Anquan Boldin was the Baltimore Ravens number one receiver on their Super Bowl run last year. But since he has been traded to their Super Bowl opponent the San Francisco 49ers because he had a large contract and the Ravens needed as much cap space as possible to throw money at Joe Flacco.
But now that Anquan Boldin is gone, that means Torrey Smith is the man at wide receiver for the Ravens.
“It comes with the territory,” Torrey Smith said on WSNT in Baltimore, via Sports Radio Interviews. “I think the biggest misconception is that everyone thinks because Anquan Boldin is gone that I’m the No. 1 receiver. I mean, I don’t even think you considered him the No. 1 receiver because if you want to be technical, we got the ball thrown to almost identical times. It’s just that the passes that I got were different because I was in the slot and there was a lower completion percentage because I was getting the deep ball and fades across the middle and slants and things like that. It doesn’t really change. I’ll still be on the outside more than likely. I know both sides. I played both sides. It’s no different.”
But he had a great mentor in Boldin.
“He’s just a great person. He’s a great father and a great Christian man,” Smith said. “He was a great leader and also a great quarterback on the field. To be able to play with him and get some of his knowledge and soak it up like a sponge. Our playing styles are kind of different, so to watch him — and he was very polished — and to be able to learn from him and changing my fundamentals when I got to the league, it was a blessing for me. I loved him like a brother and it’ll be tough to see him go, but that’s the business and it’s been that way forever and it’ll be that way when the Ravens get ready to cut me.”