When the Buffalo Bills signed receiver/quarterback Brad Smith before the 2011 season there were multiple bright sides from the move. Not only did the Bills take a play maker from their AFC East rival, the New York Jets, they were also able to add a play maker to their own roster.
Smith has spent his career as a play maker at multiple positions, moving from quarterback, to receiver, and even taking kick returns. He will looking to do even more of that next season as the team will be counting on him to make plays all season long.
The former Jet made plays in multiple facets of the game for Buffalo last season, and while his numbers weren’t huge, he was always a threat on the field.
Rushing- 20 attempts for 87 yards and one touchdown
Receiving- four receptions for 44 yards and 0 touchdowns
Kick Return- 15 kick returns for 282 yards and 0 touchdowns
Having a second year under his belt in Chan Gailey’s offense can only be a positive for Smith, as he will most likely be looking to have an expanded role, especially under center.
While Smith was only 0-1 under center last season for the Bills, it is possibly that he could have more opportunities and passing chances next year from the sounds of how Gailey is planning to use him.
“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,” said Gailey of Smith in the quarterback position.
While he will be the third quarterback listed, it is likely that he will be getting more shots under center than last year, this time in the “wildcat” role.
“We still plan to use it,” Gailey said on the wildcat system. ”We had to get out of it last year when Brad had to go play wide receiver for a time. You don’t have time to work on that all the time. But when we had it we thought it was a viable option for us during the course of a ball game. So we’re going to keep it. We’re going to keep working with it and the better Brad gets at quarterback, now he’s a threat to throw it and run it and that helps your Wildcat.”
It will be exciting from a fan perspective to see Smith in this expanded role, and I have high hopes that he will continue to make plays in Western New York for a long time to come.
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