The report says last season, Smith led all NFL players in the most targets and routes run on passes that travel over 20 yards in the air. He was targeted 34 times on such passes.
Of the 130 passes thrown Smith's way last year, 26 percent came on passes that went over 20 yards in the air. Where Smith has to become more of complete receiver is on the shorter passes. Last season, Smith had 39 catches on throws that traveled 10 yards or less in the air, which ranked 71st among all NFL players.
Marlon Brown, a undrafted rookie, had one more reception on those shorter passes than Smith in 2013.
Smith told Sports Illustrated that veteran wideout Steve Smith has been hammering home the importance of "coming back to the ball on a consistent basis."
Smith caught 65 balls for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns last year.
"Everybody knows I want to be in Baltimore for the long haul," Smith told the Baltimore Sun. "Even when my playing days are long gone, I'll still be here. It's something I'm looking forward to. I'm pretty sure and hopeful that it will be able to happen one day. It's a business. I'm not losing any sleep wondering what's going to happen contractually."
Smith had a career-best 1,128 yards on 65 catches last season with four touchdowns.
"Joe has communicated that through texts, and Torrey [Smith] has told me that they have a session planned and are trying to work out the dates," coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings. "I'll be looking forward to seeing how it goes. It is important. It's big."
Flacco's receiving corps includes
"I know the coach wants him long term," Harbaugh said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.
|P2||8/16/14||@ DAL||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/28/14||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/14||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
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|12||11/24/14||@ NO||8:30 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
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