I've been told that Bilal Powell has beaten out Joe McKnight for Jets' 3rd-down running back job. Story here: http://t.co/qSUQyigw #nyj
I spoke to a few players last week, who said Bilal Powell was the most impressive "under the radar" guy on offense in camp/preseason #nyj
If I am reading this right I think it depends on whether or not he is a US citizen and where he lives. Smith was born in Australia and went to college in the US. However, he plays for the US team.
Does "residency" mean he is a citizen? But the NFL rule says residency AND principal place of residence must be outside the US. From what I gather he lives here so maybe he will not qualify.It was not just on the domestic stage that Smith impressed, he also was a regular with the USA Eagles, for which he qualified on residency grounds.
Last edited by DDNYjets; 09-05-2012 at 04:45 AM.
residency basically means where you live. it varies state by state, and I'm not sure what the federal definition is, but generally when you've lived in a place for more than a few months you are able to become a resident.
for that reason, the NFL requirements for this foreign player exemption is worded in a strange way. To be trying out for an NFL team, you almost certainly would qualify as a U.S. resident. you would have to be here for training camp, and presumably if you're going to have any shot at making the team at all, you've been trying to learn the game by training in the U.S. prior to camp. So, you would almost certainly have been living in the U.S. for the last year or more.
perhaps by principal place of residence they mean that you grew up and spent most of your life outside the U.S. They probably are not talking about the last year or two -- otherwise, it's hard to see how anyone would really be able to qualify.
Last edited by DDNYjets; 09-05-2012 at 09:35 AM.