In his first year as the Ravens’ No. 1 wideout, Torrey Smith is closing in on a record his predecessor didn’t challenge.
Smith has 54 catches for 952 yards and four touchdowns through 12 games. Anquan Boldin never had more than 921 receiving yards in his three seasons with the Ravens, and averaged 881.7 per year during his time in Baltimore.
With four games to go, Smith has a legitimate chance to break the Ravens’ single-season record for receiving yards, set by Michael Jackson at 1,201 in 1996. Averaging 79.3 yards per game, Smith is on pace for 1,269 this season.
Is it important to Smith to put his name atop that list?
“I guess. I should have already had it, so I’m not satisfied,” Smith said. “I’ve got to play better. Just like last game, there are three plays still in my mind that I should have made. That’s what I really focus on - being the best player that I can be for our team. If it comes with putting up numbers and our franchise’s records, that’s cool. But at the end of the day, it’s all about winning.”
Boldin and Smith are different types of No. 1 receivers. While Boldin is capable of being a deep threat, he is more of an elite possession receiver than Smith. Smith is more of a big-play vertical option.
Smith, in his third year since being selected in the second round of the 2011 draft, has heated back up after a cold stretch in the middle of the year. He made 27 receptions for 556 yards over the Ravens’ first five games, but had just 19 catches for 229 yards over the following five games.
Smith is on the way back up with two strong performances in a row, making eight grabs for 167 yards in back-to-back Baltimore wins as he begins his final run at the Ravens’ record.
The 24-year-old said he is aware of where he stands in the team’s record books.
“You all make me aware of things. Like I said, I should have had that already, but I’m not really satisfied with it,” Smith said. “Would it be cool? Yes, but the playoffs are way bigger than that. I’m just focused on that, really. If it comes with it, fine, but if not, I’m just going to do whatever I can to help us win.”