Torrey Smith and Jimmy Smith did not make the Pro Bowl. The Ravens hope that will change next season.
The Ravens will have three players in Sunday night’s Pro Bowl – Terrell Suggs, Justin Tucker, and Marshal Yanda - and another Pro Bowler who is not playing, Haloti Ngata. But as the Ravens look for ways to improve, they are counting on several of their young players to continue their upward trend.
Torrey Smith and Jimmy Smith are at the top of that list. Torrey Smith had his first 1,000-yard season in 2013, and was the Ravens’ most consistent receiver. The next step for Smith is to become more effective in the red zone, and to connect successfully with Joe Flacco on more deep-ball completions. Flacco and Smith missed hitting on several deep balls last season when Smith was open. Either Flacco’s throw was inaccurate, or Smith failed to haul in the pass despite getting his hands on it.
Jimmy Smith was the Ravens’ best cornerback last season, including a superb Monday night performance against Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson. The Ravens thought Smith had the potential to be one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks when they drafted him in the first round (No. 27 overall) in 2011. Now Smith looks destined to realize that potential.
With so many good players at their respective positions, it will never be easy for Torrey Smith or Jimmy Smith to make the Pro Bowl. But for both of them, it has become a realistic goal.