Geno Smith has admitted that he may have been trying too hard to impress as he looks to end the regular season on a high.
The inexperienced quarterback has struggled with consistency since he was promoted to a regular starting spot by the New York Jets.
Smith finally managed to end his barren spell when he threw his first touchdown pass since week seven during the Jets' 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders last weekend.
Having broken his duck, Smith admitted that he was struggling to play his natural game, and was instead 'playing like a robot'.
"I think I'd kind of gotten to this zone where I just tried to be way too perfect," Smith told the New York Daily News.
"You're not a robot out there, and at times I was playing like a robot. I was dropping back, five-(step) hitch and throwing it.
"I know that's the way it's drawn up in the game plan and the way it's supposed to be run, but everything isn't ideal on the field. Sometimes you have to improvise."
Smith has endured a baptism of fire with the Jets since replacing Mark Sanchez this season, and has a league-high 20 interceptions.
The Jets are currently 6-7 with three games remaining, and need to improve quickly if they are to claim a wild card spot.
They take on the Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium on Sunday.