AFC East

Can Devin Smith be a Factor for the New York Jets Offense?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets celebrates with Devin Smith #19 of the New York Jets as he scores their second touchdown during the game against Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Devin Smith had a frustrating rookie campaign with the New York Jets due to a lack of production on the field and a season ending ACL tear to his knee. A second round pick in 2015, Smith has pressure on him to produce, but he is unsure hone he will be returning to the field this season with his rehab from his knee injury.

Smith is hoping to avoid the regular season physically unable to perform list or else he would have to miss at least the first six games of the season. Smith is not putting a timeline on when he will return to the field and is continuing to rehab hard to come back strong for the Jets this season.

Smith is confident his ACL recovery is on the right track and he will be able to contribute this season. “I feel great with everything I’m doing,” Smith said. “I’m starting to run a lot more, doing a lot more cutting and really trying to push. I have a much better idea of what I can do and can’t do right now with my running and my rehab, and that’s a good sign.”

Smith finished with nine catches and one touchdown in ten games for the Jets and knows he needs to step up and prove he was worth a second round pick. “It’s the NFL, man. Every year, every guy has a lot to prove. I have a lot to prove. I have to use all these experiences and end up being better,” stated Smith.

Smith may not be a premier factor to the Jets offense, but he is a deep threat the team needs. Smith will only add another dimension to the Jets offense if he can stay healthy and make plays the way he did during his time at Ohio State.

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