Smith stopped walking. He smiled.
“Come to think of it,” he said, “nobody has asked me about my speed since we got on the field. That’s funny. I never thought of it. I haven’t heard the question since the day I signed here.”
Smith agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Eagles on March 9 after two seasons in San Francisco during which he caught a total of 53 passes and scored seven touchdowns. His production with the 49ers was far from when Smith played in Baltimore and scored 30 touchdowns in four seasons, averaging almost 17 yards per reception.
So, naturally, when Smith signed in Philadelphia, he faced a torrent of questions about his speed. Did he still have it? Could Smith still stretch defenses?
“I understood the questions, because San Francisco was so up and down for me and for everyone,” said Smith, who played for two coaches, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly, and won a total of eight games in two years. “I take full responsibility for what happened there. The last two years were what they were, but I knew what I could do and I knew that once I became a free agent I was going to find the right fit.
“I don’t want to talk too much about San Francisco. I don’t want to look back and I am not going to point any fingers. Let’s just say I’m glad to be here.”
The key to maintaining speed, Smith says, is to take care of the body and the mind….
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