JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — On paper, D’Anthony Smith is a third-year veteran in the NFL. On the field, Smith is a rookie.
Season-ending injuries in training camp the past two years have left the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman still in search of his first tackle in a regular-season game.
That should change in about a month. Smith is at full strength now, with no ill effects from the Achilles (2010) and toe (2011) injuries that cost him his first two seasons in the league. He’s even sharing time with the first unit, as normal starters Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu work their way back to full strength following offseason surgeries.
When Knighton and Alualu do return, the Jaguars will have solid depth at that position.