Originally posted by SFL49ER:
I've been on this bandwagon too. I feel like with Davis, he's a guy who has the ability to make things happen (so much more than when Ive watched Alex develop these past 6 years) on the field, no matter what hes faced. I see a factor that he has, and its making things happen when theres nothing happening.
Hes very smart on the field and puts his body in position to keep plays alive-like rothlisberger-but more intuitive to release the pass even when hes on the move. His abilities with comfort in the pocket and awareness are superior I think.
His release is just as quick as the best in the league, and with accurate throws that hes very capable of making, he can succeed against 1st string defenses.
Im believing in Alex having a breakout year, but Im MORE excited to hear that Davis is getting more playing time because, overall, I think Nate Davis is a better quarterback than Alex Smith
I for the most part agree, but despite how he's looked so far I do not think he is ready to start in the regular season. It has nothing to do with his ability and everything to do with his knowledge of the playbook. If you think Raye is predictable now, wait until he has to limit himself to 1/3 of his playbook.
That said, I think it is pretty clear he has some game. He seems to have the intangibles, like feeling the pocket, and making something happen after a play breaks down. He's got a nice strong and seemingly accurate arm.
I am excited to see what he can do against first stringers, but I think it's more of an audition to be the #2 qb than it is to start this year. And to see more of what we have for next year if Smith can't step up.