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Smith caught 3-of-8 targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Colts.

Despite matching his season-high for targets and drawing a league-high sixth defensive pass interference penalty, Smith had his worst game of the season. He really struggled on the Ravens' final drive, with a seven-yard catch overshadowed by a pair of drops, including one on a deep pass on fourth down. The fourth-year pro has just 11 receptions on 30 targets through five games, after posting a 65-1,128-4 receiving line on 139 targets last season. His starting job and role are safe, but Joe Flacco seemingly favors Steve Smith, who also had a rough game Sunday afternoon. Given how he's been used thus far, the younger Smith will likely be highly reliant on big plays this season, which was the case to a lesser extent last year. He'll eventually have a big game or three, but makes for a risky option any given week.

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Smith has drawn an NFL-high five pass interference penalties this season, ESPN.com reports.

While Smith's slow start isn't necessarily a fluke, his talent isn't the issue. He's essentially the same player we saw last season, only the Ravens now have other options in the passing game. Smith was probably a bit overextended as a 139-target receiver in a talentless offense last season, and his current role is a better fit from the team's perspective. That said, the Ravens may need to lean on Smith at some point, as he's the second or third option in what has thus far been a surprisingly productive passing game. As the penalties suggest, Smith has not disappeared from the offense, even though his numbers indicate otherwise.

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Smith caught two passes for 53 yards and a touchdown on three targets in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Panthers.

Though Smith hauled in his first touchdown of the season and recorded his best yardage total, Sunday's game wasn't encouraging for fantasy owners, as the speedy wideout once again watched Steve Smith dominate the targets. The younger Smith has helped the Ravens by drawing an unusual number of penalties this season, but he only has eight receptions and 22 targets through four games, while his counterpart leads the team with 25 catches and 41 targets.

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Smith had two catches for 25 yards on eight targets in Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Browns.

Though he's drawn a key pass interference penalty in each of Baltimore's three games, Smith only has six catches for 85 yards on the season. He did have a team-high eight targets Sunday, and the Ravens will likely be without TE Dennis Pitta (hip) for at least a few games, leaving more looks for Joe Flacco's other options. Smith and Flacco will eventually connect on some deep balls, but the fourth-year wideout may be getting passed by Steve Smith as the team's top wide receiver. As such, the younger Smith could be even less consistent than he was the last few seasons.

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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.