The Baltimore Ravens could not have advanced to the Super Bowl without the wide receiver Torrey Smith ripping off the top of defenses all year, including his abuse of one of the league’s still-excellent cornerbacks in Champ Bailey during the divisional round. However, he probably needs an astute position receiver like Anquan Boldin to continue doing this.
At first glance, the Baltimore doesn’t have a remotely equivalent card to play here of those currently on roster in Tandon Moss, Deonte Thompson, LeQuan Williams and Jacoby Jones. These receivers might perform well in their own right, but won’t approach the cagy possession force of Boldin to complement the primary deep threat Smith.
Yet, Smith’s confidence is such that he doesn’t want general manager Ozzie Newsome to feel the necessity to go out and get that vet for quarterback Joe Flacco and Co. With how rough free agency has been on a lot of quality veteran players floating in limbo, it probably would not require an exorbitant price tag to fill that void effectively for the defending Super Bowl champs.
“I think that obviously our goal is to try to make sure that Ozzie doesn’t have to go out there and get another vet and I think we take that as kind of a challenge for us,” said Smith, via The Baltimore Sun. “We know this offense. We’re looking forward to the challenge. We’re all getting better every day. None of that matters if we don’t do it between the lines, but I think we’re heading on the right path. (Wide receivers coach Jim Hostler) is doing a great job with us.”