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Usually laid-back Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith channels anger against Saints

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith tries to elude the tackle of New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro in the fourth quarter.
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith tries to elude the tackle of New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro in the fourth quarter. (Chuck Cook / USA Today Sports)

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is known for his easygoing personality, rarely displaying much emotion on the football field.

The former Maryland standout broke from his normal routine Monday night during a 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as he was much more animated than usual.

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Smith was shoving defensive backs after plays and was noticeably angry when Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis tackled him after a reception and then shoved his helmet into the turf with his forearm.

"I'm a guy that I keep everything in," Smith said. "I try not to let people know if I'm mad. If I'm happy, I'm always cheesing and smiling. That's me, but I try to keep everything inside. I don't want to let it throw off my game, but I was a little bit [mad]. It probably happens a few times a year. I can guarantee two times a year with the Steelers.

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"But more so than anything, it's not that I'm not passionate or anything, it's just that I keep [composed]. When I line up, I still want to dominate the person across from me. I want to score every single time I touch it. I don't have to be an aggressor outwardly after the play for everyone to think that way. No, I play to score and touch the ball."

Regardless of his mood, Smith was effective. He caught five passes for 98 yards on six targets in one of his better all-around games of the season. He also blocked well downfield for running back Justin Forsett. In the final year of his rookie contract, Smith has caught 32 passes for 544 yards and six touchdowns.

"I've had plenty of those games, so to me, it was just a good game, no more, no less," Smith said. "So, hopefully we can get some more."

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