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TRIPLE THREAT: Former college quarterback Brad Smith has been used by the Jets at that position, as a receiver and on special teams. He'll do it again Sunday against the Dolphins.October 13, 2006 -- Sometimes potential can be as intimidating to an opponent as actual proven performance.In the case of Jets rookie Brad Smith, it's the possibilities he possesses every time he steps onto the field that has opposing defenses yelling out things like, "Sixteen is in the game; watch out for something here!"It's an awful lot of fuss over a converted college quarterback who's rushed for 29 yards on five carries and caught three passes for all of 5 yards in the NFL.There is much more to come from Smith, whom the Jets have used as a receiver, as a quarterback and on special teams.That's why you can bet the Dolphins have spent a good amount of film time analyzing ways to make sure Smith doesn't go long on them Sunday at Giants Stadium.

Smith certainly has the attention of his teammates.

"The boy is a game-breaker," Laveranues Coles said. "He is a game-changer. Every time he steps onto the field, teams have to respect where he's at. He can run, throw, catch; he can do it all. He reminds me of the way they used (Antwaan) Randle El over in Pittsburgh (before Randle El went to Washington via free agency). I never clocked him in the 40, but Brad looks a little bit faster."He's a great athlete. He's a star in the making."Instant energy is what Smith brings to the Jets' offense every time he gets into the game. He's a threat to score every time he touches the ball, evidenced by some eye-opening preseason plays: a long catch-and-run TD he scored in Washington and a broken-play run for the game-winning TD against the Eagles.

Preseason is when Jets LB Matt Chatham first truly noticed Smith.

"I take it back to that last preseason game," Chatham said. "A lot of the veterans were out of the game and that can be a boring time. But it was entertaining to just sit and watch Brad. All of us were up off the bench and lining the sideline because Brad was so exciting to watch."

Safety Kerry Rhodes called Smith "an electric player.""Whenever he steps onto the field he can make something happen," Rhodes said. "It's great our coaching staff is using him the way they are and not holding him back because he's young."There's a reason for that. Smith has been productive virtually every time he's out there."Pretty much every time he's come in he's done something pretty important for us, as far as picking up first downs," TE Chris Baker said. "He has potential to take it all the way as he did in preseason. When he comes into the game it definitely gives the offense a little shot in the arm and at the same time it puts the defense on edge."

The Jets will expand Smith's role as the season goes along. All the while, he can be used effectively as a decoy.Eric Mangini said when the Jets drafted Smith out of Missouri with the idea of converting him to receiver, the coach knew he wanted to create some versatility. He probably didn't figure Smith would come along so quickly.The more Smith rotates in as a receiver the less he'll be targeted as a gadget-play guy."He plays enough receiver, true receiver, that when he does do some other things, he doesn't come into the game just for that one purpose," Mangini said. "He's done a nice job carving out a niche in both areas (offense and special teams)."

Chad Pennington called Smith "definitely a special athlete."

"He is a guy that is very exciting with the ball in his hands," Pennington said. "Anyone who holds 69 conference and NCAA records as a football player in college is a pretty exciting player, and that speaks a lot. We're excited to have him here. He does present different issues for the defense and he gives us different ways to be multiple and to exploit the defense and use him creatively, and he's done a good job so far."

Said Chatham: "It's the unknown. He's one of those unknown commodity guys."


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Too bad the Jets can't find quality players like that in the 1st round.

That is why i am not crazy about any players that are taken in first round. Overhyped, political crap, big money, thinking first round is a first step of reaching on Heaven, and something i fail to recognize.

Jets need to stay away top 12 annually to get humbly talented players.

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