Torrey Smith had two miserable years in San Francisco surrounded by shoddy quarterback play.
Now Smith appears to have found a very favorable situation with the Philadelphia Eagles as the 2017 season approaches.
Over the past two seasons, the former Maryland wideout caught just 53 passes for 930 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2016, Smith posted a career low in nearly every category with 20 receptions for 267 yards along with three touchdowns and 13.4 yards-per-catch.
He did post a career-best 20.1 yards-per-catch during the 2015 campaign, but still managed just 663 yards through the air.
Smith had signed a five-year deal that was worth $40 million in the 2015 offseason to join the 49ers.
On March 7, Smith was released by the 49ers after two lackluster seasons. Just two days later, the former Terrapin signed with the Eagles.
Smith certainly found a favorable situation in the City of Brotherly Love given Philadelphia’s struggles at the wide receiver position in 2016. The Eagles also signed former Chicago Bears star wideout Alshon Jeffery to a one-year deal.
Quarterback Carson Wentz struggled at times as a rookie due to inconsistent production from his pass catchers. Wentz is expected to benefit significantly from the presence of Jeffery and Smith in the passing game.
The Eagles began training camp earlier this week and Smith has been one of the team’s most consistent producers so far.
Obviously, Philadelphia’s cornerback depth isn’t the greatest, but Smith is still making plays on the field. For example, during Sunday’s practice, the former Terp used his speed to get off the line of scrimmage quickly and ended up hauling in an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone as he got a few steps on Patrick Robinson.
Speed is arguably Smith’s biggest asset and has been since his days in College Park.
It’s hard to imagine a better situation for Smith given the Eagles’ offensive situation heading into the 2017 season. Jeffery should draw double coverage a significant amount of the time and could lead to deep ball opportunities for Smith throughout the year.
Aside from 2016, Smith has averaged 15.7 yards-per-catch in every one of his NFL seasons. During his time with the Baltimore Ravens, he had at least one catch over 50 yards.
Wentz showcased his arm at times as a rookie and should do so even more frequently with the amount of talented weapons that Philadelphia has in place.
Smith also has a great set of hands, which Wentz will take full advantage of this fall.
The former Terp is only 28 years old and still has a ton of gas left in the tank. Smith has the potential to have a career year with the Eagles given the depth at wide receiver.
If Smith can keep this momentum trending in the regular season, he could be one of the top offensive options for Philadelphia this fall.