Stats don’t quite encompass what Torrey Smith did for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Love him or hate him, there are times when Eagles vice president and general manager Howie Roseman looks amazing. Every season, we talk about how Philly has no cap space and a lack of spending money to go out and land free agents. Every year, Howie makes it work somehow.
Just think back to 2017. Philly was on the verge of overspending, and they needed help at wide receiver for Carson Wentz (yes, this was a problem even back then). Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith were two of the most coveted free agents that offseason at the wide receiver position. Most “Birds: fans would have been happy to land either one of them.
Howie found a way to get both of them. Now, Torrey Smith didn’t light it up during the regular season. 36 receptions for 430 yards and two trips to the end zone was all he’d muster, but in the playoffs, Smith made timely catches that extended drives. Eight of his 13 catches over a three-game stretch went for first downs as he racked up another 157 yards through the air.
He was also on the receiving end of a flea-flicker from Nick Foles in the NFC Championship Game. A role model both in the locker room and in the community, it was a joy to watch Smith play for this team. even if it was only for one season.