Jaylon Smith posts workout videos showing change of direction

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The Cowboys knew when they drafted linebacker Jaylon Smith last year it was a long-term investment.

But he’s showing signs that he may be close to providing a return.

Via Todd Archer of ESPN.com, the former Notre Dame linebacker posted some workout videos that show some good progress from the knee injury and nerve damage that kept him from playing in 2016.

The videos show him doing some change of direction drills, though he’s still wearing a brace on his foot for support while the nerve damage continues to heal.

The 34th overall pick in 2016, Smith spent the year on the non-football injury list.

15 responses to “Jaylon Smith posts workout videos showing change of direction

  1. “though he’s still wearing a brace on his foot for support”

    Look I’m no doctor but I play one on TV so in my professional opinion I would recommend wearing a brace on the knee but just my opinion…

  2. Big deal…I’m over 60 with two right knee ACL surgeries over the years and I can change directions too.
    But I can’t play football.

  3. jimnaizeeum says:
    Feb 9, 2017 8:20 AM
    Big deal…I’m over 60 with two right knee ACL surgeries over the years and I can change directions too.
    But I can’t play football.

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    Expect I doubt that you’re dealing with nerve damage. Nor is you changing directions at full speed

  4. I really would like to see this guy play. I hope he’s exploring all possible treatments, even if he has to go to Europe to get it done. Even if he can’t play until 2018, it will be worth the wait. Dak and Elliott are both very young.

  5. Look, I wish the guy luck. With that being said, is it just me, or did he look a little gingerly out there.

    Also, doesn’t matter if you can do that today, its what it feels like tomorrow, and if you can repeat that.

    But he was a beast in college

  6. Marcus Lattimore was able to run for a bit and “change directions” too. How did that turn out?
    Bottom line: it’s a terrible injury that kept Marcus from EVER playing in a regular season game. If Smith can even suit up to play in a regular season game, that’d be nothing short of a miracle. To expect him to be the player he was before he got injured is delusional. Ask Marcus.

    At least Baalke only wasted a 4th round pick on Lattimore whereas Jerrah stupidly spent a 2nd on a guy he could’ve had in the 4th or later… Remember the 2015 2nd round pick that Jerrah used on Gregory and he and Boys fans crowed that Dr. Jones had put one over on the NFL? How did that turn out?

  7. This young man is an inspiration to all! I hope he will be a beast for us on D for many, many years 🙂

  8. sbmcintosh36 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 8:19 AM
    “though he’s still wearing a brace on his foot for support”
    Look I’m no doctor but I play one on TV so in my professional opinion I would recommend wearing a brace on the knee but just my opinion…
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    Except that the brace is for support of his foot for the nerve damage. That’s why the brace is on the foot.

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