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Eagles move Marcus Smith back to outside linebacker
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(12/16/14) Eagles first-round pick Marcus Smith will go back to outside linebacker Saturday at Washington due to Trent Cole's hand injury, reports Philly.com. Smith had been playing inside linebacker because the Eagles were thin at that position.
It's unclear which position Smith will play long-term, the report said.
Eagles sign rookie Marcus Smith
|by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(6/9/14) The Eagles signed rookie defensive end Marcus Smith on Monday to a four-year deal, the team announced. Smith was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft at No. 26 overall from Louisville.
"It means everything," Smith said. "I've been waiting on it for a long time, been wanting to sign my contract just to get everything over with. It just feels great to be an Eagle and have no worries and go on the field and do what I do best. When I put the pen to paper? The first person I think of is my mom. She did so many things for me and I just feel like I could go out and do something special for her."
Smith is expected to be a rotational pass rusher for the Eagles this season. He had 14.5 sacks in 2013.
Fantasy owners must practice patience with Marcus Smith
|by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(5/9/14) The selection of Marcus Smith left a lot of people scratching their heads, but the reality is that the Eagles were bowled over with his film and wanted to add another pass rusher to the mix. The plan in Philadelphia is to make him their outside linebacker and have him attack the quarterback, a position Smith himself used to play. Eagles coach Chip Kelly sees "huge upside" in Smith. |
Odds are Smith will spend much of this season working in a rotation with Connor Barwin and Trent Cole . But the time will come soon enough where he'll bump one of them off the roster -- potentially Cole since he's older and makes a bunch of money.
Fantasy owners will have to be patient in waiting for Smith to see every-down work, and it won't be until then when he'll have some numbers -- not great numbers -- because outside linebackers typically need a ton of sacks and other stats to supplement their weak (by comparison) tackle totals. Smith should be a good mid-round pick in rookie-only drafts and a late-round choice in dynasty/keeper leagues but he's not worth taking in a standard seasonal format.
|The Eagles drafted defensive end Marcus Smith in the first round of the NFL Draft from Louisville. He's expected to be part of their pass-rush rotation and play sparingly, but he is coming off a strong year in college and could make an impact right away. Smith had 14.5 sacks in 2013, and we hope he can continue to harass opposing quarterbacks in the NFL. He is worth the look as a late-round pick in seasonal IDP leagues, and he's a solid choice in rookie-only IDP formats with a mid-round pick.
(Updated 5/22/14) |