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Torrey Smith likes trading barbs with Steelers' Ike Taylor

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith doesn't engage in much trash talking with opposing cornerbacks.

The former Maryland standout prefers to let his play deliver a message.

In the case of talkative Pittsburgh Steelers veteran cornerback Ike Taylor, though, Smith tends to make an exception. Taylor has a knack for drawing receivers into a running conversation during games.

"I think he's a smart guy," Smith said. "He's been around for a while, so he knows what it takes to be successful. I haven't met anyone that talks as much trash as him. When I get to play him, it's always pretty fun because I'm not a guy who talks, but he gets it out of me every single time."

Smith caught one pass for seven yards last season while being shadowed by Taylor during a Ravens win last season at Heinz Field. And Smith caught three passes for 33 yards against the Steelers in a loss at M&T Bank Stadium.

"I have a lot of respect for him," said Smith, who has 28 catches for 568 yards and one touchdown this season after being held to a season-low one reception for a dozen yards in a 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. "Obviously, he's been one of the top corners in the game for a while. You know he's going to bring it, and you have to bring your 'A' game as well."

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