Buffalo is starting to like Brad Smith. Should this surprise anyone?
The former New York Jets QB/kick returner/receiver has just arrived in Buffalo, but already the Bills realize what they have in Smith.
“That guy’s going to be so much fun to have around here, because he gives us such a different dimension,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told SI.COM Peter King.
Said coach Chan Gailey regarding Smith’s role, “I don’t know if he’ll touch the ball four times in a game or 14. All I know is he’s going to get it a bunch.”
King reports that the Jets had wanted to bring back Smith to the team, just lost him in the shuffle when the team was negotiating with CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Tired of waiting around with no offer, Smith signed with the Bills.
Smith told King he has no regrets.
“Not at all,” Smith said. “And I saw what happened with them not re-signing Jerricho [Cotchery], Shaun [Ellis] and Braylon [Edwards]. Things were changing there. And here, this might be a Super Bowl team too.”
Buffalo plans to use Smith in a similar fashion as the Jets did, with possibly more throwing. Case in point: In practice King reports that Smith linen up in shotgun formation with four receivers, rolled to the right, faked a run and threw the ball 55 yards in the air.