Ravens receiver Torrey Smith expects more versatile role this season
Smith has primarily been successful on downfield routes in his three seasons with the team. As the Sun notes, he's the franchise's career leader with an average of 17.2 yards per reception, and holds the franchise record with 37 receptions of 25 yards or longer.
Last season, Smith had 13 catches of 25 yards or longer en route to leading the team with 1,128 receiving yards.
But new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's system calls for quarterback Joe Flacco to get rid of the ball quicker and for receivers to run shorter routes, meaning Smith could be catching more short and intermediate passes.
"It’s always a little bit of everything," Smith said of his role. "I think that even since I’ve been here it’s not like they have been sending me on ‘nine’ routes every play. It’s definitely built, as you can tell, timing-wise, and trying to get you the ball and let you work in space, which I love because I can get the ball quick."
Baltimore opens the regular season Sept. 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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