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Smith savors chance to show versatility

The Sports Xchange

--Torrey Smith is averaging 18.7 yards per catch in his rookie season and has posted four of six touchdown receptions of at least 25 yards, but the rookie wide receiver is proving that he is more than just a deep threat.

In the team's 24-10 victory over Indianapolis, Smith caught five passes for 48 yards mostly on comeback routes, averaging 9.6 yards -- his second-lowest average when making at least three grabs this season. But two of those receptions gained first downs, and Smith said afterwards that he doesn't shy away from playing the role of a possession receiver.

"It's part of being a receiver," he said. "If you think about it, I've only ran past people a few times this season, and the majority of catches are underneath. It's just something that I have the ability to do. For me, I just want to be great at every little thing. I think I'll get there learning from Anquan (Boldin) and Lee (Evans)."

--RB Ricky Williams has been employed as a change-of-pace back from Ray Rice, using his bruising, between-the-tackles style to gain 351 yards and two touchdowns on 89 carries.

Williams conceded that complementing Rice after years of being a starter was an adjustment.

"It's more of a rhythm thing, I think," Williams said. "The fact is, I've been a starter and that's really all I've been for most of my career. My style is to get a feel, to get carries. Most games that I get in the game early, I get a chance to get a feel, and I'm able to be more productive. For me in my career, it's difficult for me to be on the sideline and then run in for two plays and then run out and sit on the sideline for a quarter and then get two plays. I'm not accustomed to that. It's been an adjustment. But when I can get into a game early and get into the flow of the game, then I'm much better."

--K Billy Cundiff converted a 36-yard field goal and three extra points Sunday, but he was pulled on kickoffs in the second half in favor of P Sam Koch.

But coach John Harbaugh said Cundiff did not suffer a setback with his injured left calf.

"Not a major concern," Harbaugh said. "It's good that he'll have more rest. I think he tweaked it on Thursday. So he got through the game OK, but it started tightening up on him during the game on kickoffs. So we should get him seven more days of rest and some kicking. We probably won't kick him a lot, but he should be fine for the game."

--Sergio Kindle was active against the Colts for the first time in nine contests.

Kindle did not register a tackle on defense or special teams, but just suiting up was a departure for last year's second-round pick, who had missed last season after fracturing his skull in the offseason and had been deactivated for 11 of his first 12 contests in 2011.

"Not getting on the field and being frustrated about it is not going to help," said Kindle, who hadn't played since Oct. 2 against the New York Jets. "You've got to look at it as a positive. The coaches won't put you out there unless you're prepared. If you just work hard and continue to stay down, they'll call you when you're ready, and when they do call you, you've got to be prepared. That's what I've been doing from then until now."

4 -- The number of consecutive games Baltimore has won. Another victory would extend the Ravens' streak to five, which would be the longest since John Harbaugh became the head coach.

"What he's always done is, he's just a complete player. He plays every phase of the game at the highest level. He's not a stat guy, so to speak. He's not one-dimensional that way. He plays every facet of defense as well as I think you can play at his position, or as well as anyone is. [He's] better than everybody across the board." -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh on OLB Terrell Suggs, who is tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks (13) and tied for first in forced fumbles (six).

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