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Offline MintBaconDrivel  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, April 24, 2013 2:59:25 PM(UTC)
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Green Bay --- Fortunates change fast in the NFL. Just ask D.J. Smith and Brad Jones.
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:29:13 PM(UTC)
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The Packers parted ways with one of their opening-week defensive starters from 2012, placing linebacker D.J. Smith on waivers Wednesday. According to the league's official transactions, the 24-year-old Smith was waived with a "failed physical' designation. Smith started the first six games of 2012 at middle linebacker for the Packers, recording 39 tackles. However, he
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:45:37 PM(UTC)
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I did not expect him to make this year's roster. That was a horrific knee injury. I appreciate how solid he was in 2011 reserve role. He did well. Wish him the best!
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:26:58 PM(UTC)
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wow sorry to hear this. that explains the Jones deal
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:53:07 PM(UTC)
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So, the rumor about bound an determined to get bigger and tougher is true.
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#6 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:32:53 AM(UTC)
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So he wasn't big enough or tough enough when we drafted him? Or when he played moderately well in '11? If it really is an injury thing - long term damage, that's one thing, but I bet either this season or next, D.J. Smith resurfaces with some other team and plays solid.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:24:24 AM(UTC)
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I think both Saine and Smith are injury related cuts.

The Packers gave them the off-season to try and rehab.

This doesn't mean their careers are over, as someone else said, they will probably keep working at getting 100% and will end up on an NFL roster somewhwere.

Timing is everything for these young guys trying to make it.

Who knows what will happen in TC and pre-season, one or both may just end up back with The Packers.

Anybody remember "Whisper" Goodman.

He was cut but stayed in Green bay working out hoping to get another chance, I don't think he was ever resigned, but he stayed in green bay a couple of years hoping to get another shot.
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#8 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:35:17 AM(UTC)
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So he wasn't big enough or tough enough when we drafted him? Or when he played moderately well in '11? If it really is an injury thing - long term damage, that's one thing, but I bet either this season or next, D.J. Smith resurfaces with some other team and plays solid.


Did you happen to see how the Packers were outmatched in the last two playoff losses? Sometimes, you have to adjust your philosophy. Even Charles Woodson said the Packers need to get BIGGER and FASTER on defense shortly after the 49ers playoff humiliation.


The Packers are going in the right direction. And you can forget any chance of the Packers drafting Five Nine Tryann Mathieu (sp?) too. The guy wasn't even that good. Four interceptions?
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#9 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:42:58 AM(UTC)
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Unlike Saine who I expect to get a shot with the Packers when healthy, I don't think DJ will. He just doesn't fit.

He is a Polish Tweener (Too small for LBer to Slow for S)
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#10 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:21:41 PM(UTC)
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DJ Smith > AJ Hawk
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#11 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:37:15 PM(UTC)
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DJ Smith > AJ Hawk


probably so but with a blown out knee probably not.
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#12 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:41:59 PM(UTC)
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Signed with the Chargers, already. I guess they saw the same in him as we've been seeing around here.
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#13 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:57:11 PM(UTC)
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I really don't understand the move. They can put him on PUP or even IR so he wouldn't have counted against the 53. I just don't see why one of those 80 or whatever off season roster spots is so important that you have to cut a guy who has shown so much potential.
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#14 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:00:03 PM(UTC)
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Signed with the Chargers, already. I guess they saw the same in him as we've been seeing around here.


Really, well I guess the failed physical thing was just a reason to let him go.

I really don't understand this move now, Smith performed well when he was in the lineup, looks like Zero might have hit on it this time, Packers want to get bigger and stronger,

Smith didn't fit the mold.

side note......After D.J. Smith plays 6 years in the NFL, and leads the team he plays for in tackles for that time, and misses only 2 games in that same period, then the moronic Smith > Hawk post can be made.
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#15 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:02:47 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: steveishere Go to Quoted Post
I really don't understand the move. They can put him on PUP or even IR so he wouldn't have counted against the 53. I just don't see why one of those 80 or whatever off season roster spots is so important that you have to cut a guy who has shown so much potential.


currently GB has 67 players on the roster. (If I counted correctly.)
They had 8 via draft. That's 75.
They add 5 undrafted players. That's 80.
They still have 10 more positions available for TC.

Smith was not released to make room for anyone else. They released him to make room for Jones payday. Confused
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#16 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:11:12 PM(UTC)
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I can only tell you what they told us, and that’s they needed to create some space for things they thought was coming. From our perspective, he was ahead of schedule. If you watched the rehab and the conditioning, he was running and lifting. It was curious to us what caused this.

But the phone has been ringing off the hook for him. They did say there’s a possibility that once he’s healthy, that they could bring him back. They just indicated there was something they needed to create some space for.
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#17 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:30:14 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: wpr Go to Quoted Post
currently GB has 67 players on the roster. (If I counted correctly.)
They had 8 via draft. That's 75.
They add 5 undrafted players. That's 80.
They still have 10 more positions available for TC.

Smith was not released to make room for anyone else. They released him to make room for Jones payday. Confused


DJ Smith was making 555,000 you don't really save anything by cutting him since you have to sign a guy to take his place anyways. Cutting him for $$ makes even less sense.
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#18 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:44:46 PM(UTC)
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DJ Smith was making 555,000 you don't really save anything by cutting him since you have to sign a guy to take his place anyways. Cutting him for $$ makes even less sense.


I didn't like the move.

I didn't mean they would free up cap room by releasing him. It frees up on field reps for Jones who is getting paid to pay.
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Offline DoddPower  
#19 Posted : Friday, April 26, 2013 11:04:22 PM(UTC)
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I was neved high on Smith anyway. I saw a player that was decent depth but nothing more. Not a big loss, even if making the big assumption that he returns to pre injury form.
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