The rehabilitation process for Alex Smith has taken a significant step forward. The Washington Redskins quarterback has had the external fixator, which he had worn since breaking both lower bones of his right leg last November, removed nearly eight months later.
Smith’s wife Liz made the announcement on Instagram with a picture of Smith holding the contraption that held his leg together for months. She wrote: “The last 8 months have been nothing short of crazy. Although it’s not over, today is a big milestone. We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively). It’s one step closer to the goal. The resilience, determination and mental fortitude of this man is unmatched.”
Smith has expressed optimism about his future, but the gruesome injury that snapped both his tibia and fibula has put his career in danger. The removal of the fixator is another step in a positive direction, even though he is a long way from returning to the field, the story said. The Redskins are set to begin training camp July 25 with first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins and veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy competing for the starting quarterback job.
Each time Sam Darnold drops back, he has options on every level of the field. Darnold, who, like Alex Smith, doesn’t receive enough credit for his athleticism, runs his fair share of read options and has the choice of keeping it or not. This puts stress on the defense. The pace is significantly higher than under Chan Gailey, John Morton or Bates.
Also from Connor Hughes of The Athletic, "I came away incredibly impressed with both Darnold’s arm strength and accuracy. He threw three perfect bombs to Robby Anderson (once) and Quincy Enunwa (twice) at different times during the six media-open workouts."
This faster speed of play is good news for the entire Jets offense when it comes to fantasy ceilings, and most can currently be had for very cheap. Sam Darnold averaged 13.0 fantasy points last season over 13 games and should have no trouble besting that in his sophomore year in the league. He makes for a great value stack in best-ball leagues with WR Robby Anderson and TE Chris Herndon, or a late-round redraft QB that has solid potential to outperform his ADP.
Nothing is official yet, but the team believes Smith will miss the entire 2019 season with his broken leg issues and are acting accordingly. If he’s ready, they will be pleasantly surprised. As we reported last week, there may not be a lot of great targets for the team in free agency, mostly because of cost.
He will not say the Redskins are looking for another quarterback, the rest of the tweet said. We reported earlier Tuesday from ESPN there may not be a lot of options in play for the Skins at QB anyway, mostly because of cost.