Before he took off, he was asked about
In his second
But on Tuesday, he hyped Smith as a "complete" wide receiver.
"I've seen Torrey Smith get scouted as a guy that just goes deep," Rice, now an elder statesman, said. "That's what the scouting report was: 'Let's defend the deep ball.' But, then I've seen Torrey Smith run intermediate routes. I've seen Torrey Smith line up in the slot. That's what you call a complete No. 1 receiver."
Rice said that Smith benefited from watching Boldin, the team's leading receiver in 2012, for two years and took "pieces" of his game "and put them all together" to become that complete receiver.
He raved about Smith's work ethic, saying that he has trouble keeping up with the 24-year-old whenever they train together. Smith is always the first to do something and he always competes.
With Boldin gone, the Ravens will need Smith to step up and take charge on the field. Besides
Smith profiles as the new go-to guy, though, and Rice certainly seems to think Smith is up for that challenge in Year Three.
"Now, we have to find the rest of our guys to kind of mold around him," Rice said before walking off in his black pajama pants.