“In my mind, the game is so slow right now. I’m not playing super-fast,” he said as the Jets broke minicamp in June. “I’m actually taking my time out there. I’m not rushing things.”
Not in a hurry, Smith made fewer mistakes. He got rid of the ball on time and delivered with accuracy while limiting the turnovers. While last spring he struggled at times with interceptions in the red zone, this year he cashed in with touchdowns.
"The ball might come out faster, but it’s a result of me actually thinking faster and moving slower with my body if that makes sense,” he said. “So the release is quick and the ball gets out fast, but to me it’s like everything’s moving in slow-mo.”
Smith, who took first-team reps all spring, has a full year under his belt with both offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and quarterbacks coach Kevin Patullo, the story pointed out. As a backup last year, Smith believes he benefited from watching a unit that set a franchise unit record for total offense with 5,925 yards. Last year's starter Ryan Fitzpatrick remains unsigned and the team drafted Christian Hackenberg, so right now Smith is penciled in as the starter. He's ranked just 29th on our list and doesn't have an ADP. With weapons around him, Smith could end up with QB2 fantasy value if he can prove to be more consistent.