Eagles' Brad Smith ready to prove himself

Brad Smith had a rather forgettable season in 2013.

He's hoping to completely reverse the trend this season.

Smith, a wide receiver with added value on special teams, suffered a rib injury with the Buffalo Bills and was placed on injured reserve at the end of August. He eventually signed with the Eagles in November but never seemed to be fully healthy.

During organized team activities, Smith is anxious to show the Eagles what he can do.

"I like to think that's the case," Smith told CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank. "You come in and do what you can and you give everything you got. That's me in a nutshell. But it's tough coming in like that in the middle of the season, especially for me, coming off an injury. I think I have a lot more to give."

CSNPhilly.com noted that Smith had 20 offensive snaps after signing with the Eagles, none in the playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. On special teams, he took 93 snaps.

"It is tough coming in (mid-year) like that," Smith told CSNPhilly.com. "You don't know anybody, you're not familiar with what they've been doing on offense all year, you don't know the coaches. But for me, the guys were great about accepting me and making me feel like I was part of the team. But it's not the easiest thing to do. You want to be out there making plays and competing, but you understand the situation, so you just go out there and do what you can, make tackles on special teams. I can always do that. You expect to be in a certain way but you're not there, and it takes time. So now last year's behind me and this year it's totally different."

As OTAs continue, Smith will continue to work to prove his mettle.

"This is huge," Smith said. "People don't realize how important this time of year is to get yourself acclimated to the offense, to your teammates and coaches and just to come together as a team. I wasn't a part of that here last year, so it's just huge for me now."