Earlier this week, Smith told ESPN.com that he believes he will be a top-5 quarterback within the next two years while Pace told the New York Daily News that the Jets have the best defense. Milliner then added to the Daily News that he believes he’s the best cornerback in the NFL.
Despite the high expectations, Smith says the goals are normal for any NFL team.
“I think every team in the league has got those same goals and aspirations,” he said. “That’s the reason why we play the game. That’s the reason why we practice hard. Like I said, we have confidence in ourselves.”
Smith made sure to pump the brakes, though. He may enjoy hearing the high expectations, but he knows the path to the playoffs won’t be easy and there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done.
“I like hearing it but you’ve got to walk the fine line,” noted the second year gunslinger. “You’ve got to understand, like I said, it takes a lot of hard work. In order to be a good team in this league you’ve got to be very disciplined. You’ve got to do a ton of things right.”
Not much went right for the Jets on Tuesday at practice. The offense struggled and several receivers dropped passes. Four players –– David Nelson, Bilal Powell, Ras-I Dowling and Colin Anderson –– didn’t finish practice due to injury.
Even with the rough practice, Smith says he’s not upset.
“I wouldn't say frustrated, no, not at all,” the Jets’ QB said. “That’s the reason why we practice. Some days the defense will have the upper hand. They’ve been game planning too. They’ve been practicing hard too.”
The team took a mandatory day off on Monday and some speculated that the day off was the reason for the poor practice. Smith isn’t making any excuses.
“I hope not,” Smith said. “We don’t want to make excuses. Every guy’s got to be accountable. That’s the reason why we do pushups. When we have those mistakes, the reminder is for us to do pushups and we hate the fact that we had to do a few too many today. But, I fully expect us to clean up on those things and get better at it tomorrow.”