When Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco found wide receiver Torrey Smith for a 60-yard sideline completion Sunday during a 19-3 win over the New York Jets, it marked the first time in weeks they had been able to connect for a deep pass.
Until the second-quarter catch behind cornerback Antonio Cromartie, Smith's longest receptions during the previous two weeks had gone for 13 and 18 yards against the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively.
"He wasn't necessarily my first guy, but I thought I'd give him a quick peek before I got into my actual progress because he was pressed," Flacco said. "I thought I could get a good look to see if Torrey beat him off the ball. I thought he beat him off the ball, so I just gave him a chance and Torrey made a nice catch on that one. It worked out well."
This marks the second-longest reception of the season for Smith, the former University of Maryland standout who leads the Ravens with 48 receptions for 859 yards and three touchdowns.
"[Cromartie] was giving me some vet moves, but I just kept fighting, stayed focused on the ball," Smith said. "Then, I saw it and I knew I had a chance to make a play."
Smith set a single-season personal best with his receiving yardage total, surpassing his mark of 855 yards on 49 receptions last season. The long catch Sunday was his sixth reception of 40 yards or more this season.
"I think it says a lot about Joe's arm strength," Smith said. "That was huge for our offense. It's not that we're depending on it, but it always helps to get chunks of yardage like that. When we get those kind of days going, it's usually good for our offense."