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Marcus Smith | Linebacker

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/31/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 251
College: Louisville
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Even with OLB Trent Cole (hand) sidelined in Week 16, Marcus Smith played zero snaps.
Smith, the No. 26 overall pick in May's draft, has either been inactive or played zero snaps in 7-of-15 games. It's silly to write him off as a bust, but it's clear the coaches had zero confidence in him this season. Although Smith wins off the edge on paper, defensive coordinator Bill Davis admitted he doesn't know what the Louisville product's long-term position is. Smith's rookie campaign was a lost season. Dec 23 - 12:29 PM

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With Eagles OLB Trent Cole sidelined by a hand injury, rookie Marcus Smith has moved back to outside linebacker at Eagles' practice.

The 2014 first-round pick moved to inside 'backer after a rash of injuries in the middle of the season, but he will finish his rookie campaign at his more natural outside position. Brandon Graham will slide into Cole's starting position while Smith has a chance to contribute as a rotational pass rusher. Smith has two quarterback hurries across 74 defensive snaps this season.
Source: CSN Philly
Dec 20 - 12:49 PM

Eagles LB Marcus Smith still working as an inside linebacker at practice.

With DeMeco Ryans (Achilles) done for the season, Smith will continue to work as the fourth inside linebacker. The No. 26 overall pick in May's draft, Smith has only played in four games for the Eagles this season. He has one assisted tackle and two hurries in 50 defensive snaps.
Nov 8 - 1:58 PM

Eagles DC Billy Davis said first-round LB Marcus Smith could stay at inside linebacker long-term.

Smith, drafted as a pass-rushing outside linebacker, played the inside this past week with Mychal Kendricks (calf) unable to suit up. He played 18 defensive snaps total and didn't make any major mistakes. "If it doesn't work out and he goes back outside, he's going to have a broader understanding of the defense," Davis said. Smith will likely be back on the edge as late as Week 1 of 2015.
Source: CSN Philly
Sep 24 - 10:18 AM

Eagles first-round LB Marcus Smith is active for Sunday's Week 3 game against the Redskins.

Smith played zero defensive snaps in Week 1 and was inactive in Week 2. But with ILB Mychal Kendricks (calf) inactive, Smith is up for depth. Unfortunately, inside is not where he wins. The rest of the Eagles inactives: QB Matt Barkley, S Earl Wolff, T Kevin Graf, G Matt Tobin, DE Taylor Hart and WR Josh Huff.
Sep 21 - 11:45 AM

Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith has been getting reps at inside linebacker at practice this week.

The expectation is that he'll get hit first defensive snaps of his career at the spot vacated by ILB Mychal Kendricks (calf). Kendricks isn't going to play against the Redskins, and backups Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho can't cover backs or tight ends. Smith can, and he's expected to see some run in sub-packages.
Sep 19 - 10:29 AM

Eagles declared OLB Marcus Smith, QB Matt Barkley, WR Josh Huff, CB Jaylen Watkins, OL Matt Tobin, OT Kevin Graf, and DE Taylor Hart inactive for Week 2 against the Colts.

Smith, the 26th overall pick, played no snaps in Week 1 and won't even dress for Week 2. He's behind Brandon Graham and special teamers Emmanuel Acho and Bryan Braman. Barkley is the No. 3 QB. Huff has a bum shoulder.
Sep 15 - 7:03 PM

Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith played zero snaps in Week 1.

The Eagles are trying to downplay Smith's lack of progress by saying they always knew he'd be a project. But the bottom line is that they're getting nothing out of the No. 26 overall pick right now. Officially, Smith is the backup "Jack" linebacker behind Connor Barwin.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 11 - 10:59 AM

DC Billy Davis said Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith will have a "limited role" in Week 1.

We'll see if Smith even dresses. The No. 26 overall pick remains a project, as he's struggling to both set the edge and rush the passer. Smith is officially the backup to starting "Jack" linebacker Connor Barwin, with Brandon Graham behind "Predator" starter Trent Cole.
Sep 3 - 12:29 PM

Coach Chip Kelly said he needs to see more out of first-round OLB Marcus Smith.

Smith played 73 snaps against the Patriots on Friday and has graded out as Pro Football Focus' worst 3-4 outside linebacker this preseason. He's missed three tackles and produced just four QB hurries and four tackles after two games. "If you’re going to play that many plays, we need more production out of you," Kelly said. Smith may struggle to be active on game days to open the season.
Aug 17 - 12:29 PM

Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith practiced with the third-stringers throughout offseason practices.

Smith is expected to climb the depth chart quickly at camp, settling in as a second-stringer and situational pass-rusher. With former first-rounder Brandon Graham also backing up starters Connor Barwin and Trent Cole, the Eagles have a nice rotation here. They figure to improve on last year's 37 sacks, which ranked 20th in the NFL.
Jul 2 - 9:55 AM

Eagles signed first-round pick Marcus Smith to a four-year contract.

They also hold a club option for 2018. Smith was a highly productive sack master at Louisville, and will be groomed as Trent Cole's eventual successor at weak-outside rush 'backer. Smith will likely be a "sub-rusher" as a rookie.
Jun 9 - 4:52 PM

Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith is focusing on the "Jack" outside linebacker position.

Connor Barwin is the starting Jack, while Trent Cole occupies the Predator spot on the opposite side. The Jack in DC Billy Davis' 3-4 scheme is a versatile player who is asked to drop into coverage often and rush the passer. He can play on the outside, inside, or with his hand in the dirt. Smith did all of these things at Louisville. He'll likely only play in sub-packages on defense as a rookie.
Jun 1 - 10:33 AM

Eagles selected Louisville OLB Marcus Smith with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Smith (6-foot-3 1/8, 251) was a three-star quarterback recruit to Louisville, and played linebacker as a freshman before spending his final three seasons as an end-'backer hybrid. He's a strong fit for DC Billy Davis' multiple defense. Smith broke out as a senior with 18.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. A long-armed (34") edge presence, Smith ran 4.68 at the Combine with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Smith played roughly 70 percent of his senior-year snaps standing up, so he has a lot of experience in a 3-4 rush linebacker-type role, though his run defense is a work in progress. He needs to be a sub-package player only as a rookie. It's worth noting that aging Trent Cole is owed $10 million in 2015. Smith is almost certainly viewed as Cole's heir apparent.
May 8 - 11:09 PM

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