The day before Steve Smith signed with the Eagles, Tom Coughlin famously described him as being “a long ways away” from returning to the field. The Giants did not think that Smith, returning from knee surgery, would be able to play until the third or fourth week of the season. Smith, it turns out, was on the field for the Eagles in their opener and caught his first passes for the team on Sunday night in Week 2.
But Andy Reid said today on a conference call with Giants media that his initial expectations for Smith were in line with what the Giants thought.
“I will probably tell you the same thing that the doctors up there and probably Tom told you and that I wasn’t sure that he would be able to go until probably Week 3 or 4,” Reid said. “I think he rehabbed faster than any of us thought or healed faster then any of us thought. Everybody is different in those areas and he is one of those guys that heals faster then people expected.”
Reid said that Smith has been making progress each week he’s been on the field.
“I saw a lot of Steve Smith before he came,” Reid said of playing against him twice a year for four years. “He is doing a great job and has done a great job in his rehab and getting himself back. He had a couple grabs for us last week. He had played five plays for us the week before against the Rams and no catches. This week, he had a couple opportunities and took advantage of them and made a few more plays. Every week he has had a more increased workload. He has done a nice job”