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Eric Smith | Defensive Back | #33

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/17/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 207
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 3 (97) / NYJ
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Jets hired former S Eric Smith as a coaching intern.
Smith was released by the Jets last February and never resurfaced in the NFL. Turning 31 in March, the Michigan State product is now changing careers. Smith finished his seven-year NFL stint with 36 starts and six interceptions. Mon, Feb 10, 2014 02:58:00 PM

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Jets released S Eric Smith.

Smith was signed for an affordable $2.4 million, but may have been cut loose even if the Jets didn't have one of the worst salary-cap situations in football. A month shy of his 30th birthday, Smith was a part-time player in 2012, and didn't play at a high level on 329 snaps. He'll get a chance to latch on somewhere in camp, but it's not guaranteed he'll be a part of someone's Week 1 roster.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 01:38:00 PM

Jets S Eric Smith (knee, hip) is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Smith has been trying to play through both a knee sprain and bone chips in his hip. Look for rookie Antonio Allen to step in as the Jets' third safety.
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 09:55:00 AM

Jets S Eric Smith sprained his knee in Wednesday's practice.

Smith is not expected to play in Week 6. The Jets shouldn't miss him too much with LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell healthy.
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 11:54:00 AM

Jets S Eric Smith (knee, hip) will not play in Week 1.

Strong safety LaRon Landry actually appears reasonably healthy heading into the season, so Smith's absence shouldn't bother the Jets too much. Yeremiah Bell will start at free safety.
Thu, Sep 6, 2012 11:19:00 AM

Jets S Eric Smith is questionable for Week 1 with hip and knee injuries.

Smith suffered hip and MCL injuries in New York's preseason opener, and has yet to return to practice. It's a big concern for a team that let Jim Leonhard walk in free agency. New York's Week 1 safety tandem is looking like it will be LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, a pairing that could get torched by tight ends.
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 11:52:00 AM

The New York Daily News reports Jets S Eric Smith is dealing with a left MCL injury, and is out for the rest of the preseason.

Smith suffered knee and hip injuries in Friday's preseason opener, but an MRI of his hip revealed no structural damage. Per beat writer Manish Mehta, the Jets are "hoping" Smith will be ready for Week 1. It's a big concern for the Jets, who are easing in the fragile LaRon Landry at strong safety. Smith made 14 starts a season ago, but is expected to rotate snaps with Yeremiah Bell. Had Smith's injury occurred a week ago, the Jets may have explored a reunion with Jim Leonhard, who signed with the Broncos last Saturday.
Sat, Aug 11, 2012 04:40:00 PM

Jets S Eric Smith injured his hip in addition to his left knee in Friday's preseason opener, but doesn't believe the injuries are "anything too serious."

Smith says he felt a "sharp pain" in his knee, but X-rays came back negative. The Jets are awaiting MRI results. Smith played through a torn left meniscus for the final five games last season.
Sat, Aug 11, 2012 10:52:00 AM

Jets S Eric Smith left Friday's preseason opener with a left knee injury.

Playing on the Jets' punt team, Smith's knee twisted in ugly fashion in the second quarter, but he did limp off the field under his own power. Per ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, his knee was "heavily wrapped" on the sideline. We should know more before the end of the weekend.
Fri, Aug 10, 2012 10:27:00 PM

Jets DC Mike Pettine suggested that S Eric Smith will play primarily as a reserve in 2012.

Following a string of blown coverages, Smith was a media and fan punching bag last season. "You'll love Eric Smith at 300 snaps," Pettine said. "You don't like him at 1,000." Smith is expected to return to special teams while rotating in to give starters LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell a breather.
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 05:43:00 PM

Jets SS Eric Smith played the last five games with a torn meniscus in his knee and will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

Smith was a media whipping boy for blowing coverages, particularly late in the year. The fact he was playing hurt may explain his struggles. Set to turn 29 in March, Smith's salary leaps from $700,000 to $3 million. Smith had 89 tackles and 2.5 sacks this season, but it's questionable whether he'll return.
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 07:34:00 PM

Eric Smith remains the Jets' full-time starter at strong safety.

Brodney Pool hasn't come close to getting his old job back. Smith remains an option for the Jets on special teams, but his main focus is now on the defense. In six spot starts last season, Smith had 39 tackles, one sack and no interceptions.
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 10:37:00 AM

Coach Rex Ryan said Eric Smith is still the starting strong safety even though Brodney Pool was surprisingly re-signed.

We're not sure how long Ryan can stick to this one. Smith is one of the better special teams players in the league and Pool is a better playmaker on defense. At least rotating the two would make sense, killing any IDP value.
Thu, Aug 4, 2011 11:37:00 AM

Coach Rex Ryan has anointed Eric Smith the Jets' new starting strong safety, replacing Brodney Pool.

Pool is a free agent and has drawn no known interest on the open market. Smith isn't a playmaker, but picked up Ryan's system quickly last season and plays with smarts and aggression. This still isn't a great situation for IDP value.
Mon, Aug 1, 2011 12:53:00 PM

Jets agreed to terms with S Eric Smith on a three-year contract.

