Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith’s record-setting day that included six receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown during the Ravens’ 31-24 victory Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium was overshadowed by an unusual play.
The Ravens’ second-round draft pick out of the University of Maryland, was yanked down from behind by his dreadlocks in the second quarter as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones tackled Smith unconventionally, and legally.
With his 165 yard receiving game yesterday, Smith broke the Ravens’ franchise rookie record for receiving yards, which was previously held by Mark Clayton, who set the record back in 2005 with 471 receiving yards. Through 10 games Smith already has 590 yards and with his improved play, he could make a serious run at the 1,000 yard mark.
Although Smith has played very well at times this season, including a game-winning touchdown reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers and a three touchdown performance against the St. Louis Rams, he has been troubled by his inconsistent hands.
That wasn’t the case on Sunday though, as Smith was targeted seven times, catching six of those seven passes thrown his way.
Not only is Smith the Ravens best deep threat, but he is quickly starting to emerge as a serious underneath threat, which teams will have to respect sooner or later.