Jets wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell discussed the way second year wide receiver Devin Smith has grown while he recovers from a torn ACL. Hat tip to Connor Hughes.
“This offseason has given him a chance to develop,” Dorrell said outside the Jets locker room Wednesday. “I think that will help him when he gets back on the field.”
“From a knowledge standpoint, he knows our offense about as well as anyone,” Dorrell said. “I think it was different a year ago at this time. He knows everything, it’s just a matter of him knocking the rust off and getting used to how we do things and the speed.
“Once that happens, it shouldn’t be a long period of time for him to get himself going.”
I don't know that it is necessarily going to come easily for Smith. There are a number of physical things in his game that need refining, things that prevented him from producing a year ago.
I heard a lot of blame going to Ryan Fitzpatrick for Smith's lack of production. It makes sense on paper. Smith is supposed to be a deep threat. Fitzpatrick didn't have a strong arm. A+B=C.
I'm not sold on that idea. Yes, Fitzpatrick did miss some throws in Smith's direction, but from what I watched, Smith struggled to gain consistent separation. Hopefully he gets back onto the field soon