Ravens coach John Harbaugh chats with his brother 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh before the teams played their preseason opener on Thursday. (Rob Carr, Getty Images /August 7, 2014)
Rookie Torrey Smith’s explosive debut in Sunday’s 37-7 demolition of the St. Louis Rams won’t do wonders only for the second-round pick out of Maryland. It could also be a huge benefit to his fellow wide receivers and the rest of the offense.
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.
On Monday, coach John Harbaugh seemed eager to see that trio on the field when Evans’ ankle is healthy enough to allow him to return.
“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.”
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