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Marcus Smith | Linebacker

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/31/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 251
College: Louisville
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Eagles OLB Connor Barwin said second-year OLB Marcus Smith has put on "15 pounds" this offseason.
"Physically, he looks different. He gained 15 pounds, he put on a lot of muscle," Barwin said. "He's one of the stronger guys on our defense now. He took the offseason and did what he needed to do, which was get bigger, stronger." Smith lacked the functional strength to compete last season, with former Eagles assistant coach Tra Thomas comparing his body to that of a "high school athlete." Smith apparently took that criticism to heart. Chip Kelly has basically said he did not want to draft Smith, but with Trent Cole now in Indianapolis, Smith may be able to carve out a role in the outside linebacker rotation. May 16 - 10:22 AM
Source: CSN Philly

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Chip Kelly says he had little to do with drafting OLB Marcus Smith 26th overall last season.

Smith was the least impactful first-round pick of 2014, as he played just 74 snaps and made zero solo tackles. The selection was deemed a reach at the time and apparently one Kelly -- who didn't have full control over personnel back then -- didn't want to make. So now Smith heads into 2015 with a coach that feels no obligation to give him snaps behind starters Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham.
Mar 30 - 11:27 AM

Former Eagles assistant coach Tra Thomas said some of OLB Marcus Smith's rookie struggles came down to his lack of strength.

"He's definitely going to have to get a little stronger out there because when you look at even his body type, he has the build of like a high school athlete still — a young college athlete," Thomas said. "He needs to put on probably about a good 15-20 more pounds so he can really execute and be effective." The No. 26 overall pick in last year's draft, Smith registered zero tackles and played only 74 snaps during his rookie season.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 7 - 9:45 AM

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.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 12:29:00 PM

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
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:49:00 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.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 01:58:00 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
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:18:00 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.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 11:45:00 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.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:29:00 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.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 07:03:00 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.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 10:59:00 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.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 12:29:00 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.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 12:29:00 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.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 09:55:00 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.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 04:52:00 PM