Harbaugh on Torrey Smith: “Just lay off the kid”

Harbaugh on Torrey Smith: “Just lay off the kid”

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Ravens rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire during the preseason.  Smith was drafted in the second round and signed a 4 year, $3.38 million deal and by default became the Ravens number two wide receiver behind Anquan Boldin after the team cut Derrick Mason.  The rookie out of Maryland didn’t respond real well to the pressure.

In Thursday’s preseason game against the Redskins, Smith caught just one ball for six yards and dropped two balls that hit his hands.  It was a game that continued to show that Smith might not be ready for pro ball this season.

Smith at least has the support of his head coach John Harbaugh, who told reporters to “lay off” him while he develops.  “He’s going to be fine,” Harbaugh said.  “Just lay off the kid and let him develop and become the player that he’s going to be.”

Smith acknowledged his disappointment following the game with the Baltimore Sun’s Ken Murray.  “I definitely was pressing,” he said.  “I’m not a receiver that’s known for drops.”  Thankfully for Smith, the Ravens brought in veteran wide receiver Lee Evans who has made an immediate impact and has gelled with quarterback Joe Flacco since day one.

Now just two weeks from the season opener, John Harbaugh still hasn’t given Smith his vote of confidence against Pittsburgh.  “Whatever playing time he gets will be reflected in how far along he is. So he might be ready to go in the opener.  Or there might be someone better than him in the opener.”