|Ravens not optimistic they can keep Torrey Smith -- Tue Feb 24 6:00 pm --|
Deep threat likely to move on in free agency
|The Ravens expressed pessimism about retaining their best deep threat (Torrey Smith) two weeks before the start of free agency. It almost sounded as if the Ravens have conceded Smith will sign elsewhere. "The difference between what we can pay Torrey and what he gets on the open market ... Mike Wallace got $10 million [actually, $11 million signing bonus from the Miami Dolphins] and I don't think anybody thinks that was a good deal," Bisciotti said Tuesday at the "State of the Ravens'" press conference. "There's always a team that has lots of money that wants to bring in playmakers. Those guys are going to get those deals. I think we're going to have to take it on the chin and move on." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: It's a telling quote from Ravens' owner Steve Bisciotti. The Ravens are up against the cap and likely can't match what Smith will get on the open market. You might be surprised to know that Smith is coming off a career high in fantasy points scored (standard scoring leagues) even though he only registered 49 catches and 767 yards. He saved his season by scoring 11 TDs.
|Justin Forsett poised for bounceback game -- Tue Dec 16 10:18 am --|
Ravens RB says disappointing Week 15 due to Jags stacking box
|Ravens running back Justin Forsett encountered some tough sledding Sunday against his old team.
During a 20-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium, Forsett had trouble finding room to run. He didn't gain much traction, rushing for only 48 yards on 16 carries. It marked Forsett's lowest rushing total since a Nov. 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he was held to a season-low 38 yards on nine carries.
The Jaguars regularly deployed eight and nine defenders to crowd the line of scrimmage and prevent Forsett from breaking free downfield.
Ranked third in the NFL with 1,128 rushing yards for the season, Forsett averaged just three yards per carry Sunday with a long run of six yards.
“Their mindset coming in was to stop the run,” said Forsett, who was cut by the Jaguars last spring after one injury-plagued season in Jacksonville in which he rushed for 31 yards on six carries. “They were a physical bunch. They’ve got a great front seven and they did a good job. The box and safeties were down, but it was a good challenge for us. (Baltimore Sun)|
FF Today's Take: With WR Torrey Smith banged up and Steve Smith, Sr. pretty quiet the past few weeks, this was a strategy that made sense for Jacksonville. He'll likely resume his normal workload and have better results facing the reeling Texans in Week 16.
| DeSean Jackson, Torrey Smith both active -- Sun Dec 14 11:40 am --|
Questionable wide receivers will play
|Ravens WR Torrey Smith officially active. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Both Smith (knee) and DeSean Jackson (leg) were considered very questionable leading up to Sunday. Smith looked shaky during practice this week and will be a risky play in Week 15. Jackson should be a little closer to 100%.
| Torrey Smith running at half-speed Friday -- Fri Dec 12 1:10 pm --|
|avens wide receiver Torrey Smith returned to practice Friday, but didn't look like he was anywhere close to his usual form..
Smith was characterized as a game-time decision by coach John Harbaugh.
Smith was favoring his sprained right knee, wearing a brace and looking gimpy and uncomfortable running pass patterns at half-speed.
FF Today's Take: This doesn't sound promising. Smith was active last week but only played 15 snaps and wasn't targeted. Unless something drastic occurs, expect Smith to be Inactive and Steve Smith to get plenty of looks on Sunday.
| Forsett, Torrey Smith miss Thursday practice -- Thu Dec 4 7:45 pm --|
|The Ravens were again without two key skill-position players on Thursday, as RB Justin Forsett and WR Torrey Smith sat out the club’s second workout of the week with knee injuries. The Ravens’ leading rusher, Forsett previously indicated he believes he will play. And on Thursday, Smith said his knee was healing, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: The Ravens’ final major practice of the week is Friday, with the injury report also to be released tomorrow. By then, there could be more clarity on the statuses of both players for Sunday’s game at Miami. For now, it obviously looks good for both players, although the age-old advice of owners needing to be prepared for alternate options obviously applies.