Wilbert Montgomery is running backs coach for Baltimore, but he has taken a particular interest in young Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith.

It's an interest inspired by Montgomery's nine-year stay in St. Louis as a Rams assistant coach under Dick Vermeil and Mike Martz. Not to mention his time watching Torry Holt do his thing on the practice field, and on game day.

"I'm always talking to Torrey because I always compare him with another Torry," Montgomery said. "I always say, 'Torry Holt would do this. Torry Holt would catch this ball this way.' I'm always telling him about our Torry (in St. Louis)."

Montgomery has talked to Smith so much about Holt, some of it's rubbing off.

"This kid's got the same work ethic," Montgomery said. "He works hard. He'll run every day. He'll take every rep. The best of Torrey Smith has yet to be seen because he is still growing into his position."

A second-round draft pick out of Maryland in 2011, Smith is quickly establishing himself as one of the NFL's best deep threats.

In 2011, Smith set franchise rookie records for receptions (50), reception yards (841) and touchdowns (seven). Five of those seven TDs covered at least 25 yards. His numbers were almost identical this season with 49 catches for 855 yards and eight TDs. His per-catch average of 17.4 was fourth-best in the NFL this season, and his 12 catches of 25 yards-plus tied for seventh best in the league.

Smith, who says he has been timed as fast as 4.26 seconds in the 40-yard dash, hasn't slowed down in the playoffs with nine catches for 198 yards and two TDs, averaging 22.0 yards a catch.

So does Smith ever grow weary of hearing Montgomery talk to him about Holt?

"I love hearing it because Torry Holt was one of the better receivers to play this game," Smith said. "Even in our conference in college, that's a guy I have a lot of respect for."