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September 25, 2011
Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens beat writer: The Ravens did exactly what an elite team should do to an overmatched opponent. They took control of the game early and broke the Rams' spirit in the first quarter. Obviously, Joe Flacco connecting with Torrey Smith for three touchdowns could have a huge impact going forward as the rookie was badly in need of a jolt of confidence, and the Ravens sorely needed to establish a downfield threat. It was an ideal tuneup for the Jets showdown next week.
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Mike Preston | July 18, 2014
With training camp set to officially open next week, the Ravens are still waiting for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to rule on the status of running back Ray Rice, but they have more pressing concerns going into the first quarter of the season. Rice faces suspension for an incident in February in which he is accused of knocking out his then-fiancee during an altercation. The prediction here is that Rice will be suspended for two to four games. The Ravens have capable replacements, but there are deeper concerns.
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By Matt Vensel | September 26, 2011
On Sunday, Torrey Smith flashed the fleet feet and natural ability that made him a 2011 second-round draft pick, scoring touchdowns on his first three NFL catches and finishing with five catches for 152 yards. Two games into his NFL career, one that started three months later than originally scheduled because of the lockout, the rookie out of Maryland was being scrutinized by fans and a few media members. After his eye-opening performance in the Ravens' 37-7 victory over the Rams, Smith will probably be under more pressure to make this kind of difference every week -- a totally unrealistic expectation.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
The Ravens' top decision makers are always preaching about the importance of roster competition. They want it at every position, not just for starting roles but for special teams units and back-end roster spots. Heading into training camp which officially begins with the first full-squad practice on July 24, the Ravens' front office has assembled a 90-man roster that will need to be whittled down to 53 in the coming weeks. The roster has a mixture of youth and experience and is particularly deep at wide receiver where 12 guys are competing for five or six spots.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2013
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has joked about cutting off his dreadlocks before but never  followed through with it. Even getting pulled down to the ground by his hair two seasons ago by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones wasn't enough to convince Smith that he needed to get rid of them. However, Smith apparently has had a change of heart. He joked on his Twitter account earlier today that he was thinking about cutting his "locs. " When asked why, he wrote that he was "getting tired of them.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
In the off-season, when the Baltimore Ravens' Torrey Smith isn't trying to refinish his floors, he's lobbying Congress. The wide-receiver headed to Washington Wednesday with the hopes of convicing lawmakers to help America stop being so fat and sluggish. Smith was there, with a contigent of other star athletes, seeking support for the "Get America Moving" program. Leading the charge was the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, a group that apparently hopes America, as it "gets moving," buys a lot of balls, bats and cup protectors to do it. On Twitter Wednesday morning Smith, immediately after asking for recommendations for someone who can refinish wood floors at a good price, said the idea of Washington made him "feel important haha.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2012
With a team-leading 13 receptions and three touchdowns of 20 yards or more, Torrey Smith has solidified his reputation as the Ravens' most productive deep threat this season. The wide receiver ranks fifth in the NFL with 17.9 average yards per catch and leads the team in touchdown receptions with seven. Smith caught a career-best seven balls for 144 yards in last Sunday's 16-13 overtime win against the San Diego Chargers. This Sunday, Smith faces a Pittsburgh Steelers defense that has troubled him in the past.
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By Matt Vensel | August 23, 2011
You might have heard rumblings that there was an earthquake in the area today. I doubt that anyone was more frightened than Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, who panicked when the ground started shaking as he filmed a spot for Maryland football at the Ravens' practice facility in Owings Mills. Here's the video:
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By Matt Vensel | April 23, 2013
Ray Rice was one of three Ravens who took a break from the team's offseason workout program Tuesday to chat with reporters. He appeared to be wearing black pajama pants, so maybe a nap was next on his agenda. Before he took off, he was asked about Torrey Smith, who is expected to be the team's top receiver in 2013. In his second NFL season, Smith caught 49 passes for 855 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns. His 17.4 yards-per-catch average was among the highest in the league in 2012.
