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Michael Smith | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: Utah State
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Jets waived RB Michael Smith, OL Bruce Campbell, OT Patrick Ford, OL Markus Zusevics, LB Steele Devitto, K Andrew Furney, and P Jacob Schum.
No surprises in this group from the Jets, who have begun making their first cuts. Smith was a seventh-round pick of the Buccaneers in the 2012 draft. Sat, Aug 23, 2014 09:36:00 PM

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Jets signed RB Michael Smith, formerly of the Bucs.

Smith is an undersized burner out of Utah State. The Buccaneers cut him in May. Smith will likely be a practice body until the Jets make final cuts.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Buccaneers waived RB Michael Smith.

Smith missed all of 2013 with a torn ligament in his foot. Smith was a hyped seventh-rounder out of Utah State in 2012, but has yet to notch a regular-season carry. Getting waived at this stage of the offseason — when teams are allowed to carry 90 players — is not a good sign for his NFL future.
Tue, May 13, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Bucs placed RB Michael Smith on injured reserve with a torn ligament in his foot, ending his season.

They'll give him one last look in 2014 training camp. Smith had an intriguing profile coming out of Utah State in 2012, with 4.33 jets and fearlessness running inside the tackles, but he never made much headway up the depth chart.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Pewter Report doesn't project RB Michael Smith to make the Bucs' final roster.

It's obviously too early for this kind of stuff -- the Bucs haven't even played a preseason game. But Pewter Report has Tampa keeping Peyton Hillis as the No. 4 back behind Doug Martin, Brian Leonard, and rookie Mike James. The Tampa Times projected Smith as Martin's direct backup last month, so there's plenty to be sorted out. It's a big preseason for last year's seventh-round pick.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 05:00:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times projects Michael Smith as the Bucs' No. 2 tailback to open the season.

Previous projections had the Bucs going with rookie Mike James as Doug Martin's backup. Smith would be a more interesting fantasy choice, as he runs 4.33 and was one of Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris' favorite sleepers coming out of Utah State two Aprils ago. For Martin handcuff purposes, the James-Smith-Brian Leonard battle will be one to monitor in camp and preseason games.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 06:05:00 PM

The Bucs are expected to audition 2012 seventh-round pick Michael Smith and 2013 sixth-rounder Mike James for the No. 2 tailback job behind Doug Martin.

We wouldn't be surprised if the Bucs made a run at Ahmad Bradshaw closer to camp, but for now speedster Smith (4.33 forty time) and bruising plodder James are the primary competitors. Brian Leonard is more of a fullback/third-down back. Per the Tampa Times, "some in the organization" prefer James to Smith.
Mon, May 13, 2013 03:04:00 PM

Bucs declared RB Michael Smith, S Keith Tandy, LBs Jacob Cutrera and Najee Goode, G Roger Allen, and WR Chris Owusu inactive for Week 9 against the Raiders.

The Bucs are one of the NFL's healthiest teams coming off their 10-day layoff following last Thursday night's impressive win over the Vikings.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 02:41:00 PM

Bucs declared RB Michael Smith, OL Cody Wallace, WR Chris Owusu, TE Danny Noble, LBs Jacob Cutrera and Najee Goode, and DB Keith Tandy inactive for Week 7 against the Saints.

Smith is a healthy scratch as the team's No. 4 running back. The Bucs enter Sunday's game as one of the healthier teams in the league. They listed just two players on the injury report, and both were probable.
Sun, Oct 21, 2012 11:40:00 AM

Bucs declared RB Michael Smith inactive for Sunday's Week 4 game against the Redskins.

Smith is a healthy scratch once again as the Bucs appear to be warming slightly to LeGarrette Blount. The rest of the Bucs' inactives: CB Myron Lewis, CB Anthony Gaitor, DB Keith Tandy, LB Najee Goode, OT Jeremy Trueblood and WR Chris Owusu.
Sun, Sep 30, 2012 03:10:00 PM

Buccaneers declared RB Michael Smith, CB Anthony Gaitor, CB E.J. Biggers, S Keith Tandy, WR Chris Owusu, OT Jamon Meredith and DE George Johnson inactive for Week 3 versus the Cowboys.

Arrelious Benn has replaced Smith as the primary kickoff returner, and may add slot receiver duties to his plate following Sammie Stroughter's season-ending foot injury.
Sun, Sep 23, 2012 11:51:00 AM

Seventh-round RB Michael Smith will enter the season as the Bucs' primary kickoff returner.

