T. Smith: ‘I Am Not Derrick’

Torrey Smith pledges to be ready if Ravens ask him to step up in place of Derrick Mason.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Torrey Smith was “shocked” when he found out the Ravens are going to release veteran wideout Derrick Mason.
 
Smith had begun learning Baltimore’s offense from Mason and was eager to continue learning from the 14-year veteran.
 
There’s a chance Mason could return to Baltimore, but if he doesn’t, Smith could replace him or at least step into a pivotal role.
 
Is the rookie ready, despite being locked out of the Ravens’ training facility since April?
 
“Obviously, I am not Derrick. I am not a veteran. I am not the leading receiver in Ravens history,” Smith said. “So it is a start, but I just have to work hard.
 
“I feel like I best be ready if they need me to play that role. I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. Obviously, if they put me in that position, they put me there for a reason.”
 
Smith arrived at Ravens headquarters Tuesday, but wasn’t permitted to do any conditioning since he hadn’t yet signed his contract. He got his physical and spent most of his day showing rookie quarterback Tyrod Taylor around the complex.
 
After meeting with the media in the late afternoon, Smith went straight into a meeting with Ravens Wide Receivers Coach Jim Hostler. The second-round pick received a playbook long ago from fellow wide receiver Anquan Boldin, but it’s different learning from a coach.
 
Training camp opens on Wednesday and most of the rookies arrived Tuesday afternoon, which makes for a difficult turnaround. Smith only had a 40-minute drive to Owings Mills, but cornerback Jimmy Smith flew all the way from California to arrive in time.
 
Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged it will be a challenge for the rookies to catch up, particularly in the crammed post-lockout schedule.
 
“You know, I think the most important thing is to learn their way around the playbook and learn their way around the scheme stuff, and also just the physical aspect of it,” Harbaugh said.
 
“Getting out here and moving around, it’s going to be so much faster for them than they’re used to, and getting acclimated to that without the OTAs is going to be a big challenge.”
 

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