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papz 06-18-2013 08:19 PM

New Orleans Saints tackle Jason Smith hoping to resurrect career, shed 'bust' label
 
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This time of year, people are always on the lookout for that "sleeper" pick to make an impact with the New Orleans Saints. Usually it's some undrafted free agent that no one had ever heard of before.

This year, it could be a guy who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft.

We won't be able to tell if Jason Smith has a realistic shot at the Saints' starting left tackle job until we see him going full speed in full pads in the preseason.

But Smith did get another audition with the first-string offense during OTAs last week, and Coach Sean Payton reiterated that the competition is "absolutely" still wide open between front-runner Charles Brown, Smith and rookie Terron Armstead.

"I think oftentimes, you take a peek at a player that was selected as high as he was and graded out as high as he was," Payton said of the decision to sign Smith this offseason. "He is a tremendous worker and has athletic ability. So it's another opportunity, and it's oftentimes you are able to get a player maybe his second time around or third time around that can come in and find a niche."

It's funny to think of Smith as a "sleeper." But for the first time since he was drafted out of Baylor in 2009, Smith has been operating below the radar this summer in Saints camp.

For his first three and a half years with the St. Louis Rams, Smith played under the glare of high expectations and sometimes harsh criticism -- a draft "bust" because of inconsistent performance and a series of concussions.

Then he was traded to the New York Jets last summer, where the spotlight always shines bright, even though he was playing a backup role

This year, however, Smith is experiencing relative anonymity with the Saints. And that's perfectly OK with him.

Smith reluctantly spent about 15 minutes chatting with the media during minicamp. It was a friendly, almost playful conversation. But it was clear that Smith wasn't interested in analyzing his chances of winning a starting job or dissecting his career's highs and lows up to this point.

"One day at a time," Smith said several times when asked for his mindset -- one that is inspired by his strong religious faith.

"Upon the moment I received salvation, I understood that my calling is now to suffer, just like Christ did. That's who I am," Smith said. "So therefore, what I went through, my experiences, whether it be football or life, it brought me to a point of patience. So with patience I have experience, and with experience I have hope. And hope makes me not ashamed of what I went through.

"So everything I went through has made me who I am as a person. As far as the football stuff, it's still a day-to-day deal. As far as my life, it's a day-to-day deal. So I desire to know God's heart. That's what my focus is."

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We've made a lot of average talent look more than serviceable over the years along our line. I'm really interested to see how this turns out.

hagan714 06-18-2013 09:05 PM

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i will be happy if he can fill the back up roll this year for both the left and right

Luda34 06-19-2013 01:30 AM

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I hope he comes out as the starter at left tackle thie year.

RockyMountainSaint 06-19-2013 03:37 AM

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[QUOTEWe've made a lot of average talent look more than serviceable over the years along our line. I'm really interested to see how this turns out.[/QUOTE]

I am with you on this crab.

darksoul35 06-19-2013 07:34 AM

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Its hard to believe 2009 was that long ago. I hope he eventually lives up to his potential but Im pulling for the rookie.

foreverfan 06-19-2013 10:40 AM

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Does finding Jesus make you a better football player?

Ask Tim Tebow.

vpheughan 06-19-2013 04:02 PM

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And the thread "Who's Hot and Who's Not" has him listed as "not" Great article placement!!! LOL

SmashMouth 06-19-2013 04:09 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by foreverfan (Post 508822)
Does finding Jesus make you a better football player?

Ask Tim Tebow.

Does finding Jesus make you a better phone salesman?

dizzle88 06-19-2013 04:25 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 508842)
Does finding Jesus make you a better phone salesman?

Depends if Jesus is willing to buy from you? Lol

Rugby Saint II 06-19-2013 06:12 PM

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I am hoping Smith takes over right tackle.


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