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Torrey Smith not feeling any added pressure

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Wide receiver Anquan Boldin is in San Francisco and tight end Dennis Pitta will miss the entire season, which leaves wide receiver Torrey Smith as the team’s top returning pass catcher after running back Ray Rice.

Either one of those losses would lead to calls for Smith to step up his production in the 2013 season, but the double whammy leaves an even brighter spotlight on him heading into the season. Smith knows that he and others need to step up, but he says he isn’t feeling any more pressure to do so than he would if all hands were on deck.

“No, I never feel pressure at all,” Smith said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “My job doesn’t change. Obviously, I expect more out of myself performance-wise whether they were there or not. It’s tough to lose Anquan. He was the leader of our group. Pitta, it’s an unfortunate injury. We are going to miss him out there. We have a next man up mentality. I think we have some guys who are ready.”

Smith’s job may not be changing in the larger sense as he’s still an NFL wide receiver, but it’s hard to imagine his role is going to be the same as it was last season. Smith is the team’s No. 1 receiver now and that means he’ll have to take on a wider variety of routes and responsibilities than he filled when he was a little lower down in the pecking order. That doesn’t mean he should be feeling more pressure than he is, but Smith’s going to be a big part of keeping the offense from going off track in 2013.

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  1. kantnockdahustle89 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:38 AM

    Where is Ed Dickson going in fantasy drafts this year?

  2. mjzaky says: Jul 30, 2013 10:41 AM

    I think the talent is there, the offensive game plan just has to be tailored to the reality of the situation (aka more screen passes to the RBs- heavier emphasis on the run – play action) and Flacco and Dickson, Jacoby, and whoever the WR #3 is have to work on their chemistry.

  3. doomsdaydefensetx says: Jul 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    I wouldn’t either if I look down on my hand and there was a some hardware that declared me World Champion.

  4. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:02 AM

    That’s because he knows that last season was a flucco of a year. 6-10 at best.

  5. blacknole08 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:03 AM

    Dont blame Torrey for feeling this way. Thats how the Ravens won the SB last season as the 4 seed. The pressure was on every other team seeded higher than them.

  6. dublindemonszfl says: Jul 30, 2013 11:04 AM

    Hello Mr. Moss, can you get a flight to Baltimore? Thank you sir, we need you.

  7. siggtacular says: Jul 30, 2013 11:06 AM

    Torrey Smith, Ed Dickson, Jacoby Jones

  8. flaccodelic says: Jul 30, 2013 11:33 AM

    I simply must know if crownofthehelmet and logicalvoicesays think these comments are further evidence that the Ravens are imploding.

    (There are no stories about the irrelevant Redskins or Steelers, so I’m sure they’ll be along shortly with their always-invaluable insight.)

  9. SAV says: Jul 30, 2013 11:33 AM

    Seems Ozzie has confidence in Doss and Deonte to pair with Smith and Jones. I think it’s fair, Jones caught everything last year and Smith is solid. Ray Rice is a 60-70 catch guy and Dickson is a good tight end in need of an opportunity. Ravens will balance the attack and be a good team again barring more injuries. Jones is the x factor, if he can catch 50-60 then the Ravens are in good shape.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:35 AM

    Flacon and Smith use the old Payton Manning strategy of throw a long one down the sideline and do your best to draw the PI.

    Smith does make some good catches to be fair and is a pretty good player.

    Ravens will be tough again this year even with all their changes.

  11. jmblosser82 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:47 AM

    Moss would destroy the locker room. There is a reason he’s been bouncing around teams since leaving the Vikings. Plus the 49ers need WR help too and if they didn’t bring him back that says a lot.

  12. getyourownname says: Jul 30, 2013 11:53 AM

    With only a handful of exceptions, any NFL player who doesn’t feel pressure to perform every game, won’t be keeping his job very long. It’s a “what have you done for me lately” league.

  13. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Jul 30, 2013 11:55 AM

    So who catches the ball on a must have 3rd and long when Torrey and Jacoby can’t get open? Ravens fan, but realist.

