re-read it twice, can't find the "circus" part.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets and the Rams thought that by swapping tackles, each could salvage an underperforming player and improve in pass protection. After putting tackle Jason Smith through a crash course on the playbook and evaluating his performance in the preseason finale, the Jets proclaimed themselves satisfied with the deal.
The Jets traded Wayne Hunter to St. Louis on Monday for Smith and boiled down a month of training camp into one day for him. Smith passed his physical Tuesday, practiced Wednesday and then started at left tackle in Thursday night’s 28-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach Rex Ryan had said he would use Smith on 10 snaps, but he left him in for 33.
Smith was the first player Ryan mentioned when he discussed Thursday’s game. He said Smith and the newly named starting right tackle, Austin Howard, were impressive.
“It’s certainly not for the P.R. attention,” Ryan said, joking. “Jason, that’s kind of unique, you only had a guy for one or two meetings, you put him in there with the starting group and he plays the entire half. And he did a tremendous job.”
Smith will assume Hunter’s role as the swing tackle off the bench, also playing blocking tight end in the jumbo package.
Smith was regarded as Orlando Pace’s heir apparent at left tackle when the Rams selected him with the No. 2 pick in 2009. He struggled and was moved to right tackle after the Rams drafted Rodger Saffold in 2010. Smith was limited to 29 games in three seasons because of concussions.
The lofty expectations that burdened Smith are gone now, and he has no illusions of becoming the next, well, anyone.
“Right now, I’m just a nobody,” Smith said. “And I like it that way. It allows me to crawl, scratch, dig and have fun doing it, as opposed to being the guy.”
A few lockers over from Smith, Aaron Maybin crooned to a Motown tune, snapping his fingers and dancing while wearing a towel around his waist.
Maybin knows the feeling.
“They kind of just took the pressure off of my shoulders,” said Maybin, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2009, nine picks after Smith, and was cut twice before the Jets turned him from a bust into a bargain.
Ryan is treating Smith the way he did Maybin.
“He wanted to take all the pressure from the media and from the fans, and just let me get back to having fun,” Maybin said of Ryan, adding, “That was exactly what I needed.”
This year’s Jets are featuring new faces and implementing some rules. Smith may have had only one day to learn the playbook, but he quickly exercised the team’s vow of silence when it came to questions about the newly designed option-read offense.
“You got to play like a Jet, you got to dress like a Jet, you got to think like a Jet, so go ask Coach that question,” Smith said, sounding as if he had been with the Jets since Day 1.
re-read it twice, can't find the "circus" part.
Smith was very impressive on Thursday. Not many players can step in and perform like that with one practice and one meeting with the team.
Of course, playing against 2nd stringers helped, but he went up against quality pass rushers that will be key players for the Eagles this year, or that they are high on for the future.
Smith showed a lot, his range was impressive, showed good push in the running game, defenders seemed to bounce off of him, and I loved how after every run, he was always the first OL'n to pick up the RB from the ground, throwing off defenders to do it. This has to be what Ryan saw, it was impressive.
Smith has me as excited as any other pick-up the Jets have had so far this year, that's saying something. I love his comments in this article too, maybe the pressure was too much, let him settle down, and climb his way back to the top, this kid has a chance to eventually become the starting RT, Howard has to still perform.
Very optimistic. If this trade works out it will bring a few JETS fans (including myself) closer from jumping off the ledge!......
I'm cautiously optimistic about Smith as well. At worst, I think he'll be better than Hunter for this team so it's a positive.
Smith, Maybin, Landry, Tebow...
We're like the wayward home for castoff 1st round picks. Not even counting Cromartie because he wasn't a castoff. Did I miss anyone else?
Might as well add Holmes to that list, he's been hurt, but his work as a leader at the WR position, his attitude, and his re-commitment to the team this year has at least been very positive.
Smith is a pretty bright guy. He scored a 23 on the wonderlic. Also according to Wikipedia, "prior to his senior year, Smith graduated a year early from the school in May 2008, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in recreation." Considering most college football players dont even graduate, getting your degree a year early while starting is impressive. He sounds motivated and happy to be "just one of the guys". Looks like a good pick-up.Smith was very impressive on Thursday. Not many players can step in and perform like that with one practice and one meeting with the team.
Thanks CMart. Again
The quantity and more importantly the quality of your posts improve everyone's experience here.
Sports reporters covering our team could learn a thing or two from you.
Regarging the topic of RT , I think that things are improving and we have some degree of hope that theposition has solidified from the substraction of WFH, the promo of Howard and the move for Smith. Moore is key to the outcome.
It seems like Maybin and Smith weren't well suited to deal with the pressure of being top picks.
Like they said, they want to be "one of the guys," not "the guy."
I think Smith is highly motivated and I expect a big effort out of him this year.
I don't know why he struggled in STL. He clearly has all the physical tools. Maybe he did struggle with the expectations and things snowballed on him.
Hopefully we put him in a position to succeed and he plays well. He looked good the other night.