Part six of our New to the Nest series continues with a key addition to the offense for second year QB Carson Wentz. It’s veteran WR Torrey Smith.
Bio/Contract: Smith started his career with Baltimore after being drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft. After spending four years with the team, he tested the free agent market and then spent the next two years in San Francisco on a struggling team. Smith signed a one-year deal on March 9th worth $5 million dollars which includes an option in the following two years for the same price.
Career: Torrey comes into a fresh situation after he was expected to be a number one wide receiver with the 49ers. He specializes as deep ball threat averaging 17 yards per catch in his career. Smith’s best years were during the 2012 Super Bowl winning season, and a career best season in 2013 that included 65 receptions, 11 TDs, and 1,100+ yards.
He has missed just 4 games in 6 seasons and brings some great attributes to Philly. A strong work ethic, leadership, and breakaway speed will strengthen the entire WR core. Just as important though is Torrey’s involvement with the community. Below are his career stats including his last season with the 49ers.
Projection: One thing we can count on this upcoming season is Torrey Smith to be available given his track record. Smith steps into a role where he is no longer expected to be the elite receiver on the team. Many believe his ability to stretch the defense vertically will help the rest of the receivers and open up the middle of the field. It seems logical to think
It seems logical to think Smith will bounce back from his worst season yet now that he has a legitimate quarterback to throw to him. The projection we have put together is similar to three of his four seasons in Baltimore. The stats may seem unrealistic compared to his previous two seasons but don’t be surprised if Smith has a breakout season and returns to form in this passing-heavy offense.
- Part seven of the series will continue with the rookie additions in a position of a needed upgrade, Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones.