Torrey Smith says he's not frustrated by early lack of touches in Ravens' offense

Ravens wide receiver has four catches in two games

  • An official prepares to throw a penalty flag for pass interference as the Pittsburgh Steelers' Cortez Allen tangles with the Ravens' Torrey Smith during the first quarter.
An official prepares to throw a penalty flag for pass interference… (Karl Merton Ferron / MCT )
September 18, 2014|By Aaron Wilson | The Baltimore Sun

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has spent the majority of the first two games running fly patterns and operating as something of a glorified decoy.

The former Maryland star has been targeted 10 times and has just four receptions for 60 yards and no touchdowns. He drew one defensive pass interference penalty against the Pittsburgh Steelers on cornerback Cortez Allen that led to an Owen Daniels touchdown.

Smith said he's not concerned about his workload and expects to get his touches as the season goes on.

"I'm playing my part, and I know the ball is going to come more than it has been," said Smith, who caught a career-high 65 passes for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns last season. "So, I'm not frustrated at all."

Meanwhile, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Dennis Pitta lead the Ravens with 13 receptions apiece. Smith has a team-high 189 receiving yards and has been targeted 25 times.

"We put the game plan in to get everybody involved and get everybody the ball," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "You get your playmakers the ball in their hands so they can make some plays. Come Sunday, it's about calling the plays and going out there and just running it, hitting the open guy, going through my reads and seeing where the ball is supposed to go.

"I don't really worry too much about who the ball is going to on Sunday. If our game plan works out well and we play a good game on offense, then there's going to be pretty good distribution and you're going to see a lot of guys getting into the game."

Pitta has 113 yards and has been targeted 18 times. Tight end Owen Daniels has nine catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets.

"Torrey is a great receiver, so he's going to get his touches," Flacco said. "It's not going to be a week-to-week thing where he's not touching the ball a lot."

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