Ravens lose Pitta, gain Leach and Shiancoe
The Ravens will sport a different look in the receiving corps this year.
Veteran leader Anquan Boldin is gone, traded to Baltimore's Super Bowl opponents in San Francisco. Tight end Dennis PItta is done for the season after suffering a fractured and dislocated hip last weekend. Two of the team's top three pass catchers are gone -- but Torrey Smith remains.
The speedster from Maryland is developing into one of the NFL's most dangerous receivers. He had 49 catches in the regular season for 855 yards and nine touchdowns and then added 11 catches for 233 yards and two scores in postseason play en route to the team's Super Bowl. But this year's situation isn't bothering Smith at all.
"I never feel pressure at all; my job doesn't change," Smith said after Monday's practice. "I'm a receiver [for] the Baltimore Ravens and when Joe [Flacco] throws the ball, catch it. When Ray [Rice is] running, block. So my role doesn't necessarily change. It's tough to lose Anquan, obviously, he's a leader of our group and a great leader on our team, and Pitta as well."
Smith's already well known for his speed and ability to make big plays. He's given the Ravens' offense a real spark in his first two years, and the team might need even more of that in 2013.
"It's not like I have any personal goals, any numbers or anything," Smith said. "I expect more out of myself. People like to talk about the 1,000-yard mark. I feel like I should have done that already."
Smith also said he expects the receivers and offense to keep going even though the loss of PItta is going to be a painful and difficult one to deal with.
"That's why you have a team," Smith said. "Someone's down, the next one has to step up, and that's why we practice the way we do...so when the opportunity comes, guys will be ready."