Bills QB/WR Brad Smith has been exclusively lining up at quarterback during the OTA practices. On Thursday and then again on Friday Smith lined up at receiver for the first time this offseason. HC Chan Gailey insists the team has a specific approach for the multi-faceted Smith.
“There is a plan,” said Gailey. “It’s not like we just flip a coin and decide what he does each day. We worked him at quarterback, which we needed him to do that. He’ll go into the season, unless something major changes which I don’t foresee, he’ll be the third quarterback so he’s got to have enough quarterback knowledge to get you out of a game. He’s a very good special teams player and can line up and do that. He can play receiver and help us there. So there are a lot of things.”
The full offseason has afforded the offensive coaching staff of expanding their plans for Smith in the team’s Wildcat package, something that wasn’t available to them with Smith’s late summer signing last year.
“We’ve yet to put in a Wildcat, which we’ll do and he’ll do that,” said Gailey of Smith. “It’s great that he can do so many things. It may hurt him in some respects because he doesn’t lock in on one thing, but for our football team he helps us tremendously by being a very versatile player to help us in a lot of areas.”