Torrey Smith didn't lose faith because teammates didn't

Rookie leaned on Flacco, Boldin for support

November 07, 2011|By Edward Lee

For a good portion of Sunday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Torrey Smith didn’t have much to be pleased with. The rookie wide receiver dropped four passes, including a potential 37-yard pass from quarterback Joe Flacco that hit him in the hands in the end zone on the Ravens’ final series of the game.

Four plays later, however, Flacco went back to Smith, and this time, he held onto the football for a 26-yard game-winning touchdown catch with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Smith, who finished with five catches for 71 yards, said he was annoyed by his drops.

“For me to drop those couple of balls and mess up [Flacco’s] rhythm, that was the most frustrating part for me, just letting him down,” Smith said. “Our teammates as well, but specifically him. For him to keep coming back to me, it meant a lot. And Anquan [Boldin] had my back. I’ll never forget on the sideline, I was down after I dropped the ball. Anquan said, ‘Are you with me?’ Just as simple as that. He wasn’t mad. He just said, ‘Are you with me?’ And that meant a lot.”

For his part, Flacco, whose 300 passing yards Sunday night was the most he had recorded in his career against Pittsburgh, said his trust in Smith didn’t waver.

“It’s not my job to get down on Torrey. It’s not his job either,” Flacco said. “I think he was probably feeling a little bad about it, but what are you going to do? If I don’t go to him, I really don’t have anywhere else to go. I have to go to Torrey. He better make the play. I have all the confidence in the world in these guys, especially him. He’s a playmaker. When we need to make a play downfield, he’s the best guy we have for that. We went to him, we went to him a couple times, and finally, it worked.”

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