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Tandon Doss and Torrey Smith are very close friends.
So when Doss watched Smith have a breakout rookie season, Doss was happy for him.
But he couldn’t help but feel a bit envious.
“You feel good for him. At the same time you wish you were out there doing the same thing,” Doss said the day after Baltimore’s season-ending loss. “That’s the only thing about it. Hopefully I can be on the same page with him next year.”
Smith set a Ravens rookie franchise record with seven touchdowns and 841 yards on 50 receptions.
Meanwhile, Doss was active for just six games and did not have a reception. Doss was targeted by two passes, once in St. Louis and again versus Cleveland.
Doss was playing behind wide receiver Anquan Boldin, naturally explaining why he didn’t see much time. He was active for both games Boldin missed in the final two weeks of the season.
Doss explained that his lack of activity was also due to the abundance of special teams players on the team. For example, fellow rookie wide receiver LaQuan Williams was a frequent special-teams contributor who logged a forced fumble in the AFC championship.
“We had a great receiving corps,” Doss said. “Whenever you have that combination, and being a rookie – especially being a fourth-round pick with a second-round pick at your position – it’s tough. Things didn’t work out as planned, but the only thing I can do is get better.”
Doss said coaches told him all season “just keep doing what I’m doing.” He flashed excellent hands and route-running in training camp.
The Indiana product, who Flacco specifically said he liked in last year’s draft, said it was an amazing experience being able to learn from Boldin and fellow veteran Lee Evans. Now he’ll try to carry that over in his first NFL offseason.
“They showed me the right way to do things,” Doss said.
“I’ve got some more specifics that I have to get down, whether it’s technique-wise or learning the offense more and learning each position. Whatever it takes, I’m going to do it and hopefully I can make my impact felt.”