That is one of my favorite game photos from last season, Kevin Smith extending off-balance at full speed to make a finger-tip catch. Great play. And great focus, from the player and the photographer, Dean Rutz.
Smith, after suffering a knee injury in December 2011 and after an up-and-down 2012, became a fan favorite as a senior last season. He practically came out of nowhere in training camp — I’ll admit, he was barely on my radar coming into August — then emerged as the Huskies’ most dependable receiver, hauling in 50 catches for a team-best 765 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.
Today, Smith gets another chance to continue to professional career, as he has agreed to a deal with the Seahawks to come back to Seattle, an NFL source told The Seattle Times.
Already in his short pro career, Smith has bounced around. Undrafted last month, he signed a free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals, who cut him on June 4. The Jacksonville Jaguars picked him up immediately, but then waived him two weeks later.
Those transactions are part of the game in the NFL, particularly for a lower-profile guy like Smith.
His chances of sticking with the Seahawks, given their depth at receiver, appear slim. But Smith has surprised us before.