It may have taken a year longer than most of his fellow 2016 draftees, but Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith expects to finally make his NFL debut.

Selected 34th overall in 2016, Smith says that he will be on the field next season for Week 1 against the New York Giants, according to Jon Machota of Dallas Morning News.

While players clearing their own health isn’t always a reliable source, the Cowboys have been expecting Smith to be ready for OTAs and rookie minicamp, though his workload will be limited.

Smith, who suffered ACL and LCL tears in his final college game, says he has been participating fully in practice recently. Though he’s still wearing a brace, Smith believes he’s “looking tremendous.”

“I’m out there flying around, getting through bag drills and everything,” said Smith. “I’m loving it.”

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