The Ravens have said goodbye to a lot of key players from their Super Bowl-winning team, decisions that have left some questioning General Manager Ozzie Newsome’s plan.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith is not one of them. While Smith realizes what Anquan Boldin, Ed Reed and others have meant to the Ravens, he remembers similar grumbling when the team said farewell to veterans in the past and saw Newsome wind up looking pretty. He’s confident the same thing will happen this time and said it in a way that suggests he’s not just trying to kiss up to the boss.
“You just have to trust and believe in [Newsome],” Smith said, via the Baltimore Sun. “He can cut me today and I’d still be a firm believer in him. He has a track record and there’s nothing you can take from that. He’s won two rings, he’s the mastermind behind that. When a guy has that type of reputation, you just have to trust it.”
There are arguments to be made for keeping any of the players that the Ravens have lost, but none of them are as compelling as the argument Newsome’s resumer makes for trusting his moves.
With Boldin gone, Smith will be asked to carry a little more of the load in the receiving corps. That gives him the opportunity to help prove Newsome right about the moves he’s made since hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.