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Boldin was also a strong voice in the locker room and a teacher to second-year wide receiver Torrey Smith, who will likely become Flacco’s top target in 2013.

“Definitely shocked,” Smith said of the deal. “You lose a great guy, a great leader. A mentor. All of that.”

Smith was more concerned about being in the huddle without Boldin than taking over as the Ravens’ top pass-catching threat.

“It’s not so much about football when you lose someone like that, someone you love like a brother and would do anything for you,” Smith said.

Boldin spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with Arizona, which lost the 2009 Super Bowl to Pittsburgh. In that game, Boldin caught eight passes for 84 yards.

He came to Baltimore in a trade before the 2010 season. The team reached the playoffs during all three of his seasons with the Ravens.

“A veteran like that, you lose a lot,” Jones said. “You learn a lot of routes from him, moves, what he sees. He passed that on to us.”

The Ravens knew changes were coming, so the deal didn’t come as a total shock.

“Not necessarily surprised,” Flacco said. “You see things like this happen every year in the NFL. It’s just the nature of the business. … Now we’ve got to put some faith in our young guys and hope they step up to the table and play the way they’re capable of playing.”