Jaylon Smith looks forward to showcasing “all of my talents” in new defense

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Since the Cowboys drafted Leighton Vander Esch in the first round in 2018, talk has persisted that Jaylon Smith would move to weakside linebacker.

Smith remained at middle linebacker the past two seasons with Vander Esch playing the weakside (when healthy).

The Cowboys, though, have a new defensive coordinator this season, and it appears moving Smith again is an option, Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News recently reported.

Smith had 12 quarterback pressures, including 2.5 sacks, on 75 pass rushes in 2019. The Cowboys are intrigued by the possibility of blitzing Smith more from outside.

Smith joined Jane Slater and Bobby Belt on The ‘Boys and Girl Podcast this week and was asked how he sees his role changing in Mike Nolan’s defense.

“Really just some added tools for myself, man,” Smith said. “Being able to showcase my versatility, you know being able to run sideline-to-sideline, being able to rush the passer. I’m just looking forward to being able to showcase all of my talents. These guys are putting everyone in the right position, so all I can be is thankful.”

25 responses to “Jaylon Smith looks forward to showcasing “all of my talents” in new defense

  1. This team is So Loaded with talent that it is scary. Seriously hate all that you want, but it will not change the FACTS. Im seeing Mike McCarthy as Andy Ried in this situation. So glad Garrett is gone he was so PREDICTABLE that even my wife knew what the play was going to be (no im serious).
    Im not seeing how the Eagles improved? They did Wentz wrong by not supporting him with better players around him, then WASTED a very important 2nd round pick. All that pick does is create doubt in your locker room. Then they over pay a DECENT cb. They needed a Vet to back Wentz (Cam/Winston/Dalton) etc. That second pick should have went in drafting more help for Wentz.
    We did awesome in FA and the Draft, but the biggest improvement will be the Coaching staff. I truly see a Andy Ried type of HC here in Dallas, New scenery for a proven winner and an ARK full of talent! I just hope it comes instant success and not having a learning curve type of year with the new staff.

  2. Odd, didn’t hear any mention of TEAM. Heard plenty about SHOWCASING MY SKILLS and individual glory. But nothing about TEAM.

    It’s so surprising the Cowboys never win anything.

  3. As an eagle fan, it is hard to admit it but calizcowboyz is completely right.

    Redskins will be Redskins and Giants will be Giants. Eagles has had a horrible draft (I still dont get what Howie was thinking or who he was trying to oversmart) but cowboys have (since 5 years or so) a great roster and a much better coach than last year.

    I still dont know what to think about MM since some news came out about him late un GB but obviusly his much better than Garrett.

  4. After his horrific knee injury suffered at Notre Dame, some questioned that he’d ever walk correctly again, much less play in the NFL. He’s a top 5 inside linebacker. No reason he can’t be successful at getting after the QB. He keeps proving people wrong. Good luck Jaylon!

  5. Sorry not a top 3 linebacker. I do respect his comeback, however,, Smith still has a ways to go.
    He is not the quickest on his reads and is not adept at getting off blocks. Many times when
    a player is so talented when he is young they didn’t need technique until the pro’s
    and then it shows up. I believe many coaches, experts would agree that Smiths second year starting was
    not a pro bowl year.. Asking people to vote you into the pro bowl is not a team building move.

    To be fair he is essentially coming into his third year of starting so let’s hope that Smith focuses on
    his fundamentals and film work rather than his media image.

  6. They should move Smith to box safety (SS) that way he won’t look so bad making
    the tackle 8 yards past the line of scrimmage.

  7. This team is So Loaded with talent that it is scary. Seriously hate all that you want, but it will not change the FACTS.
    ———————-

    Is this not the same speech coming out of the Dallas Homer fans over the last 25 years.
    It is not about hate, all the hype for the Cowboys has turned in to one big joke year
    after year. It’s past due for the Jerry Jones led Cowboys to put up or shut up. All this
    hype about the Cowboys is pathetic.

  8. As a lifelong Cowboys fan I’ll believe it when I see it. Jerry will find a way to screw it up. In Jerry we DON’T trust!

  9. Caliz, agree on most points however Daq is not a super bowl QB. Don’t kid yourself McCarthy had Rogers all those years and it’s not like they were a dynasty. Also, it’ll be interesting to see before it takes Jerruh to meddle…

  10. D1442zzy says:
    May 16, 2020 at 3:18 pm
    This team is So Loaded with talent that it is scary. Seriously hate all that you want, but it will not change the FACTS.
    ———————-

    Is this not the same speech coming out of the Dallas Homer fans over the last 25 years.
    It is not about hate, all the hype for the Cowboys has turned in to one big joke year
    after year. It’s past due for the Jerry Jones led Cowboys to put up or shut up. All this
    hype about the Cowboys is pathetic.

