Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith seemed to struggle early in the 2014 season. Some blamed the transition to Gary Kubiak‘s offense. In his first five games, the speedy Smith recorded just 11 catches for 176 yards and one touchdown. Then all of the sudden, things finally began to click. Over the Ravens last five games, Smith has recorded 16 catches for 270 yards and five TDs.
Welcome back, Torrey. We missed you.
As Garrett Downing of the Ravens official website points out, Smith has had the best back-to-back games of the year:
Smith has now put together his best two-game stretch of the season, catching nine passes for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Titans and Steelers. He’s also getting more looks from Flacco, who has thrown Smith’s direction 15 times the last two weeks.
His six touchdowns leads the Ravens this season.
While Torrey was struggling early in the season, Joe Flacco turned to the veteran, Steve Smith to replace his production. In his first six games with the Ravens, Steve Smith recorded 35 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns. Over the last four: 14 catches, 155 yards and no TDs.
Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak tells the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson that he’s still confident in Steve:
"I don't think that they've been doing anything," offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said when asked if defenses are doing anything special to try to contain Smith. "We've got some pressure here lately, having to do some things from that standpoint. I think Steve was still targeted last week seven or eight times, but we've had some other guys making some plays, too.