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

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.”

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.


  1. carl

    August 29, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Has there ever been a WR out of Maryland that has panned out? I don’t think so.

  2. Ravens2488

    August 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Everyone stop talking about Torrey Smith cause the “Great Harbaugh” has spoken. Does Harbaugh ever open his mouth without complaining or telling people to stop talking about himself? If you question this clown he gets all pissed off. The guy cannot take criticism. I would fathom a guess that Harbaugh is not liked ny many in the Ravens scheme of things except for Bisciotti.

    The San Fran blogs are already starting on Harbaughs brother Jim. Must run in the family.

    Don’t know much about Jim but hopefully he’s not a whiny punk like his brother John.

  3. spy

    August 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Second round pick , that is a bad sign for Torrey , Ozzie hasn’t made a quality second round pick in eight years except for Rice,,,,,,,not a very good record, not a very good GM……..

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