Torrey, Tandon Should Play ‘Very Early’

Ozzie Newsome believes his two rookie wideouts compliment each other well.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at 9:00 am | Categories: Mike Duffy

When Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome spent two draft picks last weekend on two wideouts, he was liking the way Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss’ skill sets complement each other.

As such, He believes the young receivers will contribute from Day 1.

“I really do,” Newsome said last week in a conference call with season-ticket holders.  “I think their strengths are going to allow them to get to the field very, very early.”

If Newsome’s predictions are correct, the Ravens could have selected their two wideouts of the future.

Smith, Baltimore’s second-round pick, is known for his speed and ability to stretch the field.

The 6-foot-1, 204-pound University of Maryland product was a hot commodity after logging 67 catches for 1,055 yards and 12 touchdowns last year.  And then, he ran a sub-4.4-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Conversely, the fourth-round Doss has a reputation for patrolling the middle of the field with reliable hands.  Doss, from Indiana University, likely won’t burn past many, but he is a standout chain-mover who led the Big 10 in all-purpose yards last season (175.8 per game).

Newsome compared Doss to current Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin.

“They complement each other,” explained Newsome.  “Torrey has very good speed. He was clocked in under 4.4, in the 4.3′s, at the Combine, so he has a vertical presence.  But Tandon, he has an inside presence. He’s a very smart kid; he played five positions, because he lined up in the Wildcat at quarterback for the University of Indiana.  The thing that he provides is another guy like Anquan that is very good inside the hashes, very good down in the red area, coming away with the ability to make the catch.

“The two strengths that they both bring to the table are things that we need on offense.”

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