By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
4:35 PM EDT, September 23, 2013
Since trading wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers this offseason following a contract dispute, Torrey Smith has emerged as the Ravens' top wide receiver.
So far, Smith is off to a fast start in his expanded role.
With 16 receptions for 269 yards, he is averaging 16.8 yards per reception. Through three games, he's averaging 5.3 catches and 89.6 yards per game. That puts him on pace to finish the season with 85 receptions for 1,434 yards.
Smith caught five passes for 92 yards in a 30-9 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. The performance came one year after Smith's younger brother died in a motorcycle accident in Virginia.
"Who can say enough about Torrey Smith," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "A year ago this week was something we all lived through. That was on all of our minds as well. For Torrey to dedicate that to his brother and his family, to play the way he did, was very special."
Smith averaged 18.4 yards per catch Sunday, including a game-high and season-long 48-yard reception. That catch down the left sideline in the third quarter set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Bernard Pierce.
"I should have stayed inbounds and scored," Smith said. "That's just playing football."
Smith also had a 23-yard reception nullified when officials ruled that he didn't control the football before heading out of bounds.
"I think I caught the ball, but then I lost it," Smith said. "And they said when I regained it, my foot was out of bounds. The guy made a great play. I was going to tuck it, and he knocked my arm off, which made the ball come loose. I just have to make that play."