Torrey Smith: Grief-Stricken Receiver on the Way to Pro Bowl Season

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 25, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter against Kyle Arrington #24 of the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is three games into what will prove to be a Pro Bowl season. 

He is also coming off a game he, and anyone who watched, will likely never forget. 

Less then 24 hours after losing his little brother, Tevin, in a motorcycle accident, Smith went out and put up six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

It was a spectacular performance that was hard to watch with a dry eye as thoughts of the tragedy he was dealing with were unavoidable. It also made clear the immense talent of the speedy wide receiver and the fact that Smith is headed towards a big season. 

While his performance in Sunday night's game was his best of the year, those numbers weren't just the product of a player and a team coming together in a unique circumstance. 

The second-year receiver is featured weapon of this Ravens offense. He now has 10 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns. With 18 targets, Smith has been thrown to twice as many times as the next closest wide receiver, and, in this increasingly powerful offense, that is going to reap huge rewards. 

All of this is simply the continuation of a fine rookie season. Last year, Smith had 50 catches for 841 yards and seven touchdowns. He entered this season more experienced, improved and ready to build on those numbers. 

Smith has the speed to get deep, and the athleticism and hands to come down with the ball when does. He is a big play waiting to happen, and Joe Flacco appears eager to ensure those big plays happen. 

Smith isn't going to put up eye-popping reception numbers, but he is on track for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

I fully expect, if he stays healthy, for his final numbers to be near those projections, and those are definitely the numbers of a Pro Bowl receiver.