EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27: Jeff Smith #16 of the New York Jets smiles ahead of a game against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium on December 27, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The New York Jets have solidified depth at the wide receiver position by bringing back veteran Jeff Smith.

New York Jets wide receiver Jeff Smith was an exclusive right’s free agent this offseason, which means only the Jets could negotiate with the young weapon during free agency.

In the end, the team chose to tender him, which usually comes with a minimum salary based on NFL experience. ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported the news Wednesday morning.

Smith, 23, has spent the first two seasons of his career with the Jets after going undrafted out of Boston College.

In 2020, Smith caught 17 balls for 167 yards. The team had a plethora of injuries at the position, forcing Smith to start four contests. At the very least, the former quarterback showed there’s at least some potential there.

His 2020 debut against the Denver Broncos was also his best game of the season. Many will remember that game for Sam Darnold‘s huge touchdown run, but Smith played very well also. He turned nine targets into seven catches for 81 yards.

He wouldn’t surpass those numbers for the remainder of the season (though he had 11 targets the very next game against Arizona), but that was enough to show the New York Jets front office that there was enough potential to bring the kid back in 2021.

Jeff Smith is a good depth signing. His presence will make for good competition at the position during training camp this year.

The wide receiver position itself has been bereft of talent for years, so the hope is that he can find his way onto the 53-man roster to start the 2021 season.

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Thomas Christopher has been covering the Jets since 2018. He is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar[at]yahoo.com
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2 years ago

Jeff and Vyncent Smith return, indicates the emphasis on speed for the Jets Wide Receiving Corp With WR’s at 20 million a year , this is cheap speed. Jeff maybe even a better fit for this Offense, because Jeff s an excellent YAC guy. Interesting to se e how the Smiths respond to this coaching staff.