    You do realize that every year every teams fans homers and all have the same speech right? I mean how many teams go into a season saying yup we suck lets hope for the first pick. Seriously I have seen 4 Eagles treads and post by fans this past week saying SUPER BOWL! And crowing themselves. Eagles . . . keep winning ONE every 60!
    Again Hate the FACTS That we are LOADED with ALL PRO STUDS EVERYWHERE with a PROVEN winning HC! And if you can not see that Jerry has already taken a backseat to McCarthy in areas then your blind. Hey when EVEN Steven A Smith the Cowboy hater is saying that he can see Dallas in the Superbowl . . . then it just got Real .! lol

  11. So loaded with talent?!?

    8-8… no playoffs …

    All that so called talent and they couldnt even beat the AAF Eagles…

    9 points…. loaded with talent…… too funny

  12. calizcowboyz….You do realize that every year every teams fans homers and all have the same speech right?
    ———————–
    Not at the level of a big mouth homer like you. You beat it to death except when the Cowboys choked against the eagles in the last game of the season last year you seem to snap out of it for a while. Like I said hate has nothing to do with it, pathetic comes to mind. LOL….

  13. D1442zzy says:
    May 16, 2020 at 5:04 pm
    calizcowboyz….You do realize that every year every teams fans homers and all have the same speech right?
    ———————–
    Not at the level of a big mouth homer like you. You beat it to death except when the Cowboys choked against the eagles in the last game of the season last year you seem to snap out of it for a while. Like I said hate has nothing to do with it, pathetic comes to mind. LOL….

    Eagles were 9-7 and went No Where last year! Speaking of big mouths, all that I heard for 11 months not stop is how the Eagles have a DYNASTY and they are the new Patriots! Talk talk talk with their bucket mouths wide open non stop! yup ONE every 60 bout sums up an Eagles dynasty!

  14. @calizcowboyz

    The story was strictly about Jaylon Smith whom Dallas was able to draft based on insider information from the doctor that treated him. He has had a wonderful career so far. The irony of your diatribe was that it included references to Andy Reid (former Eagles HC), the Eagles team, draft and fans. Philly is taking up space in your head.

  15. J.Smith is an all pro at tackling 6 yards beyond the line of scrimmage and trailing RBs and TEs in pass coverage. If he played for the Bengals no one would know who the heck he is.

  16. TheGuru says:
    May 16, 2020 at 5:16 pm
    @calizcowboyz

    The story was strictly about Jaylon Smith whom Dallas was able to draft based on insider information from the doctor that treated him. He has had a wonderful career so far. The irony of your diatribe was that it included references to Andy Reid (former Eagles HC), the Eagles team, draft and fans. Philly is taking up space in your head.

    Philly should ALWAYS be in Cowboys heads and vice versa As I Know That It Is. They are our arch rival, division champs, a history of bad blood and twice a year battles (usually for the division) so not sure your point? And the Chiefs just won the super bowl with a retread HC whom had a winning record with another team. Hence Mike McCarthy.
    you hating bro? . . . .

  17. Eagles were 9-7 and went No Where last year! Speaking of big mouths, all that I heard for 11 months not stop is how the Eagles have a DYNASTY and they are the new Patriots! Talk talk talk with their bucket mouths wide open non stop! yup ONE every 60 bout sums up an Eagles dynasty!
    ——————————-

    @calizcowboyz

    The Cowboys were 8-8 last year and have not done anything in the past 25 years, how’s that for
    dynasty? LOL….

  18. calizcowboyz says:
    May 16, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    D1442zzy says:
    May 16, 2020 at 5:04 pm
    calizcowboyz….You do realize that every year every teams fans homers and all have the same speech right?
    ———————–
    Not at the level of a big mouth homer like you.
    =============================================================
    Calico, my man…I have lived in DFW since 2013 season. Every.Single.Offseason. has been filled with rhetoric, such as when Romo comes back, when Witten comes back, when Dez comes back, when suspended players (pick one) comes back,when Sean Lee comes back, when Greg Hardy can stop beating on women and coaches comes back and then “WE HAVE THE TRIPLETS AGAIN. It’s exhausting to read and hear on TV from folks like crybaby Drew Pearson (Gold Jacket didn’t fit), loudmouth Irvin and broadcasting failure Emmitt Smith. As for Philly fans, there some who post the same rhetoric like you do. Then there are others who are still wondering how these draft picks will work out. I wanted CeeDee Lamb, then Jefferson and certainly wasn’t expecting Jalen Hurts pick. Hopefully I’ve pointed out to you why so many fans talk about Dallas fans. As for the 60 year thing…it’s so nice to have one during the era of HDTV, online steaming, etc! BTW – Cowboys stadium is truly awesome. Too bad I can’t post the photo of me holding Eagles towel while standing on the star!

  19. Hey when EVEN Steven A Smith the Cowboy hater is saying that he can see Dallas in the Superbowl . . . then it just got Real .! lol

    —————————–

    @calizcowboyz

    Wow, Just Wow. You using Steven A Smith as a source of logic is again another dose of pathetic. LOL…

  20. less talk, more action

    go out and prove yourself and the rest will take care of itself..start a new tradition finally

    I’m a Cowboys fan since 70 and the failed expectations are getting old

  21. Loaded with a lot of OVER HYPE and frustration for their long term fan base
    that have been around since the late 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

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