For the short term, Smith brings speed that fills the void created by the left ankle injury that has hobbled Lee Evans. In the long run, a three-receiver set of Anquan Boldin, Evans and Smith could force opposing defenses to take a second look at how they intend to game-plan for the Ravens’ passing attack.
“That’s the idea,” he said. “You’ve got two downfield-threat-type guys. I’d put the tight ends in the same category. A lot of guys can get downfield in different ways. Anquan gets downfield in different ways, too. But we’d have a chance to be pretty good.”