Our “Who The Fuck is That Guy” series continues today. “Who The Fuck is That Guy” is how we conclude every episode of the Vendetta Sports Fantasy Show. Everyone on the show gives a seemingly random player. A player that no one knows about and no one will ever draft. Yet somehow, someway they will win you your fantasy league. Today we’re looking at J’Mar Smith, rookie quarterback for the New England Patriots.
J’Mar Smith played college football at Louisiana Tech. He signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent from the 2020 NFL Draft. Smith played baseball at Meridian High School, playing catcher. He was drafted in 2015 by the San Diego Padres in the 24th round. However, he did not sign a contract with the team. Smith chose football and now he gets his shot with New England.
J’Mar Smith went to Louisiana Tech on a full scholarship, he started every game from his redshirt sophomore year to his redshirt senior year. He improved every season, finishing his college career with 9523 passing yards, 51 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. In Smith’s senior year he threw for 2977 yards, 18 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, easily the best ratio of his college career. Smith also had 856 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns throughout his college career. 264 yards and 4 touchdowns came in his senior season.
If Smith becomes the starter for the Patriots he’s proven that he can produce through the air and on the ground. The Patriot’s offense is built for mobile quarterbacks. The personnel is simply a great fit. Sony Michel is a solid between the tackles runner and James White is a solid pass catching back. Whether it’s Smith’s athleticism opening holes for Michel or Michel doing the same for Smith, one of the two will produce. Opposing teams will want to test the rookie quarterback and challenge him to beat them, I’d bet on Smith benefiting from read option plays and quarterback designed runs.
J’Mar Smith’s Path To Playing Time
According to ESPN, Smith isn’t even listed on the Patriots depth chart. Yet that doesn’t mean you should count him out. There’s no guarantee that Cam Newton or Jarrett Stidham will be good enough to start. Newton is coming off a string of injuries. Stidham has thrown 4 NFL passes, gaining 14 yards and throwing a pick-six. Those aren’t very inspiring numbers. Brian Hoyer is no threat either, the Patriots cut him last year. Finally for Brian Lewerke. Lewerke is also an undrafted rookie quarterback, so it’s a level playing field. The Patriots starting quarterback race is wide open. An undrafted rookie out of Louisiana Tech could very easily win that race.