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    Player to watch: ERIC SMITH

    Training Camp: Players To Watch For - S Eric Smith
    July 18th, 2007 by Gary Grund


    Eric Smith

    Eric Smith was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2006 NFL draft. Some fans were very weary about the Jets drafting Smith in the third round as they deemed the pick a reach. Smith played college at Michigan State having more than 100 tackles each of his final two season in his collegiate career. Smith established himself as a team leader on the defensive side of the ball for the Spartans in his final two seasons at Michigan State.

    Smith is a hard competitor and gives it his all on the field which led to coach Mangini drafting him. Smith took advantage of his time in preseason when starting safety Erik Coleman missed two weeks due to an injury. Smith worked with the first team defense during training camp and preseason last year and had an interesting regular season. He is known for his good football instincts and awareness on the field and that eventually led to his NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns earning his first career interception against opposing quarterback Charlie Frye.

    Smith finished his debut season with 27 tackles, two interceptions and two passes deflected in limited time as a reserve on the team. His contributions on special teams last season should not go unnoticed either making key tackles down the field.

    His only real competition to start at safety on this team right now is Erik Coleman who in his first three seasons in the league appears to be a very up and down player. The only downside of Smith that Coleman provides is the speed and quickness for a safety. While Coleman did manage to get 100 tackles and reel in an interception, he seemed to lack the playmaking ability from the safety position that the Jets appear to be looking for. This battle will undoubtedly be the one to watch for in training camp this upcoming week and preseason.

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    This is a good article. It states exactly what many around here think may happen. Eric Smith really started to impress late in the season IMO. Some of hits just looked vicious.

    However, Erik Coleman really started to understand the type of defense he was playing later on in the year, his play improved quite a bit IMO.

    So this will be one of the most interesting position competitions besides the offensive line to watch in camp.

    I think these guys are basically neck and neck at this juncture.......

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    Eric Smith reminds me alot of a young John Lynch.

    This kid is going to be a hell of a player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARodKeyWestJetsFan
    Eric Smith reminds me alot of a young John Lynch.

    This kid is going to be a hell of a player.
    JC AROD, I hope you are right about that. Can you imagine Kerry Rhodes and Eric Smith playing in the same backfield?!

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    this guy is going to stat next year

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    Eric Smith reminds me alot of a young John Lynch.
    I hope your right. When Erik Coleman had his appendix surgery last year I really think he was playing catch up for the first half season. Hopefully this year he has a full, healthy training camp and can get back to the player he was in 2004.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainejet
    JC AROD, I hope you are right about that. Can you imagine Kerry Rhodes and Eric Smith playing in the same backfield?!
    Been dreaming about it all off-season long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GEVREKS
    this guy is going to stat next year
    Good or bad stats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARodKeyWestJetsFan
    Been dreaming about it all off-season long.

    Game #1 Smith knocks the oppositions #1 WR out for the year with a crunching hit 1st play of the game!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boynton Beach Jets
    Game #1 Smith knocks the oppositions #1 WR out for the year with a crunching hit 1st play of the game!
    Looking forward to it, we all know who game #1 is against.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARodKeyWestJetsFan
    Looking forward to it, we all know who game #1 is against.

    Would not miss it for the world!!!

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    but of course good stats...!!! ouch!! yeah not much of a typer nor a speller nor a proof reader....i

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARodKeyWestJetsFan
    Eric Smith reminds me alot of a young John Lynch.
    ..... why, cause he's white........ J/K

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkweather
    ..... why, cause he's white........ J/K

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    Eric Smith delivered one of the oddest hits I've ever seen. Last year vs. the Browns, Smith hit Winslow in the back real hard, but instead of Winslow going down he just kinda of froze for a few seconds than seemed to regain conscious and started falling back wards.

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    Starkweather, that Pacino gif is hysterical...

    I hope Smith develops, he's definitely shown some flashes last year, and he is a brutal hitter too...

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    I liked what Smith did last year in limited playing time he made some really nice plays, I remember him crushing Welker big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Blitz
    I liked what Smith did last year in limited playing time he made some really nice plays, I remember him crushing Welker big time.
    .... I got that hit in my adopt a jet sig....


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    Quote Originally Posted by EtsFan
    not really. i remember when jon mcgraw was the great white hope. not to be a racist, but ASIDE from Lynch, in the modern era, there really isn't a place for a DB of non-color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Babe
    the jets have a rule: there must ALWAYS be a white safety on the roster.
    haah true. scott frost, derek pagel, mcgraw and now e. smith.

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