Today we continue our series of evaluating how each player on the Jets performed this past season, along with looking forward to what their role on the team will be next year…up today, Mr. Do everything, Brad Smith
Stat Line – 38 carries, 299 yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 passing touchdown, 7 receptions, 44 yards, 28.6 per kick return, 2 touchdowns.
Playoff Stat Line – 2 receptions, 25 yards, 2 carries, 11 yards
Best Moment – I couldn’t choose between his two kick returns for a touchdown this season. The one against Pittsburgh to start the game was a huge play that helped the Jets end an ugly two game losing streak, but how could you ignore the shoeless touchdown? Run them both back…
Best Game – Smith scored a pair of touchdowns in the Jets Thanksgiving night victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, including the above kick return and one on a 53 yard reverse.
Overall Evaluation – Smith continued to further his reputation as one of the most versatile players in the NFL, providing the Jets a valuable weapon on both offense and special teams. He routinely provided big plays out of their “Tiger” formation and has turned into one of the best kick returners in the league. The only disappointing aspect of Smith’s game is how he has never really developed as a wide receiver. (A-)
Future – Smith is a restricted free agent in this hazy off-season. The Jets placed a second round tender on him. If the rules stay similar to what they were previously, I have a hard time seeing the Jets matching an offer if somebody wants to give him Josh Cribbs type money. However, if the Jets can get him back at a reasonable price I wouldn’t be surprised to see him return.