Flacco says chemistry with Evans is still there

Wide receiver's extended layoff shouldn't impact relationship, according to quarterback

November 23, 2011|By Edward Lee

In the eight consecutive starts that Torrey Smith has made, it’s clear that his speed has helped the rookie wide receiver connect with quarterback Joe Flacco.

After all, Smith ranks second to the Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green in receiving yards by a rookie, and Smith leads the Ravens in receiving touchdowns with five.

But could Flacco’s chemistry with Smith impact his relationship with Lee Evans, Smith’s predecessor who returned on Sunday after a seven-game absence because of a left ankle injury?

Flacco doesn’t think so.

“At least we got a little bit of work in when he first got here,” Flacco said during his weekly briefing Tuesday. “If you throw a guy in there – especially a guy like Lee – he has fresh legs, he can run as it is. It’s really just about having confidence and doing the right thing. As long as he does the right thing, he should be in the right position and there should be no reason why we can’t connect.”

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