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Smith had five catches for 101 yards on seven targets in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Browns.

Smith led the Ravens in receiving yards for the third time in three tries, and his long gain of 32 yards set up the game-winning field goal. Torrey Smith, meanwhile, turned in another dud, catching just 2-of-8 targets for 25 yards. With the younger Smith not producing, and TE Dennis Pitta (hip) suffering what looks to be a serious injury, Steve Smith is shaping up as Joe Flacco's go-to guy. That said, Torrey Smith should have better days ahead, as he's at least been contributing by drawing long pass interference penalties.

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Smith had six receptions for 71 yards on 10 targets in Thursday's 26-6 win over the Steelers

Smith led the Ravens in receiving yardage and targets for a second straight week, while teammate Torrey Smith turned in another dud, catching just one pass for 10 yards on three targets. The elder Smith has 25 targets and 13 receptions through two games, and while his stock has risen over the last two weeks, the Ravens still figure to spread the ball around. That said, Smith has thus far been Joe Flacco's go-to guy on third down, and the 35-year-old wideout is getting plenty of snaps in the red zone. Exhibiting good quickness in his routes and his famous angry running with the ball in his hands, Smith still seems to have some quality football ahead of him.

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Smith caught seven passes for 118 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bengals.

Though he hauled in an 80-yard, go-ahead touchdown on a third-and-14 in the fourth quarter, Smith was otherwise unimpressive in his Ravens debut. He dropped a pair of passes, and his other 14 targets resulted in just six catches for 38 yards. He also should have drawn a flag on the touchdown, as he threw cornerback Adam Jones to the ground via facemask. In any case, it was still an encouraging performance for the 35-year-old's fantasy owners, as the elder Smith drew 15 targets on Joe Flacco's 62 pass attempts, compared to just seven for Torrey Smith. On a less encouraging note, the Ravens subbed out their starting receivers with surprising frequency, sometimes using Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and/or Jacoby Jones in two-wide sets. Next up for Smith is a Thursday matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Smith caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.

Smith has locked down the starting job opposite Torrey Smith, but that was already the case before Saturday's game. While he should be a consistent presence in two-wide formations, the elder Smith will probably get fewer looks than both Torrey Smith and TE Dennis Pitta. The Ravens' passing game should improve from last season, but not to the extent that the team's third option will have a huge year.

Steve Smith WR BAL 6 Months

Ravens OC Gary Kubiak says Steve Smith has brought an "edge" to practice.

In other words, he's still Bottom Line 89. "He's just so competitive," Kubiak said. "He challenges people as far as how you play, how you go about doing things. ... He challenged coaches, too." DC Dean Pees says he's instructed his players not to upset Smith. Although Smith's game is in steep decline, he'll provide the leadership and sure pair of hands the Ravens lost when they dealt Anquan Boldin to the 49ers.

Steve Smith WR BAL 6 Months

Steve Smith reportedly made his mind up in January that he would play one more NFL season, then retire in 2015.

Smith cited knee soreness as one of the main factors. "The only people who knew were my close friends and my wife," he said. "This year was actually going to be my last year in Carolina. I was going to retire. I was done." Smith said his knee suddenly started "feeling better" after the Panthers released him, "and the next thing you know, I got a three-year deal" with the Ravens. Smith says he hopes to fulfill the entire Baltimore contract. GM Ozzie Newsome hopes Smith pans out better than Lee Evans.

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the Steve Smith release was strictly a football decision.

Both Rivera and GM Dave Gettleman have denied reports that they viewed Smith as a "distraction." But they've been willing to take shots at the 34-year-old's remaining ability. "He doesn't have the top-end speed like he used to, but he still has good speed," Rivera said Wednesday. Smitty won't be asked to take the top off of defenses in Baltimore. He'll be playing the possession-style Kevin Walter role in Gary Kubiak's offense.

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Newly acquired WR Steve Smith said he's fine with being a "complementary dude" with the Ravens.

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Ravens agreed to terms with WR Steve Smith, formerly of the Panthers, on a three-year contract.

Smith didn't want to venture far from his Charlotte base, and the Ravens didn't want to let him leave without a contract. Going on 35, Smith has lost multiple steps the past two seasons, but is still an extremely sure pair of hands, and capable of making plays against tight coverage. He's the kind of chain mover the Ravens sorely lacked after trading away Anquan Boldin. Smith may only catch 50-60 passes in 2014, but along with a healthy Dennis Pitta, will take pressure off of Joe Flacco. Smith's fantasy value is on the wane, but he'll be in the WR3/4 conversation.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Steve Smith will visit the Ravens on Friday.

We won't have a resolution Thursday. Smith is hopping on a plane tonight and will meet with Ravens brass in the morning. Baltimore is far and away the favorite to land the soon-to-be 35-year-old. At this point, Smith's name is bigger than his game, but he brings toughness and very reliable hands. He'd be the No. 3 option in the Ravens passing attack, behind Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta.