QB Troy Smith - Free Agent
|6-0, 220||Born: 7-20-1984||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 5, pick|
2010 Week 8 vs DEN (12 / 19 / 196 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 2 / 1 rush)
arly in the game, San Francisco did not trust Troy Smith with the ball much in key situations and treated him like a delicate rookie coming out of the draft. He started off as a game manager style QB, handing the ball off to Gore up the middle more often than doing anything else. Smith showed his arm and high velocity throws on several slants over the middle that were well timed, but did little else outside of that in the first half. He often had only one or two reads before he tucked the ball and stared down his receiver a lot. Smith did look very comfortable when he was allowed to roll out of the pocket and made some accurate throws when he did not have the threat of instant pressure. On one roll out, he was able to pump fake the unblocked defender to jump and then hit Crabtree on a well-placed comeback route. For most of the game, he was not a threat to beat the Broncos through the air and they could key on Frank Gore. Late in the game however, Smith showed another dimension to his game and the 49ers took the protective chains off him. Smith hit his favourite target on the day Walker, over the middle on a perfectly in stride route. Smith threw a perfect fade pass to Crabtree over the CB's head took advantage of one on one coverage. His most memorable play came on a playaction. He rolled out of the pocket and threw a pass off his back foot late over the middle that looked almost like a punt and which should have easily been intercepted. Instead, Walker bailed out his QB by making a terrific jump ball catch and left Smith's day intact as fairly successful.
2010 Week 10 vs STL (17 / 28 / 356 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
It wasn't perfect, as Mike Singletary admitted himself, but Troy Smith delivered a memorable performance on Sunday for the desperate 49ers. Smith distributed the ball really well on screens, quick passes and most notably, deep down the field. Smith showed the kind of physical tools that had the Ravens so excited about him being their starting quarterback two years ago. Smith completed a terrific deep pass early to Josh Morgan for a 65 yard gain. He was most effective off the play action rollout look, often looking to find his tight ends running deep down the sideline. Smith played with a great deal of poise, and although he spent a beat too long in the pocket at times, he never did anything to hurt his team. Smith came up in the clutch as well, converting a 4th and 18 with less than 3 minutes remaining in the game. His touchdown pass to Crabtree to take the lead was fired in to the receiver with precision and accuracy. Smith has a lot to be proud of and the 49ers may have found their answer at quarterback.
2010 Week 11 vs TB (16 / 31 / 148 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 45 / 0 rush)
Smith struggled throughout the game, but didn't get much help from his offensive line. He was sacked six times, threw an interception and faced pressure in the pocket all game long against one of the weaker pass rushes in the NFL. Tampa Bay completely shut down the 49ers rushing attack as well, but Smith showed his quickness and athletic ability on a number of runs out of the pocket.
2010 Week 12 vs ARI (11 / 23 / 129 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Smith was back to a similar form that we saw from him in week 8 & 10 as he led his squad to an easy win on Monday night. He essentially played within himself and let the game come to him while leaning heavily on the ground game from the get go. Through the air he was a little erratic under pressure but he was elusive at times putting his athletic abilities on display. Smith had one stand out play on a terrific play-action TD toss, hitting Crabtree right on the money deep over the middle early on in the contest. The Cards looked lifeless from that point on and the 49ers ground game took over. His INT came from a tipped ball so overall Smith had a very solid game for SF.
2010 Week 13 vs GB (10 / 25 / 194 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 28 / 0 rush)
It was a pretty bad day overall for Troy Smith. Early in the game he had tunnel vision for Michael Crabtree and he did manage to hook up with Vernon Davis on a 66 yard TD play that helped keep hope alive for the Niners as they headed into halftime only down 14-13 despite having a fairly poor offensive display. Smith was under a lot of pressure throughout the game and was sacked 4 times in the process. Credit the Packers defense and some pretty cold weather but San Fran had a hard time putting drives together. The game was actually 21-16 about midway thru the 3rd but Smith simply could not keep the San Fran offense moving. The running game was not much help either. Smith tried to find other targets late when the Niners were pretty much finished for the day. His main focus was Crabtree and Vernon Davis and that seems normal as those are the best targets the Niners have right now.
2010 Week 16 vs STL (7 / 19 / 153 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)
Troy Smith flashes the kind of potential he has from time to time, but the windows are fleeting and shut quickly, often to be replaced by poor decisions, underthrown passes and overall poor quarterback play. Smith made some nice plays in this game, including a great improvisational throw to avoid defenders and loft a pass up to Vernon Davis. However, the negatives far outweighed the positives as Smith was hassled by the Rams defense and just looked skittish in the pocket. Overall, it was not an inspiring performance.
2009 Week 14 vs DET (2 / 3 / 10 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 1 rush)
Troy Smith came in to mop up the remaining playing time in a big blowout for the Ravens over the Detroit Lions in Week 14. Smith ran a touchdown in himself in the final period, running around the right side and going in untouched for a 15-yard score. Smith only threw the ball three times as he was mostly concerned with keeping the clock running and handing the ball off to his running backs.
2009 Week 15 vs CHI (2 / 4 / 10 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 17 / 0 rush)
Smith got in early for a few option snaps, and then came in for mop-up duty. He was very late on one of his throws and got it broken up, and he underthrew a ball in the red zone for his INT. Smith didn't flash anything as a QB to suggest that he deserves a longer look by another team in this game.
2008 Week 8 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 43 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Smith ran three times for 13 yards and completed a trick pass play to Joe Flacco for 43 yards on his only passing attempt. It appears the Ravens are planning on using Smith and his mobility in the Joshua Cribbs (Browns) and Ronnie Brown (Dolphins) mismatched formations mold.
2008 Week 9 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Smith was used a couple of times on option plays but did not attempt to throw the ball. Whenever he came in the entire offense looked confused as he did not have a headset in his helmet.
2008 Week 13 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)
Smith came in for a handful of plays with the wildcat formation. He handed off a couple of times and also run the ball for minimal gains.
2008 Week 16 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Troy Smith entered the game for a total of two plays. On each of the plays he lined up at quarterback and Joe Flacco lined up at receiver. Each play turned out to be a handoff, with Smith running the option on the first play.
2008 Week 17 vs JAX (1 / 2 / 25 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Smith came in late in the fourth quarter and was relegated to handing off to end the game.
2008 Week 18 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Smith came in for one series on a third down play, but came up short on a designed running play.
2007 Week 14 vs IND (3 / 5 / 33 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 1 rush)
Smith made his NFL debut and looked decent doing so. He looked confident and aggressive on his throws, and even ran in a late score on a scramble.
2007 Week 15 vs MIA (5 / 11 / 49 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Smith entered the game late in the fourth quarter when starter Kyle Boller suffered a mild concussion. Smith was efficient on his two drives. The first went for a game typing field goal, while the second set up a Matt Stover 44 yard attempt to win the game in overtime. Smith had an affinity for Mark Clayton, as five of his 11 attempts when to Clayton.
2007 Week 16 vs SEA (16 / 33 / 199 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 25 / 0 rush)
Smith started slowly and suffered from inaccuracy throughout, but still showed some signs that he might have what it takes to be an NFL quarterback. He leaned heavily on his starting wide receivers for his targets. Derrick Mason was the main beneficiary, with ten looks, including the Ravens only score of the game on a 79 yard bomb late in the fourth quarter. Smith showed decisiveness in the passing game, and didn't hesitate to pull the ball down and scramble. He had a hard time protecting the football, though, as he lost two separate fumbles.
2007 Week 17 vs PIT (16 / 27 / 171 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 23 / 0 rush)
Smith made the second start of his young career. He looked strong and capable while making plays with both his arm and his feet. He rushed for first downs on both a third and ten and a third and 11 situation. Smith also saw a handful of his passes deflected but luckily they were not picked off. Smith was clobbered by LB James Harrison after a handoff but shook it off and did not miss a play in the game. Harrison was flagged for unnecessary roughness.