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New Orleans Saints will shift defensive end Will Smith to outside linebacker when OTAs open Tuesday

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by halloween 65 Yes, he would be quicker and stout against the run. Kind of like what Cushing does. 260 to 270 would be good. Oh, you mean Inside LB, not Inside as in DE/DT. I get it ...

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Originally Posted by halloween 65 View Post
Yes, he would be quicker and stout against the run. Kind of like what Cushing does. 260 to 270 would be good.
Oh, you mean Inside LB, not Inside as in DE/DT. I get it now.
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Re: New Orleans Saints will shift defensive end Will Smith to outside linebacker when OTAs open Tuesday

His contract isn't guaranteed. If he can't hack it, no biggie.
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His contract isn't guaranteed. If he can't hack it, no biggie.

We can jet him, just cant replace him outside of what we have... no$ and he has a hefty dead pool.
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I dont get it, this is gonna be funny to watch. Will Smith doesn't fit anywhere on the field in a 3-4 defense.
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Curiouser and curiouser....
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Re: New Orleans Saints will shift defensive end Will Smith to outside linebacker when OTAs open Tuesday

I don't think he can start at OLB and run with TEs and receivers, but on passing downs he would just be a 4th Dlineman who is standing up.
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Re: New Orleans Saints will shift defensive end Will Smith to outside linebacker when OTAs open Tuesday

Originally Posted by lsutigerfan View Post
I dont get it, this is gonna be funny to watch. Will Smith doesn't fit anywhere on the field in a 3-4 defense.
Agreed sort of. He's not a perfect fit based on his entire career playing a 4-3 DE with occasional shifts inside to DT on pass rush packages.

Sure, he could play both DE's and OLB and DT on certain packages, but you're right, he's not an ideal fit anywhere.

The Martez Wilson to DE move looked OK on paper last year, but this doesn't even look good on paper.
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I don't think he can start at OLB and run with TEs and receivers, but on passing downs he would just be a 4th Dlineman who is standing up.
The good news is that I'm reading the Jack LB almost never drops into coverage, and when they do its just to cover a small zone.

I guess all we can do is trust the coaches, but this is a bit of a head scratcher.
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They must see something in him or he wants to compete at that position. Honestly, any change will do because he has been such a streaky player at DE his whole career. Literally saw the guy play pro-bowl style 1 week, only to completely disappear for weeks on end, and then show up and play hard weeks down the line. All I can say is let's wait and see....
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So don't drop him to 250 drop him to 270 - which is doable. He needs a spot that he can play or be is off the team.
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