You know I love how people are dogging the bucs for firing Lovie. Unless you are a bucs fan and know what what going on, on why they dumped him then just shut up. Lovie Smith ran an outdated defense scheme, sucked at making halftime adjustments, and did not get on to players for committing flags. They were one of the worst flaged teams, and he did not do crap about it. The coach the bucs have now is the reason for this teams success and improvement, not Lovie. He is the reason Jamies had a good year and why the offense is 5th ranked. If the bucs had lost Koetter which is why they fired Lovie, because they were afraid of losing him. If they had lost Koetter. Then the team would of sucked again. Jameis would of digressed. You should know what you are talking before you sputter moronic nonsense.
Summary: Torrey Smith lost some money when the NFL moved the kickoff spot back to the 35-yard line. He is one of the top kick return threats in the 2011 NFL draft class, but this skill becomes less valuable with more touchbacks expected going forward.
Offensively, Smith profiles as a potential No. 2 although he needs to run better routes. Like many college receivers, he was not asked to run many different routes. He also has to work on his downfield blocking if he wants to secure a starting role.
At worst, there is a place for him as a deep threat and teams still need someone to return kickoffs even if there are fewer to bring back. Even at best, he is a complementary player as opposed to someone a team can build around as a primary receiver.
Player Comparison: Earl Bennett. This is not just about the obvious HWS (height-weight-speed) similarities. When I think about Torrey Smith's future, I see similar production to Bennett. Clearly Smith is a more prolific returner although if the Bears did not have better options, Bennett might be contributing more in that area as he did just a little in 2009.
As a straight receiver, I see both deep threats as merely solid guys on the roster as opposed to players sending an opposing defensive coordinator to the Pepto Bismol bottle.