Jaylon Smith continues to progress

AP

It’s now been more than two and a half years since Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith suffered a career-threatening injury in his last college football game, and he may finally be back to 100 percent healthy.

Smith missed his entire first NFL season, in 2016, while he recovered from the injury, and although he played all 16 games in 2017, he didn’t look quite as quick on the field as he had looked as a star at Notre Dame. But in last night’s preseason opener, Smith covered the field quickly and appeared to be all the way back.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has been impressed with what he’s seen out of Smith in training camp.

“He’s gotten better and better physically, coming off the injury, doing his hard work. The more he plays, you see he gets more and more comfortable, more and more confident and he simply plays better,” Garrett said. “Understanding the play, understanding your reads, and when the ball is snapped you just react instinctively. . . . I think we’re seeing more and more of that from Jaylon.”

Smith was dealt a tough blow when he suffered the knee injury, but he never got down and always insisted he’d eventually work himself back into the kind of athlete he was in college. It appears that day has arrived.

17 responses to “Jaylon Smith continues to progress

  1. With just two season left on his contract and him finally getting back where he needs to be, we’ll see what kind of hometown discount he gives Dallas for sticking with him these first two seasons.

  2. I was lucky enough to attend the game last night in Santa Clara. Very impressed by Jaylon’s mobility. He looked fluid in his movements and had a few nice plays. It’s hard not to root for this kid. Hope he gets all the way back to what he was in college.

  3. 49ers looked like dog squeez last night. The again they were playing us and we will make many teams look bad this season. Imagine if Zeke and Lee started SMH !

  4. Great story and was hoping the niners would’ve drafted him but with Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke – not surprised. Hope he gets back to where he was; great to see young talent thrive.

    Niner Fan. Related note, wasn’t happy with the product I saw on the field last night. I was as happy as any niner fan with how last season ended but this team has a lot of work to do in the next three weeks if they plan to take the next step towards playoff relevance.

  5. calizcowboyz says:
    August 10, 2018 at 2:32 pm
    49ers looked like dog squeez last night. The again they were playing us and we will make many teams look bad this season. Imagine if Zeke and Lee started

    You do realize that it’s pre-season, right, and that the games don’t count yet?
    The Browns were 4-0 in the pre-season last year.

  6. daysend564 says:

    August 10, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    With just two season left on his contract and him finally getting back where he needs to be, we’ll see what kind of hometown discount he gives Dallas for sticking with him these first two seasons.

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    He already gave them a discount by not being a top 5 pick, which he would have been if he had not been injured.

  7. His movement looks like night and day from last year. He didn’t move quite as well last year, but if you watch him this year, it’s totally different.

  8. It may be preseason and games don’t count and teams are playing vanilla Yup. But it sure looks tons better starting the way we did compared to how they started. And ya can’t have it both ways, IF Dak would of sucked and the team sputtered then You haters would have been all over us. Nope I Likey what I seen and how we started!

  9. daysend564 says:
    August 10, 2018 at 2:16 pm
    With just two season left on his contract and him finally getting back where he needs to be, we’ll see what kind of hometown discount he gives Dallas for sticking with him these first two seasons.
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    None! And why should he? They already got him on a much cheaper rookie contract than if he wasn’t injured. And as his injury proves your career can be threatened or gone in a blink of an eye and nobody is going to pay you then. I never understand why in one of this country’s most brutal physical sport with no guaranteed contracts people think players should give any team any discount for any reason.

  10. waynefontesismyfather says:

    At this pace Kaepernick will play again before Smith sees the field!
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    what in God’s name are you talking about?, Smith is already on the field and is playing well, Kap is still on the unemployment line and will remain there.

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