Buffalo Bills' Brad Smith: Lockout Limited His Effectiveness

Soon after the NFL lockout ended last summer, the Buffalo Bills signed free agent do-everything weapon Brad Smith to a four-year, $15 million contract. The idea of the signing: get as much value as possible out of a third quarterback roster spot that, in previous seasons, wasn't allowed to play on game days.

Smith did not have a particularly effective first year in Buffalo. Injuries forced him to play more receiver than anticipated; he caught 23 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. The playing time there limited his opportunities as a Wildcat quarterback (20 carries, 87 yards, 1 TD), and his 18.8-yard kick return average was a monumental disappointment following a 29.0-yard average over the past two seasons.

Still, there aren't many No. 3 quarterbacks in the league that do what Smith does, or even produce the meager numbers Smith produced. Smith on Sunday (to SiriusXM radio) repeated something that head coach Chan Gailey has said previously about Smith's first season in Buffalo: the lockout limited the ways in which the Bills could use Smith offensively.

What are you expecting out of Brad Smith in the 2012 season, Bills fans?

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