From The Baltimore Sun
With several wide receivers excused from voluntary minicamp, backup quarterback Troy Smith made a temporary position change to wide-out, running routes and making some impressive catches Tuesday.
The Ravens have tinkered with the idea of expanding the role of Smith, who remains the No. 2 quarterback on the team’s depth chart.
“Without making it a huge story, I’m quite sure that Troy will be lined up in different places this year,” coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday. “He can split out and play receiver. He can play running back. We definitely want to expand guys.”
Wide receivers Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Demetrius Williams were not at Tuesday’s minicamp. Another receiver, Yamon Figurs, is sidelined with a foot injury.
This should prove to be an interesting experiment as Baltimore continues to engineer ways to make their offense more explosive.
I hate to use the term “Slash” because I was never a huge Kordell Stewart fan and I always associate that term with a fairly mediocre football player even though he was a fantastic athlete.
Troy Smith still feels that he can be the Quarterback of this team if called upon but as long as Flacco is upright the job is his to stay. I also wonder how the entrance of John Beck will affect Smith. Beck is more familiar with Cameron’s schemes and seems to be a coaches’ favorite to perhaps take the backup spot.
So where does that leave the former Heisman winner? Several times last season he was a part of the “Suggs Package” and even some Wildcat type trickery. I’m all for including as many players as possible and giving them a role but most the time those plays yielded time outs due to personnel confusion instead of big plays. Sometimes you can trick your own players with all this deception.
For now, Smith is saying all the right things and he’s willing to help the team but you have a feeling that he doesn’t want to expand his role at all.
“Well, it’s expanded role camp,” Smith said. “Definitely, when they put you in a situation where you get a chance to do something different and expand your role, you just step up and rise to the occasion.”
“I’m not opposed to it,” he said. “I didn’t get here catching balls. … I play quarterback. That’s what I do. I guess sometimes when you’re blessed to a certain extent to do different things, the power of the pen and pad takes over.”
Sometimes we all have to do what we don’t want in order to keep a job. Troy may have to learn to run the routes instead.