Against Tennessee, Smith ran for a first down in the second quarter, but then had the ball tomahawked out of his hand. The Titans recovered and moments later scored a touchdown.
"We did a little bit of footwork drills, got a little tired and then we had guys tugging at the ball to see how you would hold it," he said. "That's pretty much how it is in the game. You're a bit tired and you've been running around and guys are stripping at it, but you've got to hold on to it."
And, Smith got a good workout in with "pretty much everyone" taking their shots at trying to dislodge the ball from his hands.
Smith, of course, is not the first touted rookie to struggle with ball security. He did seem surprised, however, when told that Peyton Manning threw 11 interceptions in his first four NFL starts in 1998.
"It's a part of the growing pains as a quarterback and as a rookie, especially at any position, let alone quarterback, the toughest position in the league," Smith said. "I'm not trying to compare scenarios or his career to mine. I'm just out there trying to focus on myself and eliminate those turnovers.
"I don't want to have eight at this point, but it's already said and done, so I've got to move on from it and just get better."
Ryan acknowledged that there's a "fine line" between making sure Smith doesn't become too timid with his playmaking while focusing on not having turnovers.
"There's no question you want to be aggressive, but you don't want to do something to the detriment of your football team," Ryan said. "Clearly, turning the football over has been a real problem. Not just this season, but the last couple of seasons.
"And we all know what that leads to."
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