Smith has just two INTs over the past four seasons, but didn't embarrass himself in eight starts last year and racked up 12 tackles on special teams. He may start at one of the safety spots in 2011 if Brodney Pool isn't re-signed.
Sat, Jul 30, 2011 01:33:00 AM

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10Jerrod Johnson
11Ryan Williams
12Seth Lobato
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14Brad Sorensen
15Pat Devlin
16Matt Blanchard
17Dan LeFevour
18Austin Trainor
19McLeod Bethel-Thompson
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21Dylan Thompson
22Cody Fajardo
23Shane Carden
24Griffin Neal
25Marquise Williams
26Max Wittek
27Joe Licata
28Jerry Lovelocke
29Chase Rettig
30Chandler Harnish
31Dalyn Williams
32Jake Waters
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6Toby Gerhart
7LaMichael James
8Jhurell Pressley
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11Anthony Dixon
12Zac Stacy
13Brandon Ross
14Josh Harris
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18Jahwan Edwards
19Ross Scheuerman
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21Jawon Chisholm
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23Isaiah Pead
24Dan Herron
25Michael Dyer
26Jeremy Stewart
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2Tommy Bohanon
3Derrick Coleman
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5Joe Don Duncan
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17Jordan Campbell
18Patrick Skov
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22Brad Smelley
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4Dwayne Bowe
5James Jones
6Preston Parker
7Greg Little
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11Douglas McNeil
12Kyle Prater
13Josh Morgan
14Jacoby Ford
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16DeAndre Reaves
17Greg Salas
18Keshawn Martin
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21Armon Binns
22Carlton Mitchell
23Nick Harwell
24Ben Edwards
25Joshua Stangby
26Jaxon Shipley
27Zach D'Orazio
28Kenzel Doe
29Jared Dangerfield
30Tevin Reese
31Issac Blakeney
32Terrell Sinkfield
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34Damaris Johnson
35Robert Herron
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37Josh Lenz
38Ricky Collins
39Damian Williams
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41Marlon Moore
42Josh Harper
43Josh Stewart
44Travis Labhart
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46Jarrett Boykin
47Lance Lewis
48Joseph Anderson
49Richard Mullaney
50Duke Williams
51David Porter
52Quinshad Davis
53Rashaun Simonise
54Reece Horn
55Tyler Murphy
56Marquez Clark
57Chandler Worthy
58L'Damian Washington
59Jeff Beathard
60DaVaris Daniels
61Tyler McDonald
62Ezell Ruffin
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5Riley Cooper
6Denarius Moore
7Chris Givens
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11Kevin Smith
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13Ryan Whalen
14Joe Morgan
15Jacoby Jones
16Onterio McCalebb
17Ryan Broyles
18Griff Whalen
19Emory Blake
20Nathan Palmer
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22Andre Debose
23Shakim Phillips
24DeVier Posey
25Tandon Doss
26Jay Lee
27Mike Williams
28Jimmie Hunt
29Devante Davis
30Devon Wylie
31Reggie Bell
32Phil Bates
33Valdez Showers
34Amir Carlisle
35DeAndre Carter
36Kadron Boone
37Ryan Lankford
38Isiah Ferguson
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40A.J. Cruz
41James Butler
42Milton Williams III
43Michael Preston
44Marcus Harris
45Clyde Gates
46Stephen Hill
47Saalim Hakim
48Juron Criner
49Titus Davis
50Andre Davis
51Demetrius Wilson
52Josh Reese
53DiAndre Campbell
54Trevor Harman
55Tom Nelson
56Leonard Hankerson
57Durron Neal
58David Glidden
59Kieran Duncan
60Jarvis Turner
61T.J. Thorpe
62Michael Bennett
63Paul Browning
64Austin Willis
65Kashif Moore
66Kenbrell Thompkins
67Trindon Holliday
68Chris King
69Christion Jones
70Levi Norwood
71Ed Williams
72Danny Anthrop
73Marken Michel
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3Marques Colston
4Chris Givens
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3Scott Chandler
4Zach Sudfeld
5Dante Rosario
6Tony Moeaki
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8Beau Gardner
9Michael Cooper
10Matt Spaeth
11Andrew Quarless
12Kyle Miller
13Nic Jacobs
14Chase Ford
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16Richard Gordon
17Brian Parker
18Orson Charles
19Nick Kasa
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21Cameron Clear
22Ryan Malleck
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24Steve Maneri
25David Paulson
26Casey Pierce
27Mike McFarland
28Chase Coffman
29D.J. Williams
30Rob Blanchflower
31Jacob Maxwell
32Jake Murphy
33Rory Anderson
34Ryan Taylor
35Konrad Reuland
36Brett Brackett
37Michael Egnew
38Adrien Robinson
39John Peters
40Jay Rome
41Braxton Deaver
42M.J. McFarland
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45Kevin Greene
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47Dan Light
48Arthur Lynch
49Jack Tabb
50Jordan Thompson
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4Charles Brown
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15Cameron Jefferson
16David Hedelin
17Taylor Fallin
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19Andrew McDonald
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22David Foucault
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