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Old 08-04-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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Saints Training Camp 2013: Will Smith Isn't Ready To Say Goodbye

As the NFL grows in popularity, the off-season is becoming a season of its own. The talk of free agency. The NFL Draft and how it will affect the team in the future. Position battles all through camp.

The saga of Will Smith rolls on after an offseason of confusion and ridicule. Where will Smith fit in with Ryan's 3-4 defense or will he fit in at all?

According to this interview (click here), it sounds like the Saints are trying Smith everywhere, trying to find situations or opportunities to bring out the best in Smith.

OR....ARE THEY?

With the injury to Martez Wilson, are the Saints satisfied with what they see out of Smith on the first team unit or are they simply trying to see if Smith will fit in somewhere, anywhere? He has run plays on the defensive line and at inside and outside linebacker positions. Is he being tested for his versatility or are the Saints still trying to see where he might fit? Hard to tell at this point. His position swapping could mean that Ryan wants to use Smith in many different ways or that he doesn't know what the hell to do with him.

This article by Brett Martel (click here) seems to make me believe that Rob Ryan likes Smith. So despite all of the competition for front 7 positions in camp, Will Smith is mentioned as a solid player, possibly even a team leader?

As of right now, if Will Smith makes this roster, what do you expect out of him and where will he play for the majority of his snaps in 2013?

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Old 08-04-2013, 06:29 PM   #3
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i just do not see smith leaving that easy. he will not go down with a fight
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I think they want to give him a chance. He may not be a full time starter but he may be a great situational player for us in the 3-4.
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Smith is expensive even with his restructure.... Someone bought an expensive brick a long time ago and now they are trying every option in the book to put it to use with out creating a weaker wall.


Can the man kick?
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With Smith( who I have not liked at DE for at least 2 years now) I think with him dropping weight and playing at ILB and on occasion OLB on run situations he has a good chance at doing well. Can he take on O-linemen? Yes, he has for years. Can he shed TE, FB and RB's? Yes, and I think this is whwre he could be very handy when it comes to those guys, he has the capability of blowing screens out of the water and when playing ILB still strong enough to shed blockers and make tackles, like I said as a DE could not wait to get rid of him as a lb. I think he could be a solid run defender.
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Smith is expensive even with his restructure.... Someone bought an expensive brick a long time ago and now they are trying every option in the book to put it to use with out creating a weaker wall.


Can the man kick?
Backup TE?
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I still say he gets held more than anybody in the NFL.
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