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Torrey Smith: 49ers Won't Shy Away from Seattle Secondary

Torrey Smith has quite the Wednesday morning routine.

After the San Francisco 49ers arrives at the SAP Performance Facility, the wide receiver does his weekly radio appearance on the KNBR Morning Show, then he has breakfast, catches 250 footballs from a jugs machine and finishes with some stretching before meetings and practice.

Smith shed light on his ritual, plus his thoughts on last week's game in Carolina and this week's opportunity in Seattle when speaking with KNBR's Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey.

Sunday's matchup with the Seattle Seahawks certainly has Smith's attention.

"There's always a little extra edge when it's in the division," the sixth-year pro said. "We understand how important this game is, but we prepare hard, the same way every week.

"We have to go out there and get it done because it is a hard place to play."

Smith said he's fully aware that Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will be following him throughout the game.

"I know that's who my matchup will be," Smith said. "I'll be ready. We don't shy away from it at all. We're just going to play ball."

Smith will look to build on his 28-yard touchdown catch against the Panthers in Week 2.

He explained his thought process on the second-quarter score:

"You see the coverage, and the only thing I was worried about was the guy on the other side of the field might have be open, which is what happened in the preseason like three or four times," Smith shared. "(Gabbert) goes through his progressions and the two other guys are open first and the ball doesn't get to me, but in the game he got to me and I was like, 'Man, we finally got it.' We talked about it and worked on it a little extra."

Smith was rather candid when discussing how he builds chemistry with Gabbert. San Francisco's top wideout caught three passes for 55 yards on 10 targets against the Panthers.

"It always boils down to execution," Smith began. "Everything is not going to be perfect at times, so we have to help him out, and he's also going to have to give us a chance at times, too. Our team is going to go as our passing game goes. That's the reality of it. That's the NFL in 2016. You can have an amazing defense all day, but you're going to have to be able to throw the ball. We have guys who can run the ball, so we have get on the same page offensively in the passing game to strengthen that up. Once we get that going the way it should be, we should be perfectly fine."

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Smith took the blame for the second of Gabbert's second-half interceptions. The veteran pass-catcher said Panthers rookie cornerback James Bradberry stopped at the first-down marker, causing Smith to trip over the defender's feet.

"No one is going to talk about that, but that's my fault," Smith said. "I'll take the blame for that because I shouldn't have tripped."

Smith remained optimistic about his chances to shine as the team's top target in the passing game.

"There are things we'll work on, and we'll get it right," he said. "There are things I've got to capitalize on when I get my chance."

At 1-1 with a key game this Sunday, Smith and the 49ers have a chance to stay atop the NFC West and pick up their second win in the division.

Moving on from the Panthers game is a must.

"It's always disappointing when you lose," Smith said. "I'm not a sore loser, but I hate losing, like with a passion. You don't work hard to fail, and that's what it is when you lose.

"We didn't play good enough to win. We weren't consistent enough. That's what we're going to have to do to win football games, be consistent. You're definitely hopeful because as bad as it was as bad as we were playing at times we never were really out of the game until the very end. That's something you can build on. We know what we have to do."

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