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By Matt Vensel | May 17, 2011
When I chatted with former Terps wide receiver Torrey Smith on Monday about his future with the Ravens , I had to get his take on the retirement of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams. The legendary men's coach surprisingly called it quits two weeks ago and the school scrambled to hire Mark Turgeon a few days later. Smith says Williams' fist pumps will be missed. "Gary was a great friend of the football program and he’s a great coach," said Smith, who can hold his own on the court . "I’m sure everyone’s going to miss that fist pump.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Dennis Pitta was in constant motion throughout the Ravens' offseason practices, making it difficult to get an accurate read on where he would line up from play to play. Signed to a five-year, $32 million contract in March, the tight end is expected to have a versatile role in new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offensive system. That includes everything from Pitta being split out as an extra wide receiver to working out of the backfield as well as traditional in-line tight end alignments.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Should we be happy for them? Ray Rice and the former Janay Palmer, his longtime girlfriend and mother of his two-year-old daughter, celebrated their marriage last week at the Four Seasons Baltimore in front of friends, including fellow Ravens Torrey Smith and Lardarius Webb.  Rice and Palmer, you may recall, were married in a private ceremony in March, a day after he was indicted on third-degree assault charges for allegedly knocking her...
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
The Ravens' Justin Tucker has not only been one of the league's best kickers in his first two seasons in the NFL, he's also been one of its bigger bargains. Such is life when you originally make the team as an undrafted free agent. Tucker, who beat out Billy Cundiff for the kicking job as a rookie, signed a three-year, $1.44 million deal with the Ravens before the 2012 season. He's due a base salary of $570,000 in 2014, the final year of the deal, and then he could potentially be a restricted free agent next offseason.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
It's been well-documented that the Ravens would like to sign wide receiver  Torrey Smith , nose tackle  Haloti Ngata  and cornerback  Jimmy Smith  to contract extensions before the start of the 2014 season. Little has been said about Pro Bowl third-year kicker  Justin Tucker's  contract, but the Ravens are working on a contract extension for him, too, general manager  Ozzie Newsome  told   Kevin Byrne , the team's senior vice president of public and community relations, in an article posted on the team's website.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
He has a new offense to learn, different voices in his ear and a couple of additional targets at his disposal. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, however, seems intent on keeping his approach unchanged, even after the most disappointing season of his NFL career. In his first extensive comments to the local media since the end of last season, Flacco expressed excitement about new coordinator Gary Kubiak's West Coast offense, acknowledged the need to take better care of the football and bristled at the suggestion that he hasn't put enough time in to learn the offense and gain more chemistry with his wide receivers.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Now that Ray Rice has held a widely criticized news conference Friday that included some awkward, off-the-cuff moments and no public apology to his wife, just months after their physical altercation at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino, the Ravens' star running back is hoping for a much smoother experience on the football field. That return could be delayed, though, by a punishment under the NFL's personal-conduct policy. The Ravens are bracing for a potential multiple-game suspension, but no discipline has been determined, and Rice is expected to meet soon with commissioner Roger Goodell.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | November 23, 2011
The honors keep coming in for Ravens rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith. Smith today was named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week after he caught six balls for 165 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens 31-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. The second-round pick out of the University of Maryland set a Ravens' rookie record for most receiving yards in a game when he caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco early in the fourth quarter to give the home team a 31-17 lead against the Bengals.
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By Edward Lee | August 14, 2012
As the Ravens near the end of training camp, Tuesday began at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills without Ed Reed and Torrey Smith. The eight-time Pro Bowl free safety and starting wide receiver were not present during the first 30 minutes of practice. Smith has been battling a sprained ankle suffered in Thursday night's 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but it's unclear if Reed is also dealing with an injury. He could have been given the day off - much as left guard Bobbie Williams (swollen right ankle)
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
In his first public comments since his February arrest following a physical altercation with his now wife, Ravens running back Ray Rice appeared emotional and uncomfortable as he apologized to fans, family members and the Ravens' organization. With his wife, Janay Rice, seated next to him, and his mother and father-in-law in the front row during a Friday news conference at the Under Armour Performance Center, Rice acknowledged that he has failed. However, the veteran NFL running back said that he's working every day to be a better father, husband and role model.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
There is not too much that reporters can take away from one day of watching Ravens rookie minicamp. Players are still feeling their way around a little bit, learning the plays and getting to know their new teammates and coaches. In past minicamps, we raved about Brandon Williams, Deonte Thompson and Nigel Carr , questioned Torrey Smith's hands and wondered whether Murphy Holloway could become the latest player to go from a standout college basketball player to an NFL tight end. Holloway was cut by the Ravens the next day. The point is, it's foolish to make any definitive conclusions so early in the offseason program.
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