The Ravens have questions about their No. 2 receiver, but their No. 1 receiver is clear.
Torrey Smith is enjoying an excellent training camp, making attention-getting catches almost every day on a variety of routes. Coach John Harbaugh has noticed. No need to worry about Smith embracing the challenge of being Joe Flacco’s go-to wide receiver.
“Torrey will be the same player he was last year, only better,” Harbaugh said following Monday’s practice. “I think he’s gotten better. He’s having an excellent camp. Torrey’s an explosive, big-time receiver. They’re going to have to deal with him.”
What about the rest of the picture at wide receiver? It needs clarity. None of the receivers opposite Smith have separated themselves from the pack. It’s still early. All four preseason games have yet to be played, starting with Thursday night’s opener in Tampa. However, how the Ravens cope without Anquan Boldin after his trade to the 49ers remains to be seen. Jacoby Jones is the incumbent No. 2 receiver, but the preseason games will be big for Jones, Deonte Thompson, Tandon Doss, Aaron Mellette, and others looking to make a splash. At least one of them needs to prove he can be a consistent player opposite Smith.
Asked about the prospect of teams doubling Smith heavily this season, Harbaugh said, “If they do that, they’ll have to deal with the guy on the other side. Last year it was Anquan. This year it’s going to be Jacoby, on Deonte, or Tandon, or whoever it is. Different than Anquan, but still talented guys."
But are any of them ready for the Ravens to depend on this season? That’s what the preseason will help determine.