The Jets rookie quarterback has had a rough couple weeks. First came his NFL Draft slide in the second round, then came news that he fired his agents, followed by a litany of unnamed sources bashing his character and motivation to succeed. You know what? Smith isn’t fazed.
“I don’t worry about what people say — my skin is pretty thick,” Smith told USA TODAY Sports. “I’ve never been in trouble.”
“I have a goal in mind. I’m going to work hard towards it. And I’m just going to do all the things I think are necessary for me to eventually be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL,” Smith said in response to those critics who went as far as to call him a diva.
What about that Yahoo! Sports report that he spent time during pre-draft visits with NFL teams texting on his phone instead of mingling with personnel and asking questions?
“That’s not true. I got strong remarks from all the teams I visited with.”
What about the story that he planned to not return to Radio City Music Hall for Day 2 of the NFL Draft?
“Coming back on Day 2 was never not an option for me,” Smith said. “My goal was to go up on that stage and shake Mr. Goodell’s hand. And that’s what we did.”
He also took issue to the conflicting reports regarding why he fired his agents. He insists it had nothing to do with him falling out of the first round.
“No, that’s not why I let them go.”
“Choosing to leave those guys was the best decision for me at the time. That’s what I went with,” Smith said.
For now, Smith is just eager to get to work.
“As of right now, my role as a rookie quarterback is to be a sponge.”
“I couldn’t care less what’s coming out in the media because I know what’s true.”