Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith left the team’s hotel due to the death of his younger brother Tevin Chris Jones (19), who died at 2:00 AM in a tragic motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers should be with the Smith family, as simple words cannot describe this tragedy.
Smith informed Ravens head coach John Harbaugh that he still wants to play tonight, and the Ravens are reportedly leaving that decision entirely up to their second-year wide receiver.
The 23-year-old wide receiver is one of the Ravens big-play threats, and he has shown it this season. Although he has been targeted infrequently so far this season and has only amassed four receptions, Smith has turned those four catches into 108 yards to average 27 yards per reception. He showed his dangerous speed and elusiveness last season as a rookie, and he will cause problems for the New England Patriots secondary if he plays tonight.
Harbaugh has said that he doesn’t know if Smith will play.
Players like Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory can get burned as they both struggle in deep coverage, which is something Torrey Smith thrives on. While he is not one of the Ravens top options in the passing game, he is an important downfield threat for the strong-armed Joe Flacco. If he plays, I’m expecting a three catches for 60; that’s the kind of impact each catch he makes has.
But more importantly, let’s keep the death of his younger brother in our minds and continue to give our condolences to Torrey Smith and the rest of his family. I can’t imagine what they are going through.
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