The Ravens needed a speedy receiver to stretch the field. In starters Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason, they have veteran wideouts who make all the catches but won't run past cornerbacks. Last season, the Ravens wide receivers had five receptions over 40 yards.
Torrey Smith brings an element that "strikes fear" in defenses, general manager Ozzie Newsome said.
"We play against other teams and a slip here, and it's a touchdown. And that's deflating," Newsome said. "With everything we already have, we just added the 3-point shooter. At any point, the ball gets in his hands and Billy [Cundiff] is coming out to kick an extra point."
Even though Smith can beat defenses deep, he isn't a one-dimensional receiver who runs down the sideline.
"He shows a willingness to attack the middle," Hortiz said. "He's not afraid. He takes some hits and continues on."
Torrey Smith will fill the role that Donte' Stallworth was meant to fill as a speed guy on the outside. Expect more than 2 catches from Smith though. The Ravens hope he will be the eventual successor to Derrick Mason.