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Michael Smith | Running Back | #36

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: Utah State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 7 (212) / TB
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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

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PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Lindley
2Phillip Sims
3Josh Freeman
4Bryan Bennett
5Ryan Williams
6Tim Tebow
7G.J. Kinne
8Sean Renfree
9Johnny Manziel
10Seth Lobato
11Pat Devlin
12Garrett Gilbert
13Cody Fajardo
14Shane Carden
15Griffin Neal
16Josh Woodrum
17Max Wittek
18R.J. Archer
19Matt Blanchard
20Dan LeFevour
21Jerry Lovelocke
22Chase Rettig
23Chandler Harnish
24Dalyn Williams
25Jake Waters
RB1Joseph Randle
2Toby Gerhart
3Zurlon Tipton
4Alonzo Harris
5LaMichael James
6Joique Bell
7Josh Harris
8Don Jackson
9Anthony Dixon
10Zac Stacy
11Gus Johnson
12Ross Scheuerman
13Kenneth Harper
14Jawon Chisholm
15Jerome Smith
16Stevan Ridley
17Keshawn Hill
18Karlos Williams
19Michael Dyer
20Jeremy Stewart
21LaVance Taylor
GLB1Joique Bell
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Erik Lorig
3Emil Igwenagu
4Jorvorskie Lane
5Henry Hynoski
6Joe Don Duncan
7Ryan Mueller
8Derrick Coleman
9Patrick Skov
10Soma Vainuku
11Jordan Campbell
12Brad Smelley
13Trey Millard
14Zach Boren
15Kiero Small
16J.C. Copeland
17John Conner
WR11Greg Jennings
2Marques Colston
3Dwayne Bowe
4Preston Parker
5Kris Durham
6Hakeem Nicks
7Josh Morgan
8Jacoby Ford
9Tyler Davis
10Kyle Prater
11Miles Austin
12Reggie Dunn
13Armon Binns
14Carlton Mitchell
15Nick Harwell
16Zach D'Orazio
17Kenzel Doe
18Nate Washington
19Robert Herron
20Solomon Patton
21Ricky Collins
22Tevin Reese
23Hunter Sharp
24T.J. Graham
25Damaris Johnson
26Damian Williams
27Lance Lewis
28Joseph Anderson
29Josh Stewart
30David Porter
31L'Damian Washington
32Josh Harper
33Tyler Murphy
34Marquez Clark
35Travis Labhart
36Donatella Luckett
37Jeff Beathard
38DaVaris Daniels
39Jordan Leslie
40Tyler McDonald
41Ezell Ruffin
WR21Roddy White
2Brian Hartline
3Riley Cooper
4Ace Sanders
5Denarius Moore
6Devin Hester
7Marcus Thigpen
8Austin Pettis
9Ryan Broyles
10A.J. Jenkins
11Emory Blake
12Matt Hazel
13Jacoby Jones
14Joe Morgan
15Onterio McCalebb
16Mike Brown
17Tandon Doss
18Andre Debose
19Mike Williams
20Jimmie Hunt
21Devante Davis
22Devon Wylie
23Milton Williams III
24Michael Preston
25Daniel Rodriguez
26A.J. Cruz
27James Butler
28Phil Bates
29Brandon Shippen
30Marcus Harris
31Clyde Gates
32Ryan Lankford
33Isiah Ferguson
34Paul Browning
35Austin Willis
36Saalim Hakim
37Juron Criner
38Titus Davis
39Andre Davis
40Demetrius Wilson
41Josh Reese
42Trevor Harman
43Tom Nelson
44Leonard Hankerson
45Chris King
46Trindon Holliday
47David Glidden
48Christion Jones
WR31Marques Colston
2Riley Cooper
TE1Owen Daniels
2Craig Stevens
3Scott Chandler
4Dante Rosario
5Kyle Miller
6Matt Spaeth
7Chase Ford
8Mickey Shuler
9Beau Gardner
10Mike McFarland
11Rob Blanchflower
12Jacob Maxwell
13D.J. Williams
14Richard Gordon
15Nick Kasa
16Chase Dixon
17Cameron Clear
18David Paulson
19Steve Maneri
20Kevin Greene
21Brandon Barden
22Gerell Robinson
23Dan Light
24Jack Tabb
25Jordan Thompson
26Arthur Lynch
27Ryan Taylor
28Brett Brackett
29Michael Egnew
30Adrien Robinson
31Jake Murphy
32Jay Rome
LT1Pierce Burton
2Eugene Monroe
3Charles Brown
4Cameron Bradfield
5Tyson Chandler
6Will Beatty
7Micah Hatchie
8Jason Fox
9David Hedelin
10Jake Long
11Vinston Painter
LG1Ben Grubbs
2Edawn Coughman
3Ben Heenan
4Antoine Everett
5Lene Maiava
6Isiah Cage
7Adrian Bellard
8Tanner Hawkinson
9Darren Keyton
C1Manuel Ramirez
2Sam Brenner
3Julian Vandervelde
4Braxston Cave
5Trevor Robinson
6James Stone
7Brian De La Puente
8Ben Clarke
9Quinton Schooley
RG1Todd Herremans
2Louis Vasquez
3Garrett Gilkey
4Leon Brown
5Paul Fanaika
6Jared Smith
7Nick Becton
8Adam Replogle
9Malcolm Bunche
10Ryker Mathews
11Donovan Williams
12Matt Rotheram
13Mike McQueen
RT1Kevin Graf
2Tayo Fabuluje
3Adrian Bellard
4Patrick Miller
5Kona Schwenke
6Zeth Ramsay
7Lamar Holmes
K1Josh Scobee
2Shaun Suisham
3Brandon Bogotay
4Kyle Brindza
5Brad Craddock
6Carey Spear
7Billy Cundiff
8Jaden Oberkrom
9Nick Rose
10Marshall Koehn
11Mike Meyer
12Andrew Furney
13Justin Manton
14Corey Acosta
15Marshall Morgan
16Jonathan Brown
17Tom Obarski
18Ty Long