On Now
Coming Up
  • Fri., Apr. 29, 2016 2:00 PM EDT Live Ronnie Stanley Press Conference Ravens first-round draft pick, tackle Ronnie Stanley, will address the media.
  • Fri., Apr. 29, 2016 7:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2016 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in Chicago, IL.
  • Sat., Apr. 30, 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT Flock Festival Be a part of Ravens history as we announce our two 4th round draft selections live from M&T Bank Stadium on NFL Network and meet the Ravens first draft pick!
  • Sat., Apr. 30, 2016 12:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2016 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in Chicago, IL.
  • Sat., May. 07, 2016 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT Ravens RISE Football Leaders Summit High school football coaches can register themselves and up to three of their team captains or players of influence for FREE for the Ravens RISE Football Leaders Summit on Saturday, May 7 at M&T Bank Stadium from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Here, coaches and players can gain skills necessary to grow as leaders for their team, players and teammates!
  • Thu., Jun. 02, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Ravens Beach Bash This summer will mark the 5th annual Ravens Ocean City Beach Bash, presented by Miller Lite, June 2-4 in Ocean City, Md. Join Ravens Players, Cheerleaders, Playmakers, Band, Mascots and talent from 98Rock and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown for the weekend.
  • Fri., Jun. 03, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Ravens Beach Bash This summer will mark the 5th annual Ravens Ocean City Beach Bash, presented by Miller Lite, June 2-4 in Ocean City, Md. Join Ravens Players, Cheerleaders, Playmakers, Band, Mascots and talent from 98Rock and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown for the weekend.
  • Sat., Jun. 04, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Ravens Beach Bash This summer will mark the 5th annual Ravens Ocean City Beach Bash, presented by Miller Lite, June 2-4 in Ocean City, Md. Join Ravens Players, Cheerleaders, Playmakers, Band, Mascots and talent from 98Rock and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown for the weekend.
  • Fri., Jun. 10, 2016 7:30 PM EDT Beyonce: The Formation World Tour Beyonce will return to M&T Bank Stadium on Friday, June 10, 2016 for her Formation World Tour.
  • Mon., Jun. 13, 2016 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT Play Like a Raven Football Clinic The Ravens players use the offseason to prepare for next season…and you can too. Get ready for the upcoming football season this summer at a Play Like A Raven Football Clinic!

News

Print
RSS

A Raven And Steeler Of The Same Ilk

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Ravens WR Torrey Smith and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are breakout players and friends.


Hearing Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith talk about Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is like listening to him describe himself, and vice versa.

While the Ravens and Steelers are bitter rivals, they are in many ways much more alike than they are different. That similarity is clear when looking at each team’s up-and-coming offensive stars.

Smith and Brown are blossoming into two of the NFL’s brightest playmakers and leaders within their respective teams. Whoever has the bigger day Thursday night will likely come out the victor.

“He’s probably one of the hardest working guys I’ve been around,” Smith said of Brown. “There’s a lot I can take from him. It’s not a fluke that he’s doing as well as he is.”

“He’s a guy who has been excelling and is extremely hungry,” Brown said of Smith. “I’m excited by this kid all the way and I think he has a bright future.”

Smith and Brown originally met in 2009 when Smith went to Florida with a teammate from the University of Maryland to train for the NFL Scouting Combine. Smith was still a junior and Brown was a senior getting ready for the draft.

They especially bonded the next offseason when Smith was the one preparing for the combine in Florida. Brown is from Miami and spends his offseasons training there. Smith marvels at the number of different training regimens Brown has, from the usual stuff to yoga.

The two struck up a friendship over their sweat-packed workouts and have kept in touch since. Brown said they are “absolutely” tight.

“He’s a hard-working family man, always has his kids around,” said Smith, who got married in July and is excited about his first child on the way. “He’s one of the better guys in this league.”

Besides who they are as people, the two receivers are both enjoying breakouts this season.

After five weeks, Smith was leading the NFL in receiving yards. He has already set a single-season career-high in yards (859). With two more catches, he’ll set a new career high in receptions.

Brown leads the NFL with 80 catches, which surpassed his 69 from 2011. He’s got 1,044 receiving yards (64 yards short of his high mark) and personal best six touchdowns.

They’re both big-play threats each time they touch the ball, although in different ways.

Smith has more of a long speed whereas Brown has incredible burst in tight spaces, which is also why he’s used as a punt returner.

Smith’s 17.9 yards per catch rank fifth in the NFL. Brown averages 13 yards per reception, but has logged catches over 40 yards each of the past three games. He beat one of the best cornerbacks in the game, Cleveland’s Joe Haden, with six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown last week.

“We’re different kind of players – different kind of big play guys. He’s so elusive, so quick,” Smith said.

“He’s a big playmaker,” Brown said. “Love his speed, love his intensity, love his hunger and his passion for the game. He’s a great friend of mine and I’m excited to see him develop as his career continues.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos