Washington QB Alex Smith is getting the start today for the first time in nearly two years following a devastating leg injury. But in an effort to get back to playing at a high level, Smith has been watching tape of one player in particular.
During the broadcast of the Washington-Detroit Lions game, the announcers revealed that Smith has been watching film of Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers. Apparently, Smith has been trying to get pointers on how to succeed at QB without relying on his legs.
Rivers is renown for being almost completely immobile in the pocket – even in his younger days. But that hasn’t stopped him from posting a 93.6 passer rating for the Colts this season.
Going off the early results of his performance against the Lions, it looks like Smith’s “studying” is paying off. He led Washington to a field goal in the first quarter, going 4 of 6 for 57 yards, and even adding a 5-yard run in the process.
I should clarify that this was not a direct quote from Alex but an interpretation from a booth – Brandon Gaudin and yes, Aqib Talib!
— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) November 15, 2020
Alex Smith’s comeback is on par with the best stories in NFL history.
The leg injury he suffered back in 2018 nearly cost him his life due to infections. It required over a dozen surgeries and completely shelved him for over a year.
But he was determined to make a full recovery, and over the summer he got the long-awaited news that he was cleared to return.
Whether or not Smith manages to lead Washington to any wins as a starter, he’s already a frontrunner for Comeback Player of the Year. And rightfully so.
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