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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
The Ravens' marquee free agent signing bounced back from a pair of quiet preseason games with the kind of impact performance he felt like he needed to have Saturday against Washington. Wide receiver Steve Smith made six catches for 80 yards and a highlight reel touchdown late in the first half, when he hauled in a 24-yard pass from quarterback Joe Flacco while sliding through the end zone. “You come here in free agency and everybody has a question,” Smith said after the game.
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Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
TAMPA, FLA. -- Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith knelt in the end zone Sunday afternoon, pausing for a moment to pray after catching a slant pass from Joe Flacco in stride for a touchdown. The former Maryland standout was in a thankful mood during a resurgent game after arguably the roughest stretch of his career. One week after his dropped pass ended a late comeback attempt against the Indianapolis Colts, Smith was jubilant during the Ravens' 48-17 blowout victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson | March 13, 2014
Wearing an “I Love Baltimore” hat, wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones admitted that he took less money to re-sign with the Ravens and return to a place that he called “home.” The Ravens can only hope free agent wide receiver Steve Smith eventually feels the same way. According to sources, Smith is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Friday. He was expected to arrive in Baltimore on Thursday evening. After monitoring the Smith and Carolina Panthers fallout from afar, the Ravens have their first opportunity to make their pitch to the five-time Pro Bowl receiver after he was released following 13 NFL seasons with the Panthers.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
When Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco took his first snap in the full-squad portion of Wednesday's practice, three of his usual five starting linemen were nowhere to be found. Despite that - and a shaky performance by the offensive line last Sunday - Flacco said he has no concerns about the group. "I'm not even thinking about that," Flacco said. "Three out of five games, I haven't really been touched. This past week, it's really the situation that we have to fix as a whole group.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Steve Smith is done dismantling his former team, the Carolina Panthers, on the field. Now he's taking apart the storyline he says they're trying to propagate about his exit. Days after he scored a pair of touchdowns against his former team, the Ravens wide receiver called into a Charlotte, N.C. radio station, WFNZ , Wednesday to discuss his new circumstances and his feelings about the end of his 12-year career in Carolina. He outlined the step-by-step process of how he was released, and refuted an NFL Network report that he was released not because of on-field decline, but because he was divisive in the locker room and refused a pay cut. Smith said in the interview that Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman told him “basically that I'm a shadow of the player I used to be - I can't run and jump like I used to, I'm jealous of Cam [Newton]
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
Now that wide receiver Steve Smith has arrived in Baltimore via his three-year, $11 million contract, he fills the void of physicality and toughness created a year ago when the Ravens traded Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers following a contract dispute. Both Smith and Boldin excel at making contested catches, are fearless going across the middle, have a mean stiff arm and posses the veteran savvy of understanding spacing and body control. Both are feisty on the field and regarded as leaders in the locker room.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
While many in Baltimore are pumped that the Ravens have signed veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, many Carolina Panthers fans are bummed that the five-time Pro Bowl performer was released. Perhaps none were more upset than a young boy named Gavin, whose meltdown after the Panthers cut Smith was captured on a video that has gone viral, generating more than 150,000 page views in five days . In the video, which is embedded above, Gavin starts crying when he hears the news and says he “hates” the Panthers.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who is touring NFL training camp sites in a neat little RV with his MMQB crew, had an interesting nugget from Ravens camp in his column this morning . Quarterback Joe Flacco and veteran receiver Steve Smith are working to get on the same page this camp, one $25 Starbucks gift card at a time. Every time the two disagree on a defensive read, they go to the tape and determine who was right. I'll let King elaborate: Case in point: Smith and Flacco viewed one adjusted Smith route differently, causing an errant throw; Smith said he was reading a Cover-2 alignment by the defense.
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Mike Preston | March 14, 2014
While free-agent wide receiver Steve Smith was in town visiting the Ravens, they rolled out the red carpet. He had a nice dinner, an evening on the town, and private meetings with general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Apparently, Smith was impressed, as he signed with the Ravens and canceled visits or negotiations with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers. The Ravens are in Phase III of trying to rebuild a serious playoff contender, and Smith, despite being 34, has filled a major need.
