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QB Rusty Smith - Tennessee Titans

6-5, 229Born: 1-28-1987College: Florida AtlanticDrafted: Round 6, pick 2010

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2010 Week 11 vs WAS (3 / 9 / 62 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

After the first pass Smith threw, you knew he wasn't ready to contribute in this game. Smith was picked off only once, but should have been picked off three times as he threw many errant passes that were late or horribly overthrown, including a pass that had so much air under it and was easily INT'd by a WAS defender. Smith had one nice completion on a downfield seam route to Washington, but otherwise contributed very little.

2010 Week 12 vs HOU (17 / 31 / 138 / 0 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Rusty Smith had his first start Sunday against the Texans and played every bit as badly as his numbers indicate. The Texans recorded their first shut-out in 3 seasons and Smith's play was in large part to blame. Smith's throws lacked NFL level velocity and many of his misfires were on passes that floated high and slow enough to give the defenders a time to adjust their coverage. His first interception came on a pass intended for Nate Washington that hung in the air as if it had been punted. His last interception came on a deflection at the goalline on a pass thrown too low and behind his intended receiver. To be fair, the Titans receivers didn't seem all that motivated to help him. Randy Moss in particular seemed to give up on two balls thrown his way. Surprisingly, Smith showed good pocket awareness in only being sacked once despite a relentless pass rush. Otherwise, there wasn't much silver lining in Smith's 4.5 yards-per-attempt performance.