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Bill Belichick “optimistic” Will Smith will be healthy enough to help Pats

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The Patriots have had some success giving situational roles to veterans on the back side of productive careers and coach Bill Belichick is hopeful that the team can have the same luck with Will Smith.

The former Saints pass rusher is coming off a torn ACL and Belichick said that “he still has some rehabilitation to do” before there will be much idea about his chances of helping the Patriots. Belichick said the feeling is that Smith is coming along, though, and is hopeful that he’ll add to his 67.5 career sacks.

“We’€™ll see where Will is able to get to. He’€™s got a lot of experience — he’s got a lot of production throughout his career,” Belichick said, via WEEI.com. “I think he’€™ll be competitive, but we’€™ll have to see how he rehabs from the injury. But we’™re optimistic that he’€’ll be on the field and be able to compete at some point. He’€™s not ready right now, but I think he will be.”

Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich give the Patriots two solid defensive ends, but the third spot in the rotation should be up for grabs. If Smith is healthy, he’ll compete with Jake Bequette, Michael Buchanan and 2014 sixth-round pick Zach Moore for that role.

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12 Responses to “Bill Belichick “optimistic” Will Smith will be healthy enough to help Pats”
  1. kenny3398 says: May 12, 2014 3:57 PM

    Washed up, slow and injury prone but cheap.. Could bring leadership, dont expect much Patriots fans.. Will smith is just looking to get paid..

  2. h3min1230 says: May 12, 2014 3:58 PM

    I’d say he gets 5-7 sacks.

  3. sb44champs says: May 12, 2014 4:02 PM

    Sorry, but Will Smith was slowing down and seemed like he could barely run in last year’s preseason and that was before the ACL tear… Just saying

  4. harrisonhits2 says: May 12, 2014 4:12 PM

    And if he’s not healthy they cut him and suffer no big loss.

  5. weepingjebus says: May 12, 2014 4:13 PM

    Smith is rehabbing pretty steadily, I’ve been following his InstantFace account.

  6. thereyougo2 says: May 12, 2014 4:14 PM

    Mirrors and hidden video needed .

  7. 6ball says: May 12, 2014 4:19 PM

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    He’ll end up on the PUP list, but be ready by week six when the injuries mount. Patriots fans will be happy to have him then.

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  8. St. Louis Fleeced Washington says: May 12, 2014 4:22 PM

    Welcome to Miami. We’ll still lose to you.

  9. rc33 says: May 12, 2014 4:39 PM

    So this is how things are shaping up for Week 1 of the regular season:

    Gronkowski – PUP list
    Will Smith – PUP list
    D. Easley – PUP list
    Brandon Browner – 4 game suspension

  10. bennyb82 says: May 12, 2014 5:03 PM

    He should take his time. Same with Gronk. They are both guys that would give the Patriots in the playoffs.

  11. bennyb82 says: May 12, 2014 5:04 PM

    ‘the edge’

  12. iamdinguskhan says: May 12, 2014 5:19 PM

    I don’t doubt anything they do…They contend year after year.

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