"There's a lot of things that have happened since I've been in the NFL that's out of my control and I can't do nothing about it," Smith added. "I just put my head down and grind and when my numbers called just go in ... That's been my whole mentality. It's been real tough week after week watching us lose from the sideline. It was frustrating ... because I wanted to be out there with them." Smith was targeted a grand total of three times in four games this season. Needless to say, his patience was tested. "He started ... kind of regaining his old form late in the season," Maccagnan said last week. "Didn't have a lot of opportunities. This will be a big offseason for him. We'll see how he does.... It'll be an important year for him. We like him in terms of a prospect. We do think he has potential. It's a question of giving him an opportunity to get on the field and actually show what he can do."