Marcus Smith: I still want to be part of the Eagles

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Defensive end Marcus Smith reported to Eagles minicamp this week for his first offseason work of the year.

Smith did not take part in the voluntary phases of the team’s program and appeared to slip further out of the team’s plans as the offseason rolled along. They signed Chris Long, drafted Derek Barnett in the first round and opted not to exercise their option on Smith’s contract for the 2018 season, but Smith said that he isn’t upset at the team and that he isn’t hoping to be released so he can try his luck somewhere else.

“No. I still want to make this team,” Smith said, via PhillyVoice.com “I still want to be a part of the Philadelphia Eagles.”

With Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry also on hand at defensive end, Smith will likely need either an injury or a performance well above what he’s turned in during his first three seasons to find regular playing time on defense in Philly. If neither of those things should come to pass, Smith may not remain part of the Eagles come the regular season.

10 responses to “Marcus Smith: I still want to be part of the Eagles

  1. This was actually the infamous botched Howie Roseman draft that spurred Chip Kelly to demand full control of the roster. This guy is simply a bad football player. Great athlete but no skill, awareness, or desire to develop.

  2. This guy is so bad at playing defense, I am amazed that he is still in the league. Then again, so is Nelson Agholor…I see a common denominator here.

  3. terrellblowens says:
    Jun 13, 2017 3:40 PM
    This was actually the infamous botched Howie Roseman draft that spurred Chip Kelly to demand full control of the roster. This guy is simply a bad football player. Great athlete but no skill, awareness, or desire to develop.

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    False. Lane Johnson was drafted in Kelly’s first year with the team, at #4 overall. The next year, when he had control, he drafted Marcus Smith with the 26th pick overall.

  4. He showed flashes in limited time last year. Although not a perfect system fit, it’s very possible he has a breakout year. People forget that Brandon Graham took a long time to develop and he heard it nearly as bad as Smith does. Don’t rule him out just yet.

  5. autoriot, Chip Kelly was the coach and Howie Roseman was GM in charge of all personnel. The year Kelly gained control they drafted Agholor, traded for Bradford, moved McCoy for Kiko Alonso, and signed DeMarco Murray. Roseman has gone as far so to admit he was responsible for the Marcus Smith pick when he regained control following Kelly’s firing a year and a half ago. Kelly had control for 1 offseason before his firing.

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