The 23-year-old, taken No. 39 out of West Virginia by the Jets in 2013, was recently ranked the worst starting QB in the league according to a recent ESPN survey, which polled 26 coaches and personnel executives for their 32 projected starting quarterbacks this season.
Smith finished last but has looked like he's already showing improvements so far in training camp. In fact, Michael Vick, who is competing with Smith for that starting spot, said last week that Smith will be the Jets' starting QB this season.
For now, Smith said in the report that he is just trying to keep in mind the names of a few already-great quarterbacks to help himself improve:
"Guys improve all the time. I've been watching football all my life. I've seen Peyton Manning grow up in this league. I've seen Tom Brady grow up in this league. I've seen Drew Brees. The main thing with all those guys, they're hard workers and diligent. Those are the things I try to do, too."
- Marc Weinreich