Smith was targeted just three times during the contest. Four other Ravens pass catchers received more targets than Smith. He did manage to draw a penalty on his first play, giving his team 23 yards on the play. He didn't actually catch his first pass until the third quarter. Smith hauled in a 10 yard reception with eight minutes left in the quarter.
Smith will look to rebound Week 3 against the Browns.
"I think most of what I said, what I said during training camp, was that in the past, a lot of those underneath things in the stop routes, on the sideline, things like that, they were the things that we probably struggled with a little bit," Flacco said, per The Baltimore Sun. "But so far this year, they have been incredible. What I believe, what I probably said or was referring to, is Torrey is a 1,000-yard receiver and he’s a 100-catch guy."
Flacco added in order for Smith to emerge with elite numbers, he believes it's going to take shorter routes to rise to that level.
"It’s going to be the 5-yard catches that he turns into 12-yard gains," Flacco said. "It’s going to be the 5-yard catches and [he] gets tackled. Those are the things that are going to take him from being however many catches he had last year to being a 100-reception guy. And I’m seeing all those things this year from him. He’s really developing that, and I feel great about it."
Smith tied for third on the team with seven targets, and he hauled in just three of them for 50 yards in the loss. He had a long catch of 25 yards, while finishing third on the team in yards.
Smith was the team's lone receiver for much of last season, but the Ravens have more help, as Sunday's game showed. The Ravens' next game is set for Thursday against the Steelers in Week 2.
Smith was mostly held in check in two games against the Bengals a year ago, as he finished with just eight receptions for 73 yards, with just one touchdown in his first game salvaging an otherwise wretched couple of games against the divisional foe. He wasn't alone in struggling against the Bengals a year, as opposing wide receivers averaged just 18.4 Fantasy points per game against them last season, the ninth-lowest total in the league.
Smith got off to a fast start a year ago, racking up 556 receiving yards in the first five games before slowing considerably. However, our Fantasy experts aren't in love with this matchup for Smith, as neither Dave Richard nor Jamey Eisenberg ranks Smith among the top-25 wide receivers for Week 1. Consider him more of a No. 3 receiver option for Sunday.
"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."
|3||9/21/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/14||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/24/14||@ NO||8:30 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
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