The blazing rookie out of Utah State averaged an eye-popping 31.7 yards on 10 preseason returns. Sammie Stroughter is listed ahead of Preston Parker as the No. 1 punt returner. Neither Smith nor Stroughter does enough on offense to warrant a draft selection in return-yardage leagues.
Tue, Sep 4, 2012 04:05:00 PM

Rookie RB Michael Smith has rushed 13 times for 69 yards (5.31 YPC) and caught two passes for 16 yards in the Bucs' last two preseason games.

A deep sleeper like Daryl Richardson in St. Louis, Smith possesses blinding 4.33 jets and runs physically for a 5-foot-9, sub-210-pound alleged scatback. Beat writer Stephen Holder believes the Bucs "may be onto something with Smith," who is "very willing to take on tacklers and run through them if necessary."
Sun, Aug 26, 2012 08:59:00 PM

Bucs seventh-round RB Michael Smith has looked more like a "complete back" as his reps increase.

The coaching staff knew all about Smith's 4.33 forty jets, but they've been pleasantly surprised with his power. A deep Dynasty league stash, Smith has a chance to open the season third on the depth chart at tailback.
Thu, Aug 2, 2012 05:43:00 PM

Bucs seventh-round RB Michael Smith said he should not be boxed into a third-down role.

Smith has decent size at 5'9/209 and ran a 4.33 at the Combine. If he didn't play behind Robert Turbin at Utah State, he likely would have come off the board before the seventh round. Smith needs to prove himself in pass protection, but is a good bet to stick as the Bucs' No. 3 back. He'll have a shot at early-down work if Doug Martin or LeGarrette Blount goes down.
Fri, Jul 20, 2012 10:13:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Chandler Harnish
2Matt Blanchard
3Jeff Tuel
4Chase Rettig
5Cody Fajardo
6Shane Carden
7Jerry Lovelocke
8Jake Heaps
9Jake Waters
RB1Fred Jackson
2Trent Richardson
3Cyrus Gray
4Jeremy Stewart
5Lache Seastrunk
6Jahwan Edwards
7Dominique Brown
8Keshawn Hill
9LaVance Taylor
10Daniel Thomas
GLB1Fred Jackson
3RB1Fred Jackson
FB1Erik Lorig
2Joe Don Duncan
3J.C. Copeland
4Joey Iosefa
5Brad Smelley
6Trey Millard
WR11Denarius Moore
2Kenbrell Thompkins
3C.J. Goodwin
4DaVaris Daniels
5Jarrett Boykin
6Antwan Goodley
7Ricky Collins
8Reggie Dunn
9Ryan Spadola
10Tevin Reese
11Solomon Patton
12Andrew Peacock
13Jonathan Krause
14Aldrick Robinson
15Armon Binns
16Kenny Cook
17Kenzel Doe
18Damian Williams
19Tyler Slavin
20David Porter
21T.J. Graham
22L'Damian Washington
23Travis Labhart
24Josh Harper
25Deon Long
26Titus Davis
27DeAndre Carter
28Marquez Clark
29Damond Powell
30G.J. Kinne
31Lance Lewis
32Ezell Ruffin
33Tyler McDonald
WR21Ace Sanders
2Tandon Doss
3Ryan Broyles
4Michael Preston
5Alan Bonner
6Chuck Jacobs
7Ryan Lankford
8Devante Davis
9Jordan Leslie
10DeVier Posey
11Junior Hemingway
12Phil Bates
13Saalim Hakim
14LaRon Byrd
15Nathan Palmer
16Paul Browning
17Demetrius Wilson
18Levi Norwood
19Josh Reese
20Shane Wynn
21Juron Criner
22Trindon Holliday
TE1Jimmay Mundine
2Chase Dixon
3David Paulson
4Mickey Shuler
5Steve Maneri
6Brett Brackett
7Michael Egnew
8Gerell Robinson
9Brandon Barden
10Brandon Bostick
11Jacob Maxwell
12Jake Murphy
13Dan Light
K1Brandon Bogotay
2Carey Spear
3Chris Boswell
4Michael Palardy
5Andrew Furney
6Justin Manton
7Ty Long
8Mike Meyer
9Corey Acosta