Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Torrey Smith plagued by dropped passes

OWINGS MILLS – Visibly frustrated at his locker after dropping two passes, Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith thinks he’s identified the problem.

It’s all in his head, believes the second-round draft pick from the University of Maryland.

“I had two of them I would like back,” Smith said. “I've been a playmaker forever. That hasn't changed. It's more trying to get in a groove and I've kind of been pressing. I've really been wanting to make a play. Everyone has been making plays around me, the whole receiving corps. I just got to be patient and let it come to me instead of pressing the issue.”

The worst drop was on a third-down route where he was all by himself.

“Obviously I can catch the ball,” Smith said. “I know I can catch the ball. It's just a concentration issue. I’ve been practicing, wanting to make a play, wanting to make an impact instead of letting it come to me. I was wide open on one of them. I've got to get back to the basics and starting feeling like myself.”

Smith caught just one pass for six yards during the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

For the entire preseason, he has managed to haul in just two passes for eight yards.
Quarterback Joe Flacco thinks that Smith is simply thinking too much rather than letting his natural abilities show.

“Torrey just has to go out there and play, use his abilities,” Flacco said. “Got to make a move, run by guys, use his hands, go out there and play confidently and use his ability and make moves. I think he has a tendency to overthink things. He always wants to do the right thing. He always comes up to me and tells me he wants to do the right thing.

“Sometimes when you go out there on Sundays, you just have to let it go and play. If you go out there and make mistakes, you make mistakes. You just have to go out there and play. He's just going to have to learn that. He has all the ability to go out there and let it come to him.”

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