Brad Smith does it again

By Marc A. Greenberg

The New York Jets sure are lucky to have Brad Smith.

In case you were watching the end of the New York Giants – Philadelphia Eagles game yesterday, you missed Jets kick returner Brad Smith opening the game by taking the kick-off 97 yards for a TD.  It marked the first time the Jets have opened a game with a kickoff return for a touchdown since Leon Washington returned a kick 86 yards for a score against the Washington Redskins in 2007.

For Smith, it was the second kick returned for a touchdown this season and the third of his career. Smith, at 29.1 yards per kickoff, this season, sure is a pro-bowler in Rex Ryan’s eyes.  “If Brad Smith doesn’t make the Pro Bowl, it’s an embarrassment,” Ryan would say in his post-game conference.

It was the 14th kickoff return for a touchdown by the Jets since Mike Westhoff joined the club in 2001, which leads the NFL.