According to Pro Football Focus, the Washington Redskins acquisition of Alex Smith not only sees them replace Kirk Cousins, but also sees them insert the league’s most prolific deep ball passer.
Smith, who was named to his third Pro Bowl in five years this season, had an adjusted deep ball completion percentage of 56.5 percent in 2017, the best mark in the NFL. Smith also threw for a league-best 1,344 yards on deep balls. His 131.4 adjusted passer rating in the same category was also tops in the NFL.
Smith became the league’s most efficient deep thrower, finishing first in adjusted completion percentage and yards while tying for first with 12 touchdowns. After generally ranking near the bottom in deep passing attempts in year’s past, a more aggressive approach had Smith ranked 11th with 12.3 percent of his attempts going deep this season. All told, it helped to pay off as he posted career-high PFF grade.
Kirk Cousins ranked third in deep passer rating among NFL QBs in 2017 pic.twitter.com/sWcUuqdTUH
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 22, 2018
The Redskins will have to adjust to new quarterback style and have to provide Smith the personnel to be successful. Improvements will need to be made at wide receiver, running back and left guard if they’re to stand any chance of improving upon 2017’s disappointing 7-9 season.