Smith, 24, suffered a broken jaw six weeks ago after being punched by former teammate Ik Enemkpali. Ryan Fitzpatrick took over as the starting quarterback in his absence and has led the Jets to a 2-0 start. While recovering, Smith has done what he could to keep himself prepared for his return.
"I missed the preseason, so that was a big step back, I would say," Smith said. "But mentally I was always there -- in the film room, with the guys in the classroom, and then when I'm out there on the sideline I'm taking mental reps. So mentally I feel good as well."
After this weeks upset win over the Colts in Indianapolis, head coach Todd Bowles named Fitzpatrick the Jets quarterback going forward. Smith was informed of the decision by the media, rather than anyone on the coaching staff.
"You want to be out there [playing]; you're not happy," Smith said. "But it's not one of those things where I'm gonna change my approach, gonna change the way I approach teammates or the way we go about our business."
Bowles said he will make a final decision on Saturday as to whether the backup quarterback will be Smith or rookie Bryce Petty against Philadelphia on Sunday. He did leave open the possibility that the Jets could dress three quarterbacks this week.