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Week 3 vs. MIA
Rushing: 3 / 41 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 11 / 0 on 1 targets
The Jets looked to get Smith involved pretty often, mostly out of their version of the Wildcat where he mostly ran the ball effectively, including on a long run where he had great blocking and seemed to have the defense frozen while they worried he might throw the ball. He did leave briefly with an injury but returned o the game later.
Week 4 vs. BUF
Passing: 1 - 1, 3 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 11 / 0
Smith was didn't make a catch during the game, in fact he didn't even see a target. Yet his contributions were fairly critical. Smith's appearances were all in the Jet version of the WildCat (known as the Seminole). He handed the ball off to LaDainian Tomlinson for a large gain, ran the ball himself hit tight end Dustin Keller in the end zone to give the Jets a 24-7 lead. It was a nice pass, high enough to where nobody but an extended Keller could make the catch.
The Jets have not had Smith (an ex quarterback) throw as often as they could and given the success Sunday, perhaps they might try more frequently as it will make it much tougher for the opposing defenses to guess what Smith will do and give the Jets' specialty package a little more flexibility.
Week 5 vs. MIN
Rushing: 2 / 4 / 0
The Jets premier athlete was sprinkled into the mix and yet again, he left his mark. This guy can run, he can throw, and he can catch. His huge kickoff return after Favre's 500th career TD stymied the Vikings momentum in the 3rd quarter and set up the Jets with fabulous field position and their 5th FG of the game. He's a threat every time he touches the ball and gives defensive coordinators something to consider when putting their game plan together. Look for the Jets to continue to give Smith a handful of plays each week, whether it's under center, in the backfield, on kickoff returns, or lined up out wide.
Week 8 vs. GB
Rushing: 3 / 12 / 0
Smith had twelve yards on three rushes with one fumble. Two of his runs were on direct snap Wildcat-esque type formations.
Week 9 vs. DET
Rushing: 2 / 8 / 0
As usual, Smith was largely relegated to kickoff returns and gadget plays. On both 'wildcat' plays, Smith ran and gained yardage but at some point teams should figure out he never throws the ball and even that impact might come to a halt.
Week 10 vs. CLE
Rushing: 5 / 39 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 1 targets
As usual, Smith was mostly used in the Jets' Wildcat package which always results in Smith running, not throwing. Despite the fact that the defense must know how rare it is to see Smith throw from this package (I can't recall it happening this year), Smith gains good yardage nearly every time, a testament to his athleticism and skill.
Week 11 vs. HOU
Rushing: 1 / 1 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 2 targets
Smith filled in a bit for Jericho Cotchery, who missed the game due to a groin injury, but was not involved much more than he normally is in his gadget plays days. Smith caught one short pass late in the first quarter on a short pass to the right. He was targeted once more on a similiar pass to the left late in the fourth but couldn't come up with the grab. Mostly Smith took direct snaps and handed the ball off to one of the backs.
Week 12 vs. CIN
Rushing: 3 / 55 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 23 / 0 on 1 targets
Smith had a huge day, gashing the Bengals on a huge 53 yard end-around run in the 3rd quarter. Then he followed it up with a 89 yard kickoff return in the 4th. Smith also made a magnificent 23 yard catch on a poorly thrown ball by Sanchez right at the end of the third quarter, that allowed the Jets to get a field goal opportunity, though the field goal was missed. The Jets know that they have to get Smith touches, and he showed that he can make things happen against the Bengals. But he still isn't enough of a regular part of the gameplan to be an every week fantasy starter.
Week 14 vs. MIA
Rushing: 2 / 1 / 0
Smith only appeared for the painfully predictable Jets Seminole/Wildcat package which always results in him running with almost no exception. It was completely inneffctive and the Dolphins --- like most of the stadium --- saw it coming a mile away and shut it down.
Week 16 vs. CHI
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 18 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Smith saw some extra snaps when Santonio Holmes was riding the pine after a fumble but saw very few targets. As is often the case, Smith is relegated to WildCat formations and ran them with his usual effectiveness. He was called upon to throw out of the formation (very unusual) and while the throw was a bit long, it wasn't bad and Braylon Edwards could have made more of a play for it.
Week 17 vs. BUF
Passing: 1 - 1, 3 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 5 / 60 / 0
Smith had an outstanding game and once again showed how much value he has for this Jets team and their playoff hopes. He began the game as QB Mark Sanchez's third down relief during his only drive as quarterback. Smith broke off two huge runs for first downs during that stretch, and his first (a 40 yard run down the sideline) showed great balance and athleticism. Smith took the snap and immediately bootlegged right. The line did a good job of sealing off the defenders and Smith took off up the right sideline. The Bills got a few hands on him, but Smith tip toed down the line for an extra fifteen or so yards before they stopped him.
Throughout the day, Smith was very effective out of the WildCat, including throwing a nice dump pass to rookie tight end Jeff Cumberland. While the Bills are a disaster defending the run, if Smith can be even half as effective out of this formation against the Colts, it could give the Jets a leg up in their contest.
Week 18 vs. IND
Rushing: 2 / 11 / 0
Smith left the game early with a quadinjury and it appeared to hamper him throughout the rest of the game. When he returned, he was largely limited to his usual Wild Cat plays, though these were nowhere near as effective as they have been in the past. Smith is a dynamic weapon for the Jets but in a very limited fashion. With a huge matchup against the Pats, it will be interesting to see if the Jets try to get one of their most explosive weapons the ball more often.