Torrey Smith's three touchdown catches in the first quarter wasn't the only record the Ravens' rookie receiver set Sunday in St. Louis. When he got to the locker room and pulled out his cell phone, he had a record number of text messages – so many, in fact, he said the phone froze.
"It was a record number," Smith said before Wednesday's practice. "I had a few hundred text messages. [On] my Twitter page, my app had a bunch of zeroes [indicating it had crashed] and everything was kind of jammed up."
Smith, 22, torched the Rams for five catches, 152 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-7 rout to silence a growing number of skeptics after he failed to make a catch in his first two NFL games.
"I'm glad it's over with," Smith. "That buzz is kind of over with. I still have to focus on the next game."
Smith got his first NFL start when the Ravens sat veteran Lee Evans because of an ongoing ankle injury. After each of Smith's touchdowns, Evans could be seen on the sideline congratulating the young receiver.
"I was happy for Torrey," Evans said. "He's put in a lot of hard work. He's been practicing hard and putting in the work, so he deserved it."
It seems likely that Smith will get another start Sunday in M&T Bank Stadium against the New York Jets. The Ravens have a bye in Week 5, which means that if Evans sits out the Jets game, he should be close to 100 percent for their Oct. 16 game against Houston.
"Hopefully," he said. "That's what we haven't done. But it would certainly make me feel a lot better than I have. Obviously, with one week off, I feel a lot better."