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Smith was unable to haul in his only target in Thursday's preseason opener against the 49ers.

With Dennis Pitta healthy and Steve Smith signed in the offseason, the younger Smith should have more competition for targets than he did last year. However, the former Maryland Terp will also have some help in terms of attracting defenders' attention, after playing alongside a slew of non-threatening receivers last year. Many don't realize just how bad things got for the Ravens in 2013, when undrafted rookie Marlon Brown finished second on the team with 524 receiving yards, followed by Jacoby Jones (455 in 12 games) and an entirely washed-up Dallas Clark (343). Smith is still the unquestioned No. 1 wideout in Baltimore, and while it's fair to expect a decrease from the 139 targets he saw last season, the speedster should improve his catch rate (46.7 percent) and yards per target (8.1). Entering the final year of his rookie deal, and still viewed as something less than a true No. 1 receiver, Smith has a hugely important season ahead of him.

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Contract talks are not heating up between Torrey Smith and the Ravens.

Smith's value may be difficult to figure out as he's been more of a play-making deep-threat than true No. 1 receiver, and has yet to go to a Pro Bowl. But he's clearly ascending at 25 years old, hasn't missed a game in three seasons and is set to be new OC Gary Kubiak's Andre Johnson this season. We're expecting Smith to set career-highs in both catches and yards, so agent Drew Rosenhaus could make a savvy gamble by putting off negotiations as long as possible.

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Torrey Smith's 39 catches last season on throws that traveled 10 yards or less in the air ranked 71st in the league.

Smith expanded his route tree in 2013, handling double teams relatively well and starting down the path of shedding a "one-trick pony" label. He'll continue that progression as the "X" receiver for Gary Kubiak, the same spot Andre Johnson handled for so long (Steve Smith will play the Kevin Walter role). The speedy Smith is unlikely to ever be a volume receiver, but he's just 25 years old, trending up in the new scheme and heading into a contract year. His receptions on short throws should rise this season.

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A source tells the Baltimore Sun that extension negotiations between Torrey Smith and the Ravens haven't opened yet.

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Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti stated at the NFL meetings Monday that "nothing would make (me) happier" than extending Torrey Smith's contract.

Bisciotti says he'd like a deal hammered out before May's draft. Smith is owed just $837,168 in 2014, so an extension would cost Baltimore salary cap space. Only 25 years old -- he just turned in late January -- Smith earned the praise of Ravens coaches in 2013 for effectively handling double-team coverage. He posted career highs in catches (65) and receiving yards (1,128).

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ESPN Ravens blogger Jamison Hensley thinks the team could approach Torrey Smith about a contract extension this offseason.

Smith has one year left on his rookie deal and is a prime candidate for a new deal. He's appeared in all 48 regular-season games since being drafted and set new career-highs in catches (65) and yards (1,128) this past season. Smith could command at or above $10 million annually. The Ravens are up against the salary cap for 2014, but there are ways to make the money work.

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Torrey Smith caught three passes for 27 yards in Week 17 at Cincinnati.

Smith was targeted seven times on the day, but he and Joe Flacco couldn't connect on any deep patterns. Smith really blossomed into an all-around receiver in his third season out of Maryland and was really one of the only bright spots on offense for Baltimore. He set new career-highs in catches (65) and yards (1,128) while scoring four times. The fact that he didn't score more was a bit of a fluke. Smith is the clear-cut No. 1 option in the Ravens' passing attack and has the potential to be a fantasy WR1 in 2014.

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Torrey Smith (hamstring) and Ray Rice (thigh) are both active for Week 17 versus the Bengals.

Both players were listed as questionable but were fully expected to play through their issues in a must-win game for the Ravens. Inactive for the Ravens are CB Asa Jackson, S Omar Brown, OL Ryan Jensen, WR Deonte Thompson, TE Dallas Clark, OLB John Simon, and DL Arthur Jones.

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Torrey Smith (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Despite the "Q" tag, Smith practiced on a limited basis all week and is on track to play Sunday against Cincinnati. It's a must-win game for Baltimore.

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Torrey Smith (thigh) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Smith is fully expected to suit up for Sunday's must-win game against the Bengals. Smith caught five passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in the teams' Week 10 meeting.