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The Buffalo Bills signed Brad Smith to a multi-year contract because of the versatility that he brought to the Bills offense. I don't know exactly what has happened, but it appears that Smith is either in the dog house or has stopped trying to be a part of the team.
The Bills had been regularly going to Smith to run the Wildcat offense during the first five or six games of the season, whenever they were faced with a 3rd-and-short or 4th-and-short situation. Now, for some mysterious reason, whenever the Bills are faced with those situations, they don't bring him in any longer to run the Wildcat.
The strange thing is that he was converting those opportunities at a very successful ratio. Today, with the ball at the 1-yard line, the Bills had two chances to score a touchdown, and that would have been a good opportunity for Smith to come in.
Instead, the Bills handed the ball off to C.J. Spiller, who seemed to ease up towards the goal line, and the Bills were stopped short.
Then, we turn to Smith and the kickoff return game. In 2010, Smith was ranked No. 5 in the NFL, as he had 50 kickoff returns for a total of 1,432 yards, which is an average of 28.6 yards per return. The Jets were No. 1 in kick returns in 2010, and they are still No. 1 in 2011 despite losing Smith to the Bills. Joe McKnight is leading the Jets and is also leading the NFL.
It appears that Smith's kick return ability was more a product of the system in New York than it was individual ability. In four kickoff returns today, as the Dolphins were kicking the ball short, Smith's returns brought the ball out to the 18-, 17- and the 20-yard line. The one good return he had was called back due to a penalty.
Finally, we turn to the Brian Moorman punt that was blocked. Smith is lined up in the spot in front of Moorman to protect him from somebody getting through the line. Today, Smith allowed Chris Clemons to come in untouched, leading to Moorman's punt being blocked, which resulted in an easy touchdown for Miami. Clearly, Smith was asleep on the play and was going through the motions. Time to earn your paycheck, Brad.