran wideout Steve Smith has been hammering home the importance of "coming back to the ball on a consistent basis."
Smith caught 65 balls for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns last year.
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens Nike Women's Team Color Game Jersey - Purple Shop Now!