He stretches the field and is 2nd among active players in Yards Per Catch (YPC). Smith averages 17 YPC. He would be our best deep threat since DeSean Jackson (Jackson ranks 1st among active players at 17.7 YPC).
**Relevant comparisons**–Original rumored WR, Kenny Britt averages 15.8 YPC, Jeremy Maclin averages 13.5 YPC, and Jordan Matthews averages 11.3 YPC.
Before joining San Francisco in 2015, Smith spent 4 years in Baltimore where he averaged 53 catches, 898 yards, and 7.5 TDs per season. Since Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers in 2014, San Francisco has ranked 31st out of 32nd in total offense the last two seasons. **Note, Joe Douglass was scouting for Baltimore when they selected Torrey Smith**
He’s durable and not a worry off the field. In his 6-year career, Smith has only missed a total of 4 games. He hasn’t had a significant injury since his 2011 sports hernia that didn’t require him to miss any games.
In Free Agency, Torrey Smith appears to be a bargain
Recently signed Free Agent WRs last 4-years average output:
Robert Woods (25 years old): 50 catches, 612 yards, 3 TDs
(Rams signed for 5 years, 39 mill—19 guarantee)
Kenny Stills (24 years old): 41 catches, 684 yards, 5 TDs
(Dolphins signed for 4 years, 32 mill—20 guarantee)
Kenny Britt (28 years old): 41 catches, 631 yards, 2.75 TDs
(Browns signed for 4 years, 32 mill—17 guarantee)
Torrey Smith (28 years old): 42 catches, 707 yards, 5.5 TDs
(Eagles signed for 3 years, 15 mill–?? guarantee)
Bottom Line: I’m not here to tell you that Torrey Smith is a bonafide number one receiver and that Howie Roseman’s job is done, but the anger and outcry against this deal is wildly inappropriate. This is the stock market and Howie just bought low, B+ grade from this guy.