  14. ravensdominate says: Jul 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    Best franchise in the league

  15. scoobies05 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:08 PM

    im with you jm….no thanks to moss. or ocho or owens. i will stick with what we have
    hey larry. whats a bigger fluke. the ravens winning the superbowl after 5 straight playoff appearances or the skins actually being relevant for a season. gonna go with the second choice. enjoy your memories of last year

  16. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    Torrey Smith is going to rip apart the Steelers’ milquetoast secondary. Old Dick’s eyeballs are going to pop out. Haley is going to think he finally saw his comet. And Looney is going to wish he was back in Ireland lying under a free flowing tap of Guinness.

  17. rockthered1286 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:21 PM

    dublindemonszfl says:
    Jul 30, 2013 11:04 AM
    Hello Mr. Moss, can you get a flight to Baltimore? Thank you sir, we need you.
    _____________________________
    Wow, Randy developed the ability to play slot? He must have done so, or else you wouldn’t be suggesting the Ravens bring in a player with the same outside game as our 2 burners in Smith and Jacoby. What’s next? Suggesting that we bring Brandon Lloyd over with Randy?

  18. moagecu says: Jul 30, 2013 12:50 PM

    bunkslurpscrabmustard says:Jul 30, 2013 11:55 AM

    So who catches the ball on a must have 3rd and long when Torrey and Jacoby can’t get open? Ravens fan, but realist.

    ________
    Ray Rice, Ed Dickson, Tandon Doss, Kyle Juszczyk, Bernard Pierce, hell even Vonta Leach had quite a few catches last season.

    Pitta’s injury hurts, but dont forget Ed Dickson was the starting TE two years ago, not Pitta.

  19. jtbsteeler says: Jul 30, 2013 12:57 PM

    Ike Taylor “blanked” Torrey Smith last season and he was a non f’ing factor in game 2.

    Torrey Smith is your #1? LOLOLOLOL HAHAHAHA

    Ozzie to the rescue!!!!

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 30, 2013 2:01 PM

    “Ike Taylor “blanked” Torrey Smith last season and he was a non f’ing factor in game 2.”

    Just curious, where was Ike Taylor when Torrey nailed a 26 yd TD in another game 2? Remember? That was the year the Ravens SWEPT your hapless team.

    Keep in mind, Smith is just getting better and better. Steelers are falling apart. (no need for all caps because everyone knows it anyway).

  21. lovefootball4life says: Jul 30, 2013 2:06 PM

    “So who catches the ball on a must have 3rd and long when Torrey and Jacoby can’t get open? Ravens fan, but realist.”

    I agree with moagecu but I’ll add Streeter. With his size I really want him to show his game. Also heard with the NFL’s best “road paver” in Leach coming back they might try Juszczyk in the slot for certain packages.

  22. scoobies05 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:15 PM

    who catches passes on the steelers on any down

  23. Advanced Strength Training Programs says: Jul 30, 2013 2:31 PM

    I have no idea how this team goes 8-8 but the Ravens are well run, so they get the benefit of the doubt

  24. barbasol11111111 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:12 PM

    You define pressure differently when you are responsible for raising your brothers and sisters when you are a kid yrself (without resorting to illegal acts)

    Being a #1 receiver is nothing compared to the stuff this guy has already accomplished

  25. jtbsteeler says: Jul 30, 2013 4:26 PM

    Ike was hurt in the second game. Hurt, like Pitta….

  26. rottenbellybutton says: Jul 30, 2013 6:27 PM

    Do the steelers have a #1 wr? I was sure he moved on to greener pastures down in Miami. I’m sure d-backs are gonna be trembling at the thought of brown, sanders, cotchery, plax and a rookie named wheaton. Better hope heath makes a full recovery cause we all know spaeth is worthless when it comes to catching passes.

  27. jmblosser82 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:04 PM

    Brown was comparable to Wallace, 4 more catches, 80 less yards, 3 less TDs. If sanders steps up, brown and sanders will have respectable #’s. yes missing Heath will suck, but next man up isn’t exclusive to the ravens. I wouldn’t call miami(at the time he signed)a better place, altho the current events puts the pats in a bad place.

  28. stoogy says: Jul 31, 2013 11:48 AM

    Steeler have one of the worst recieving squads in the NFL. Doesn’t help that their QB is trash as well. Most overrated QB in NFL history.

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