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Hayden Smith | Tight End | #82

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 255
College: Metro State
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Jets waived TE Hayden Smith.
It was the final cut the Jets had to make to get down to the required 75 players by Tuesday afternoon. Smith reportedly was shining in OTAs without the pads on. That ended quickly once contact practices started up. Mon, Aug 26, 2013 11:15:00 PM

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According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Jets TE Hayden Smith has "impressed" in OTAs, and "come a long way since 2012."

Beat writer Conor Orr considers Smith the early favorite for the Jets' No. 3 tight end job. Appearing on NFL Network in March, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum said Smith — who is a former rugby player — couldn't be covered in practice. Smith checks in at an imposing 6-foot-8, 240 pounds.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 06:34:00 PM

Former GM Mike Tannenbaum said on NFL Network that the Jets' defense couldn't cover TE Hayden Smith in practices last season.

Former Australian rugby star Smith spent most of 2012 on the Jets' practice squad. He could be a player to monitor in 2013 training camp, Smith's second year of organized football. "We could not cover this guy in practice," Tannenbaum said. "It would drive Rex (Ryan) up a wall. We could not cover this guy. He got better and better, wound up dressing for five games, and actually caught a pass against the Chargers." The Jets have a hole at tight end with Dustin Keller almost certain to leave in free agency.
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 07:23:00 PM

Jets signed TE Hayden Smith from the team's practice squad.

Veteran WR Jason Hill was released in a corresponding move. Smith's promotion means Jeff Cumberland (hand) will not play on Sunday against the Dolphins. Smith is an undrafted rookie out of Metropolitan State in Colorado.
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 04:36:00 PM

The beginning of Jets rookie minicamp on Friday was the first football practice of converted rugby player TE Hayden Smith's life.

Smith celebrated by running into the punter during a non-contact drill. Coach Rex Ryan nevertheless liked what he saw. "It's crazy to think this guy never put on a helmet before today, never ran a route, never did anything like that," Ryan said. "He certainly looks the part. I would not bet against this young man." A D-II basketball player before rugby, Smith has plenty of athleticism. Unless the Jets are completely enamored with his potential, however, he'll be facing long odds of making the roster.
Sat, May 5, 2012 10:23:00 AM

Jets signed TE Hayden Smith.

The former Australian rugby star earned a spot on the U.S. national team after playing Division 2 basketball at Metropolitan State in Denver. His background suggests a level of athleticism that could pay off as a long-term developmental project behind Dustin Keller. He won't be guaranteed a roster spot this year.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 03:43:00 PM

ESPN New York reports the Jets are showing "serious interest" in Australian rugby star Hayden Smith, who projects as a tight end in the NFL.

A week shy of his 27th birthday, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Smith played college basketball for Metropolitan State in Denver before taking up rugby and making the U.S. national team. Smith has reportedly visited a "number of NFL teams," and was hosted by Gang Green in early February. According to his personal coach, he has already signed with the Jets, though the team has yet to make anything official.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 08:34:00 AM

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3Seth Lobato
4Bryan Bennett
5Jerry Lovelocke
6Chandler Harnish
7Chase Rettig
8Cody Fajardo
9Bryn Renner
10R.J. Archer
11Shane Carden
12Jake Heaps
13Jake Waters
RB1Joseph Randle
2LaMichael James
3Trent Richardson
4Isaiah Pead
5Zurlon Tipton
6Alonzo Harris
7Josh Harris
8Storm Johnson
9Antone Smith
10Daniel Thomas
11Jeremy Stewart
12Michael Dyer
13Jerome Smith
14Kenneth Harper
15Jawon Chisholm
16Keshawn Hill
17Lache Seastrunk
18LaVance Taylor
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Erik Lorig
3Joe Don Duncan
4Henry Hynoski
5Brad Smelley
6J.C. Copeland
7Emil Igwenagu
8Zach Boren
9Jordan Campbell
10Toben Opurum
11Kiero Small
12John Conner
WR11Josh Morgan
2Jacoby Ford
3Preston Parker
4Kris Durham
5T.J. Graham
6Seantavius Jones
7Miles Austin
8Vincent Brown
9Carlton Mitchell
10Armon Binns
11Reggie Dunn
12Ricky Collins
13Zach D'Orazio
14Kenzel Doe
15Tevin Reese
16Solomon Patton
17Aldrick Robinson
18Damian Williams
19Lance Lewis
20Josh Stewart
21L'Damian Washington
22Travis Labhart
23Donatella Luckett
24Josh Harper
25Marquez Clark
26David Porter
27DaVaris Daniels
28Tyler McDonald
29Ezell Ruffin
WR21Marcus Thigpen
2Ace Sanders
3Riley Cooper
4Denarius Moore
5Joe Morgan
6Ryan Broyles
7Austin Pettis
8Jacoby Jones
9Rico Richardson
10Emory Blake
11A.J. Jenkins
12Mike Brown
13Saalim Hakim
14Onterio McCalebb
15Tandon Doss
16Devante Davis
17Devon Wylie
18Jimmie Hunt
19Milton Williams III
20Daniel Rodriguez
21James Butler
22Phil Bates
23Ryan Lankford
24Clyde Gates
25Ryan Whalen
26Michael Preston
27Tom Nelson
28Trindon Holliday
29Demetrius Wilson
30Josh Reese
31Trevor Harman
32Juron Criner
33Paul Browning
WR31Riley Cooper
TE1Dante Rosario
2Matthew Mulligan
3Mickey Shuler
4Kyle Miller
5Orson Charles
6Richard Gordon
7Chase Dixon
8Jimmay Mundine
9Steve Maneri
10D.J. Williams
11David Paulson
12Gerell Robinson
13Brandon Barden
14Jake Murphy
15Ryan Taylor
16Brett Brackett
17Michael Egnew
18Dan Light
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2David Foucault
C1Julian Vandervelde
2Brian De La Puente
RG1Todd Herremans
2Jahri Evans
K1Josh Scobee
2Brandon Bogotay
3Carey Spear
4Michael Palardy
5Billy Cundiff
6Andrew Furney
7Mike Meyer
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9Patrick Murray