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By Matt Vensel | July 18, 2011
The Ravens addressed the wide receiver position in April's draft with the selection of Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss, adding those two to a group that includes Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and second-year receiver David Reed. They also learned last year that you can, in fact, have too many aging, outspoken wideouts. But there is a Pro Bowl receiver who falls into that category who reportedly yearns to join the Ravens. Steve Smith, who has caught 620 passes for 8,884 yards and 52 touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Panthers, wants out of Charlotte, according to Tom Sorensen of The Charlotte Observer . And Sorensen reported that a source told him that Baltimore is one of Smith's two destinations of choice (San Diego is the other)
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Torrey Smith learned a valuable lesson in his rookie season that is serving him well. The Ravens' second-round pick out of the University of Maryland in 2011, Smith struggled badly in his first NFL training camp and then was held without a catch in the first two regular-season games. The chatter had already started that he was the latest in a long line of wide receivers drafted by the Ravens who would never fulfill their potential. Smith quieted such talk with a three-touchdown, 152-yard receiving performance in Week Three against the St. Louis Rams.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The mistakes came early and late. Steve Smith fumbled the first pass Joe Flacco threw. Torrey Smith dropped the last one, a sideline opportunity that would have kept the Ravens' comeback hopes alive, if only for a little longer. In between, the Ravens defense accomplished much of what they wanted against the NFL's highest-scoring team, only to watch their own offense falter repeatedly. A 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts before an announced crowd of 65,258 at Lucas Oil Stadium was a definite missed opportunity for the Ravens, who did all the things that they avoided doing during their three-game winning streak.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Steve Smith is done dismantling his former team, the Carolina Panthers, on the field. Now he's taking apart the storyline he says they're trying to propagate about his exit. Days after he scored a pair of touchdowns against his former team, the Ravens wide receiver called into a Charlotte, N.C. radio station, WFNZ , Wednesday to discuss his new circumstances and his feelings about the end of his 12-year career in Carolina. He outlined the step-by-step process of how he was released, and refuted an NFL Network report that he was released not because of on-field decline, but because he was divisive in the locker room and refused a pay cut. Smith said in the interview that Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman told him “basically that I'm a shadow of the player I used to be - I can't run and jump like I used to, I'm jealous of Cam [Newton]
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
GAME PLAN: Gary Kubiak constructed a strategy that heavily involved veteran wide receiver Steve Smith as he was targeted 10 times against his former team. The Ravens trust Smith in every situation: short, intermediate and deep. It was a balanced approach with a few more deep shots than usual. The Ravens ran the football 30 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns, with 31 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Although it was primarily Smith's day to be featured, quarterback Joe Flacco distributed the football to eight different targets.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Welcome to the Tuesday Ravens 10-Pack, where I'll go medium depth on ten Ravens topics that came from the previous week's game. Sure, Monday is the main analysis day, but if I can get an extra day to make this marginally better than it would be a day earlier, why not? Read ahead for notes on the Ravens' slow starts on defense, most of the Smiths, and where the production is coming from through four weeks. 1. For the fourth straight game, the Ravens defense allowed a sustained drive to open the other team's offensive account.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday praised Joe Flacco's decision-making, especially his ability to deliver the ball quickly when under pressure on third down, as one of the things that contributed to one of the quarterback's better games in recent memory. Flacco threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 137.4 in the Ravens' 38-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, with a good chunk of that production coming on third down. “He made plays, and especially third down-and-long plays when he had pressure coming at him,” Harbaugh said.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
The last time he spoke to the media during training camp, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith said it was going to be hard to stand before reporters every week and compare his time with the Ravens to his years with the Carolina Panthers . However, the San Francisco 49ers media wasn't here for that, and when one reporter asked Monday about his transition from Carolina to Baltimore, the Ravens' newest wide receiver had some fun with the question....
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
New Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is confident. But if you listen to every interview that he's done since signing with the team, it's clear that he wants everybody to know that he doesn't view himself as the final piece to the Ravens' puzzle. The 34-year-old has been refreshingly honest about the fact that he's in the twilight of his career. He's acknowledged that he's no longer a No. 1 receiver at this stage, and he admitted that one of the draws of signing with the Ravens was that they have several established players on offense - he specifically mentioned Torrey Smith , Jacoby Jones and Ray Rice - so there's not as much pressure on him. Then, when he spoke about Gary Kubiak's offense with the Houston Texans, he said he saw himself not in the role of perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson , but in the role of Kevin Walter , who never caught more than 65 passes in a season.
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Steve Smith only has been with the Ravens for about six months, but his teammates and coaches are starting to get a better read on the veteran wide receiver. So when John Harbaugh approached Smith in the training room before the game against the Carolina Panthers and asked him the most general of questions, the Ravens coach listened to the one-word response and was content. It was all that he needed to hear. “I said, “How are you doing? You doing OK?' and he said, 'Nope,' ” Harbaugh said.
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