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Smith caught one pass for 10 yards on three targets in Thursday's 26-6 win over the Steelers.

Smith's biggest contribution came in the first quarter, when he draw a long pass-interference penalty near the end zone. He otherwise had a quiet night, as Steve Smith did the heavy lifting for a second straight week. Also discouraging for the younger Smith's fantasy prospects was the performance of No. 2 TE Owen Daniels, who caught all five of his targets for 28 yards and two touchdowns. While Smith still figures to have some nice days this season, there's little doubt that he has far more competition for targets than he did last year. Already prone to disappearing, Smith will likely toss up a few more duds this season, and may become highly dependent on the deep ball.

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Smith had three receptions for 50 yards on seven targets in Sunday's season-opening loss to the Bengals.

Smith struggled to get open against the Cincinnati secondary, and thus drew just seven targets in a game that saw Joe Flacco attempt 62 passes. Smith should see a higher percentage of the targets in coming weeks, as he led all Baltimore wide receivers in snaps Sunday, staying on the field for 77-of-88 plays. Steve Smith was second at 64 snaps, followed by Jacoby Jones (48) and Marlon Brown (40).

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Smith (rest) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Smith is slated for a big role as the No. 1 receiver in new coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense this season, so he'll be allowed to rest during Thursday's final preseason game to gear up for the regular season. With Steve Smith and possibly Jacoby Jones also sitting out, fellow receivers Deonte Thompson, Kamar Aiken, and Michael Campanaro should enjoy extended playing time as they jostle for positioning on Baltimore's roster.

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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.

Torrey Smith WR BAL 6 Months

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.

Torrey Smith WR BAL 9 Months

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.