Examining two former Terp wide receivers

Did anybody else feel like playing the Scorpions song "Rock you like a hurricane" on loop for the last 24 hours?

No? Just me?

Hope everyone is safe and has their homes and cars in one piece following yesterday's mess. I lucked out and didn't have any wind or water damage or lose power for one second, so that was nice.

The Ravens took a number of precautions at their headquarters in Owings Mills yesterday, according to VP of operations Bob Eller, including purchasing additional flashlights, getting an extra generator for the field house for long-term outages, and opening the roof drains to avoid standing water.

No word yet on how the facility held up, but we'll find out tomorrow when the team resumes practice.

I've got notes on a couple former Maryland wide receivers this afternoon, starting with second-round pick Torrey Smith.

Torrey_Smith-tall-standing.jpgIt's no secret Smith has struggled in his first month as a Raven. He's dropped a number of passes, hasn't looked that sharp coming out of his breaks, and even admitted after Thursday's game against the Redskins that he's been pressing during this stretch.

Yesterday, asked about Smith's rough transition to the NFL, head coach John Harbaugh defended his rookie wide receiver, and said fans and the media should ease up on their criticism of Smith.

"He's making progress," Harbaugh said. "Everyone has their own path. Everyone has their own issues they have to deal with. For one guy, it's route-running. For another guy, it's whatever. And the catching the ball part of it... To me, if you keep dwelling on that, then he's not going to do it. He can catch the ball. He's catching the ball well in practice.

"He's going to be fine. Just lay off the kid and let him develop and become the player that he's going to be. It's going to happen. It's just a matter of time, and that's the variable. Whatever playing time he gets will be reflected in how far along he is. So, if he's ready to go in the opener... Or, there might be someone better than him in the opener. But, he's going to be a good player."

While Smith - a second-round selection out of Maryland - has struggled, an undrafted free agent receiver out of UMD has looked really sharp in his limited action this camp.

LaQuan Williams was mostly a special teams performer in college, but he's done it all with the Ravens this training camp. Williams has made four grabs for 84 yards through three preseason games (that's an average of 21 yards per catch, ranking second on the team behind Lee Evans' 21.3 yards per reception), has returned two kickoffs for 61 total yards, and took a punt back 38 yards in Thursday's game against Washington.

Williams appears to be knocking on the door of a spot on the 53-man roster, and his special teams experience certainly helps his cause, but while head coach John Harbaugh was complimentary of Williams' effort thus far, he said the rookie still has some work to do.

"I think he will (be able to contribute on special teams), but I also think he's not there yet," Harbaugh said. "The fact that we haven't been able to cover kicks in our preseason games is a problem, and it means that he's not there yet as a kickoff cover guy and he's not there yet as a gunner. So, he's got a lot of work to do in that area, too. So, he's a work in progress."

One month definitely does not a career make, but it's still interesting to see the contrast in the two Maryland receivers early on.

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