Former Ohio State Buckeye, turned sixth-round selection of the Baltimore Ravens, Troy Smith could be turning some heads this season. Slotted firmly behind Steve McNair and Kyle Boller last year, the Ravens appear to have finally come to the conclusion that Boller will never be anything more than a back-up. So why not give Smith the shot?
From Dewey at Blogimore Ravens:
He played exceptionally well in limited time last year, and had it not been for Ohio State’s meltdown against Florida in the national championship, Smith probably would have been a first-round selection. One bad game. That’s all it took for people to dismiss this guy’s future. All of a sudden his height started to matter more than it had before that brutal loss to the Gators. All of a sudden Smith was a waste of time. Enter Joe Flacco. At the very least, give Smith a chance to play this year. Let Flacco sit on the bench. If you do, I think you’ll find that you’ve got a guy on your roster who will make you regret wasting so much money on a strong-armed QB with a thin track record.
I can’t say I disagree. While it would pain me to see Smith have a negative impact on the Browns, you can bet that I’ll be rooting for the guy to succeed at least 14 weeks this upcoming season.
If there’s any downfall to Smith, it will be the lack of offense that has plagued the Ravens for quite some time. Derrick Mason is a year older, Jonathan Ogden has retired, and Todd Heap can’t find a way to stay healthy for an entire season. Ray Rice may make things a bit easier on him, but unless Willis McGahee does well enough to spread the field for the receivers, Smith could have his work cut out for him.
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