Last season Torrey Smith missed a lot of practice time due to the NFL lockout. During the preseason and early in the regular season he seemed to lack confidence and had several drops. In short, Smith was raw. That now seems like ancient history.
Smith ended the season with impressive numbers and he looks like he may easily surpass them based on his play in camp and in the preseason.
Last season Smith's speed was used to open up the field and take pressure off of Anquan Boldin and back defenders off of the run game.
The University of Maryland product appears more seasoned. His route-running has improved and during the Jaguars game, he made catch after catch after catch. Smith's speed makes defenders back off, so when he runs crisp routes underneath, he is that much more dangerous.
Smith finished the night with eight catches and 103 yards. With more experience and improved confidence, hands and route running, Smith could end up being Flacco's favorite receiver this year and for years to come. Look for big numbers from this young receiver.