Cowboys “more fired up than ever” about Jaylon Smith

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In every draft there are players selected by teams that hope they can overcome injuries that cloud their future and become productive players for years to come.

The Cowboys took one of those players in the 2016 draft when they selected linebacker Jaylon Smith in the second round. Smith suffered a severe knee injury that caused nerve problems in his final college game and missed all of his rookie season while rehabbing. That was what the Cowboys expected, but they believe things can be different this year.

During a Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said that Smith should be ready for OTAs and minicamp this year and that the team still has high hopes for his future with the franchise.

“He’s doing great,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “He’s making great improvements. We’re more fired up than ever we picked him last year.”

The Cowboys are expected to add more defensive help in the draft next week, but, based on what Smith did at Notre Dame when healthy, the biggest addition to their lineup could already be on hand.

18 responses to “Cowboys “more fired up than ever” about Jaylon Smith

  1. .
    The Cowboys will not only draft several secondary players in the next week. They’ll be named starters directly from the podium.

  2. I thought he had peroneal nerve damage, causing foot drop (inability to dorsiflex foot). Gonna be a little hard for him to get back to 100%. I’m an Eagles fan but hoping for the best for him. He was amazing at Notre Dame.

  3. The kid can run..especially in a straight line…the injury hurts his ability to plant and change directions. He will play this year and barring other injuries he will give the Cowboys a similar return as
    a second round pick in 2017 and perhaps a little better. That’s not so bad, especially given the contributions of the 2016 draft picks.

  4. .
    @xavier 179

    ” 6ball, dare to name the team you root for?
    Jacksonville or Cincinnati come to mind. ”


    Sorry dude, if you have been here anytime in the past four years you would know that I am with the Patriots. And, btw I wasn’t slamming the Cowboys. Their secondary bolted during free agency and now they have to replace them. Other than waivers or trades (unlikely) there’s no other option but to throw some of these rookies to the wolves.

  5. First, of course 6ball likes the Pats. He’s probably liked them all the way back to 2001.

    Second, the Cowboys lost Church, Claiborne, Carr. But still have Scandrick, Jones, Brown, McFadden, Heath, and they signed Carroll and Blanton. While that’s not exactly an all-star lineup, they should be serviceable enough to start over rookies.

    Draft d-line, secondary, and more d-line in a draft loaded with both.

  6. if Jaylon ends up playing in 2017 then the Cowboys draft class from 2016 will be one of the best by any team in recent memory as many of their draft picks have already contributed significantly.
    Therefore SUCK IT, to those who said the Cowboys can’t draft!

  7. Why do people keep saying their secondary bolted as if those guys were all time great players, they have had the same guys the last 4 years at in the secondary and all everyone says their secondary is weak so why paying the same guys if the secondary is weak try some new guys they will be bettter than anyone thinks.

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