Smith accelerated up the right sideline past Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terrence Mitchell and used a crisp double-move to race to the corner of the end zone. Flacco hit the former Maryland standout in stride for a 19-yard touchdown pass during the second quarter of a 37-30 preseason victory.
"It was man-to-man, had a little double move, and Joe threw a perfect ball," Smith said. "I had an easy job.”
It was the kind of connection Flacco and Smith hope to make on a regular basis this season.
After catching 65 passes for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns last season, Smith anticipates a versatile role that incorporates his ability to run deep routes as well as short-to-intermediate patterns.
Smith is the Ravens' career leader with an average of 17.2-yards per reception and the all-time franchise leader with 37 receptions of 25 yards or longer.
“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.”
So far, the timing between Flacco and Smith as well as the other wide receivers appears to be improving.
“It’s good," Flacco said. "It’s all about running the route the way the offense is built to and me taking my drop and getting the ball out. Everybody really should look the same. That’s kind of what we’re working towards.”