Let’s begin this day — this either joyous, or horrendously awful day — with some pleasant news. That’s how I generally like to begin most of my Sundays, along with a heaping bowl of Lucky Charms.
There are only three late-afternoon games today, which means any roster decision tied to those games is extremely difficult. But while we’re still waiting and will continue to wait for definitive word on Ahmad Bradshaw’s status (yeah, good luck with that…hold me), the status of another widely-started player in that Ravens-Giants game has been cleared up.
Torrey Smith will play, according to a report from ProFootballTalk. Smith had been recovering from a concussion sustained in Week 15, and although he participated in all three practices this week, he did so on a limited basis and he still needed to pass one final test before being cleared for game action. He’s now been given that clearance, and he’ll be on the field this afternoon.
However, he’s still no more than a high-end flex play despite an inviting matchup against a poor Giants secondary, and that’s simply because of the lack of targets Smith has received recently with Dennis Pitta re-emerging. Over the past two weeks Smith has been targeted only six times, and going further, he has only five catches since Week 13 for 68 yards. It gets worse, as he hasn’t scored since Week 10.