Bucs DE Jacquies Smith - Photo by: Cliff Welch
On deadline day for the 53-man roster, the majority of the big news from NFL teams is who they’re not keeping. However, for the Bucs, one of their biggest new stories is that projected starting pass rusher, Jacquies Smith, will be activated off the physically unable to perform list and will be on the 53-man roster.
Smith suffered a torn ACL during the first game of the 2016 season, and before he was able to get going in the 2017 offseason, he suffered a set back in July that has sidelined him since.
Smith had 13.5 sacks in 27 games during the 2014-15 seasons and was second on the team in sacks during each of those years. He’ll likely be the main pass rusher opposite Noah Spence in third down situations in 2017.
The Bucs will likely still keep defensive end Ryan Russell as insurance, as well as the obvious Noah Spence, William Gholston and Robert Ayers.
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GM is taking a gamble here to have Smith on the active roster. He hasn’t been able to stay healthy in the last three seasons; didn’t play at all last season. So we now have two small pass-rushers. Okay, it is what it is.
I hope he can contribute but 2 knee surgery ‘s?
Gamble? The alternative would be placing him on PUP and keeping George Johnson. If you wanted to mitigate the risk it would’ve happened by moving on in March/April not now.
Why do you think we must have another defensive end right now? Smith is not ready to play.
Horse, the only way this is a gamble is if he is not 100% fully recovered. How is his proven production when healthy a gamble? He’s simply not built to be a 3 down D linemen. Neither is Von Miller which is why he doesn’t line up at D end for 3 straight plays, but I dang sure don’t ever hear anyone in Denver say Miller can’t get it done because he’s a “small pass-rusher.”
Then we should trade into Denver because we aren’t playing that kind of scheme..
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