One the NFL’s most-penalized defenders, New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner, could cross paths Saturday with the league’s most prolific receiver in terms of drawing pass interference penalties, Torrey Smith.
Smith led the NFL with 11 defensive pass interference penalties drawn for 229 yards during the regular season, according to Football Outsiders, and added a 12th for 29 yards against the Steelers in the wild-card game. The next closest receiver, Green Bay Packers star Jordy Nelson, drew six flags for 129 yards.
“It’s definitely frustrating, but again, it’s part of the game,” Smith said this week. “I don’t want to be known for a guy that’s just getting held all the time, but it just happens. If I knew why it kept happening … I guess most times it’s because I’m moving pretty good, and it kind of surprises them a little bit, so they grab you.”
Browner, a physical corner signed from the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason, has played just nine games for the Patriots. He was called for five defensive pass interference penalties this season, and 15 penalties overall.
Unfortunately, pass interference penalties don't count in fantasy football.
Browner is one of the biggest and most physical corners in the NFL at 6-feet-4, 221 pounds. His style is based on roughing up wide receivers.
And Torrey Smith expects to see plenty of Browner during an AFC divisional round playoff game at Gillette Stadium instead of Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis is expected to line up against Steve L Smith most of the time.
Revis has been significantly better in coverage than Browner this season, so this is good news for those owners hoping to use him this week. He has been the #13 WR since Week 6, and has scored 11 touchdowns in his last 12 games.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. The probable tag means in all likelihood he’s going to play, but according to beat writer Aaron Wilson, Smith looked “extremely gimpy and uncomfortable.” If Smith is out, Steve L Smith would get a bump, while Kamar Aiken would have some appeal as a desperation start.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Ravens WR Steve L Smith (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Smith is in for a big workload if Torrey Smith (knee) can’t play. He posted a 7-70-1 line in a bad matchup against Miami last week.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Consider Smith questionable for Week 15 after his knee swelled up in warmups before Baltimore’s game against the Miami last week. If Smith is out, Steve L Smith would get a bump, while Kamar Aiken would have some appeal as a desperation start.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Smith questionable for Week 15 after his knee swelled up in warmups before Baltimore’s game against the Miami last week. If Smith is out, Steve L Smith would get a bump, while Kamar Aiken would have some appeal as a desperation start.
Smith underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam to determine the severity of his knee injury.
Smith's knee swelled up following warmups Sunday in Miami.
The good news is there is no ligament tears, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday. Smith's status is undetermined for Sunday's game against the 2-11 Jacksonville Jaguars, but rest and rehabilitation should help, the story added.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14. The probable tag means that Smith is good to go for the Dolphins.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is “day to day” after landing on his right knee while trying to catch a pass in the end zone late in Sunday's game.
Although Smith grabbed his right knee and didn't return for the Ravens' final series of a 34-33 loss to the San Diego Chargers, coach John Harbaugh downplayed the severity of the injury Monday and predicted that the former Maryland standout will be preparing for next Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. Smith declined to comment on the injury after the game, but he was limping.
“Torrey really didn't have anything too serious,” Harbaugh said Monday. “I don't even know how to describe it right now. He'll just be getting ready for Miami. I guess I'd call him day to day.”
Smith caught six passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers. He has seven touchdowns in the past seven games. It looks like good news for owners that he could be ready to go in Week 14. The Ravens will likely need Smith with Marlon Brown going through concussion protocol. Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro has missed the past four games with a pulled hamstring, but is expected to be available to play against the Dolphins.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 8:28am
"That's something that coach [John Harbaugh] and I will have to address," Smith said. "I don't know when I'm supposed to be going and and when I am not supposed to be going. I'll let Coach handle it."
Harbaugh declined to update Smith's injury, the story went on to say. It also added that this is a tough injury because not only has Smith become their top receiver, but Marlon Brown suffered a concussion in the first half. Steve L. Smith would be line to be the WR1 if Torrey Smith is out for Week 14. Michael Campanaro, who is expected back in Week 14, Kamar Aiken, Jacoby Jones and Jeremy Butler are next up on the depth chart.
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:48pm
The Steve Smith redemption song has skipped in recent weeks.
The veteran wide receiver began the second chapter of his distinguished NFL career in wildly successful fashion, emerging immediately as Joe Flacco's favorite target with the Ravens. Smith was putting up All-Pro numbers, and making the Panthers look foolish while he was at it.
It was a win-win situation for the outspoken star.
Smith's impact has lessened in recent weeks, however. Smith had just three receptions for 17 yards against the Titans on Sunday. He's been held under 40 yards receiving in each of the last three weeks. This comes after an open to the season in which Smith eclipsed 100 yards receiving in four of Baltimore's first six games.
"It's getting spread around a little bit, but I think that's the nature of the game," Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said, according to CSNBaltimore.com. "I think Torrey (Smith) is playing as well as he's played all year the last few weeks. ... I have to always find ways to get guys the ball."
Torrey Smith was supposed to be the Ravens' No. 1 option when the season opened, the story said. Perhaps this is simply a case of the offense clicking into place. He has five touchdowns over the past five weeks. We figured Smith wasn't going to be left out of the offense forever. He's always been a boom or bust type of fantasy play but Smith certainly has big-play potential.
After a statistically down first half of the season, Torrey Smith had one of his better games in Pittsburgh Sunday night and feels he’s taking a better mental approach to the game.
Smith hauled in a 35-yard touchdown from quarterback Joe Flacco early in the first quarter and finished with four catches for 63 yards. It was one of his best games of the year.
“It is a mental thing the way I approach the game, the way I was attentive on the field,” he said. “I was definitely locked in on that. It is a brand new half of the season for me personally and I’m looking forward to making the plays that we need to get it done. And I have to do a lot more.”
Smith has four touchdowns in his last four games. He’s caught 11 passes for 195 yards during that span, which included being shut out in Cincinnati.
Through the first five weeks of the season, Smith was the #62 WR in fantasy football. Over the past four games, he is the #15 WR, gaining 195 yards and catching four touchdowns. That even includes a goose egg against a tough Cincinnati secondary.
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