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  • wiil r.smith really be back 100% no slack..

    I know we all like rod smith and we will always say he's a great bronco and we will all always stick up for him....
    but really DO you think he will come back and play like he use to,considering his bad aging bones has to do with his age and the beat arounds he has had in the nfl,and also his injury he just had...
    I know we all want to say yes he will he's a great WR ''which he is''
    but in my eyes I see him back next year as our #3 WR...for the year I see him at the 40 catch mark 555 yards 3 td's....yes this is good we will take it any day..but its not rod smith numbers............I would like to know from the members what they think about this..

  • #2
    no he won't be the old Rod Smith and I don't think anyone would expect him to be what he once was. He's a great leader and thats exactly why he's on this team. Don't get me wrong he'll play as hard as he can because we all know that if Rod couldn't give 100% then he wouldn't even be on that field. I expect him to make some first downs this year and really tutor B.Marshall into becoming a solid WR.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by martz11
      no he won't be the old Rod Smith and I don't think anyone would expect him to be what he once was. He's a great leader and thats exactly why he's on this team. Don't get me wrong he'll play as hard as he can because we all know that if Rod couldn't give 100% then he wouldn't even be on that field. I expect him to make some first downs this year and really tutor B.Marshall into becoming a solid WR.
      about being a tutor thats right he is a leader and a dame good one...but I do see him making great plays..but I dont see him taking those hits over the middle anymore,there have been quite a few nasty ones..

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      • #4
        i expect him to heal well and be back and looking better than last year. this is one of the rare moments where i am an optomist, but his drop off from 05 to 06 was HUGE and i think it was all to do with the dead tissue in his hip. i see him getting at least his 51 catches this year to make 900 career, and holding off marshal for one more year.


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        • #5
          No.

          In my opinion the reason Smith's game dropped off last year was that he missed the whole preseason with injury. As a result he and Plummer never really got in synch last year. Then, when Plummer got benched Cutler showed a definite preference for the second team guys that he had worked with the most and it cost Smith more receptions.

          If Smith is healthy enough to play and get in synch with Cutler he could start and catch between 60 - 70 passes. However, I think that his hip injury will prevent him from getting practice time with Cutler and that will cost him.

          Chances are Smith will be the #3 guy, or retire. I love him as a Bronco, but it seems that the time has come to end it.
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          • #6
            Who can say at this point?

            I think he'll be one of the top two receivers on the team, not because Marshall or Stokely aren't good, but because he's that much better. One of the things that used to really infuriate me was watching Rod get pounded because he was our only clutch receiver and he had to chase a lot of bad passes into safeties. I'm hoping that's a thing of the past, and that the off season and surgery will undo a lot of the damage. Who knows how much; I got the impression the procedure is intended to remove a lot of scar tissue, so we could see a real rejuvenation. But at this point it's impossible to tell; I'll keep hoping and praying for the best and that we can get him and his remaining child those last Rings before he retires. Rod's truly a class act all the way around who always does what's expected without complaint (has Rod EVER held out for more money, trash talked his teammates/competitors or any of that garbage?) I'm optimistic he'll remind everyone why he's a star for at least a few more years.
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            • #7
              I dont expect Rod to come back and be the "Rod" we remember.. he's too old and has had too many hits. However, no one can argue the leadership presence he is just being on the field and I fully expect him to return with a drive that does indeed get him his 51 and to be a mentor for Marshall and the yong guys on the team. Him being there makes us better.. him being there AND getting his 51?!?! WOW!
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              • #8
                I think Rod will make a comback. He will make some clutch plays again this year, you'll see. He has always worked harder than anyone. If his bones were that old and he couldnt play at a high level any more, then he will retire during training camp. That is just the kind of person he is.

                The one drawback is he and Cutler are not working together now, but they will have time this summer. I see a 70 catch season.
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                • #9
                  Can Rod comeback healthy? Yeah I suppose so. But I don't think he's the same player he once was. That's not a knock, players decline as they get older.
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                  • #10
                    Rod has been the best human being in an NFL uniform for a long time.

                    I could care less if he can play, he will let us know whats really going on, I will back him 100% on any decision he makes.

                    He has earned that respect from me, 100 times over.

                    If he says he can play.....he can play.
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                    • #11
                      If his hip is even back to 80% then he'll have a good year and come out as the starter. Considering he did catch 50+ balls last year when he shouldn't have been playing...I really hope he can recover.
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                      • #12
                        Only Rod's doctor and the Bronco's training staff have a firm handle on when and if he is likely going to be back anywhere near normal.

                        The surgery is a two edged sword. For any player his age to excel, requires constant work and conditioning just to tread water. This injury hampers his ability to do that. However, without the surgery he definitely not be coming back to compete this year. If it was the pain from the scar tissue that took him off his game last year, he may still have one or two good years left.

                        I know that I wouldn't bet against a free agent that has come as far as Rod Smith has come. Heart, knowledge, and exceptional work ethic can more than balance out declining athletic skills at least for awhile.

                        There is no question but what he has earned the right to compete for a spot on the roster and to choose when it is his time to move on.
                        Last edited by Dean; 05-05-2007, 08:54 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JADJARHD
                          In my opinion the reason Smith's game dropped off last year was that he missed the whole preseason with injury. As a result he and Plummer never really got in synch last year. Then, when Plummer got benched Cutler showed a definite preference for the second team guys that he had worked with the most and it cost Smith more receptions.

                          If Smith is healthy enough to play and get in synch with Cutler he could start and catch between 60 - 70 passes. However, I think that his hip injury will prevent him from getting practice time with Cutler and that will cost him.

                          Chances are Smith will be the #3 guy, or retire. I love him as a Bronco, but it seems that the time has come to end it.
                          I like your point here, Cutler did like to go to Marshall alot.

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                          • #14
                            I agree with a bunch of posts talking about all the intangibles Rod brings to the table and how much heart he's going to pour out on the field each week. As far as him being 100 percent, it's hard to tell until we get to opening day. But, I've known Rod for two years and I've noticed that same fire in his eye as I see him around Dove Valley. Sure, he can't really do all the offseason stuff the other guys can because of rehab but he's still all over the place working out and doing everything humanly possible to get ready.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JMike811
                              I agree with a bunch of posts talking about all the intangibles Rod brings to the table and how much heart he's going to pour out on the field each week. As far as him being 100 percent, it's hard to tell until we get to opening day. But, I've known Rod for two years and I've noticed that same fire in his eye as I see him around Dove Valley. Sure, he can't really do all the offseason stuff the other guys can because of rehab but he's still all over the place working out and doing everything humanly possible to get ready.
                              Do you have any feel for if Rod would be ok as a #3 guy? I would actually like to see him take less snaps and go for another couple years. Just want him to be a part of the team for as long as possible.

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