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Ravens looking to get past early struggles of Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones

It was the kind of uneven performance that upset Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith enough that he took to social media Sunday night to declare himself sickened by how he played.

A day after Smith dropped an accurate fourth-down throw from Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco behind Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler in the final minute of a 20-13 loss, coach John Harbaugh said the team wants to get the former Maryland standout involved in the offense.

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In the final year of his rookie contract with no deal imminent, according to sources, Smith has caught just 11 passes for 176 yards and one touchdown on 30 targets. Smith has drawn an NFL-high five pass interference penalties, but he is on pace to finish with 35 catches for 563 yards and three touchdowns.

"No harsher critic of Torrey than Torrey, and that's maybe too much," Harbaugh said of Smith, who caught three passes for 38 yards on eight targets against the Colts with two dropped passes. "He's very conscientious, very hard worker, really wants to do well. We need him to do well and want him to do well, too. It is a focus to get Torrey going. We're working to do that.

"I'm very confident we can get that done. We get Torrey going, it's going to be a big plus for us. You're right. He's drawing a lot of penalties. He had a couple plays in this game. He had a couple more I'm sure he wants to make."

Meanwhile, Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones is dealing with struggles of his own.

Jones has dropped five passes this season and has just four catches for 50 yards, including a season-high 30-yard reception against the Colts. However, Jones also muffed a 45-yard punt from the Colts' Pat McAfee in the first quarter when he misplayed the ball and then was unable to get out of the way in time as it glanced off of him and was recovered by Indianapolis safety Colt Anderson.

"He got a late start on it," Harbaugh said. "That was really the kind of ball we were looking for on that call. If we go catch that ball, it might score. That's the thing that Jacoby is just kicking himself about.

"He must not have seen it come off his foot because he just got a late start. Then he got in that no-man's land and tried do the smart thing and the safe thing and get away from it, and he was just too close to it."

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