Smith, selected by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, suffered a catastrophic knee injury during his final game at Notre Dame and missed the entire 2016 season while recovering. However, Smith participated in drills publicly for the first time Wednesday, going through a wide variety of exercises throughout the session.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said it’s too early to determine whether Smith partakes in the regular season, but is optimistic about his progress.
“Don’t want to make those statements. We certainly love the progress that he’s made and are excited about what he’s been doing up to this point,” Garrett said, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “He’s getting better and better and better. He’s getting more and more comfortable with the football movements. He’s been playing more football for us the last couple of weeks. And that’s been a positive sign for him.”
Smith feels like he’s ready to contribute, however.
“It’s not a limiting factor,” Smith said. “I feel explosive. I’m moving fast. And it’s a great feeling to be a part of the Dallas Cowboys.”
Smith could end up being one of the steals of the 2016 draft if he lives up to his potential, and all eyes are on him as the Cowboys look to defend their NFC East title.
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