Jets Show Respect, Put Revis On Torrey

Torrey Smith recorded just one catch for one yard, but he still had an impact.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Ryan Mink, Week 4 vs Jets

Rex Ryan bet Torrey Smith wouldn’t have a repeat of his three-touchdown breakout performance in St. Louis.

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie didn’t seem worried either, saying Smith “had one big game, that’s it.”

While the rookie wide receiver only recorded one catch for one yard Sunday versus the Jets, his impact was much greater, however.

Ryan was clearly more concerned with Smith and his game-breaking speed than he let on. The Jets’ head coach assigned Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis to matchup with Smith at the start of the game.

Smith didn’t think anything of it.

“He’s a football player, that’s all,” Smith said. “I wasn’t worried about it too much. It’s just football. He puts on his pants one leg at a time just like me.”

The Ravens weren’t deterred by the matchup either. Quarterback Joe Flacco attempted to go to Smith deep when he was in one-on-one coverage with Revis on Baltimore’s first drive.

The young speedster had a step on Revis, but the pass was a bit overthrown and Smith couldn’t run under it in time. Had it been shorter, Smith could have been off to the races to kick off a game once again.

Baltimore tried to take another deep shot to Smith on their third drive, but this time the pass was slightly underthrown and Smith had to come back for it. The pass was broken up by Jets safety Eric Smith.

The second-round draft pick nearly had a touchdown reception as well, but the throw was behind him and may have been lightly tipped. It bounced off Smith’s hand as he reached back and fell incomplete.

Smith said he and quarterback Joe Flacco are still working on their timing, but there is of course going to be some incompletions on the challenging deep plays.

“Not every ball is going to be perfect,” Smith said. “Sometimes I have to make up for him and sometimes he has to make up for me when I’m not perfect. It happens. It’s football. We’ll hit on that more times than not.”

Smith also made a nice play on running back Ray Rice’s 52-yard catch and run. Smith blocked his man and stuck with it to help free Rice along the sideline.

The Ravens also continue to get solid production from fellow Maryland rookie LaQuan Williams. Williams caught a tough 11-yard pass over the middle and hung on despite tight coverage from safety Jim Leonhard to convert a third-and-3 into a first down.

“I’m just taking advantage of everything that comes my way,” said Williams, who knew the pass was coming to him after reading the pre-snap coverage. “I’ve just got to keep working and be ready.”

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