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Torrey Smith says he feels great after having sports hernia surgery this offseason – so good that he challenged a fan to a race.
Now he’s got his sights set on 2012.
Smith was asked by a fan whether he can picture himself going over 1,000 receiving yards next season. The Ravens haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since Derrick Mason in 2009.
Smith’s sports hernia made it difficult for him just to walk at times last year. But he didn’t want to make any excuses. He said he played through it, so there’s no room to talk.
Smith finished with 50 receptions for 841 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie season.
Asked whether he thinks he’ll be even faster next year, Smith quipped that he hopes to be like the boy from the movie, “Rookie of the Year” who slipped on a baseball, broke his arm and came back throwing fastballs by MLB hitters.
Smith, who has been a regular around the Ravens’ training complex this spring, is looking forward to having his first full offseason with the team. Last year, rookies were at a disadvantage, particularly learning the playbook, because of the lockout.
“I plan on improving in every way possible,” Smith said. “Sharpen up my mechanics and just try to be consistent. … Anybody can make a play, but to make plays consistently makes you special.”
Veteran Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin, saw definite growth over the course of the season from the rookie. Boldin took him, and the team’s other two rookie wide receivers, under his wing early on.