Smith also added 26 yards on seven carries and took it into the end zone himself on a bootleg from the one-yard line on the team's first drive after an Aaron Rodgers fumble created a short field. He then hit Eric Decker with a nice pass on a 29-yard touchdown to put the Jets up 14-0. After the Jets capped a 17-play drive with a Chris Ivory touchdown run early in the second quarter, Smith had trouble keeping the offense moving, and the Jets were outscored 28-3 from that point on.
Despite the two total touchdowns, it was a step back for Smith after he completed 82 percent of his passes in a Week 1 win over the Raiders. He'll look to get back on track when he faces the Bears at home on Monday night in Week 3.
Smith was 23-of-28 passing for 221 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also had 10 carries for 38 yards.
Smith's touchdown was a 5-yard pass to Chris Johnson in the second quarter. He also lost a fumble.
The Jets play at Green Bay in Week 2.
The thought of starting most quarterbacks at home against the Oakland defense has been typcially intriguing.
But perhaps not
Smith did enjoy a quietly strong preseason. He completed 23 of 33 passes for 268 yards with one touchodwn and one pick. His 91.5 quarterback rating was encouraging. But several factors weigh against sticking him in lineups, even in deeper leagues.
One is that the Raiders have bolstered their defense with the acquisitions of pass-rushing ends Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and Antonio Smith, who combined for 21 sacks last season, as well as promising outside linebacker and top draft pick Khalil Mack. These are not the same Raiders that allowed opposing quarterbacks to compile a league-high 102.4 quarterback rating in 2013.
Smith, who finished last season with 3,046 yards passing, but 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, might also be short on weapons. It's too early to determine if new wideout Eric Decker was merely the beneficiary of having Peyton Manning at quarterback or if he can thrive playing pitch-and-catch with Smith. Jeremy Kerley is starting on the other side and the Jets have no featured back. Rex Ryan has declared that he will switch off between Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.
Perhaps Smith will emerge as a viable Fantasy starter this season. But he's too big a risk at this point to trust.
"I think he's taken off from where he left off [last season]," coach Rex Ryan said after announcing the decision. "I expect great things in the future."
Smith has been working almost exclusively with the first time offense during training camp and preseason, as
Smith started all 16 games as a rookie, completing just 55.8 percent of his passes and finishing with 12 passing touchdowns to 21 interceptions.
Smith hooked up with one of his new weapons, Eric Decker, for a 27-yard connection in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Smith found an open Jace Amaro on a playaction play for a 1-yard touchdown. He compiled 137 yards through the air while completing 9 of 14 passes. He added a touchdown and no interceptions, registering a 120.2 passer rating.
Smith was named the Week 1 starter for the Jets after the game.
|5||10/5/14||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|7||10/16/14||@ NE||8:25 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/23/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ TEN||4:05 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|2013||New York Jets||16||16||443||247||55.8||3046||6.88||69||12||21||43/315||43||6||66.5|
|2014||New York Jets||2||2||60||39||65.0||397||6.62||29||2||2||3/38||6||0||81.0|
|2013||New York Jets||16||16||72||366||5.1||32||6||1||23|
|2014||New York Jets||2||2||17||64||3.8||17||1||0||6|
|2013||New York Jets||16||16||1||13||13.0||13||0||0||0||1|
|2014||New York Jets||2||2||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||New York Jets||16||8||4||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2014||New York Jets||2||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|