Eagles expected to release Marcus Smith

The defensive end has struggled to meet expectations over his three seasons in the league, and could be a roster casualty.

| 4 weeks ago
Philadelphia Eagles edge defender Marcus Smith

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Eagles expected to release Marcus Smith

  • Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice has said it’s a matter of when, not if, the Philadelphia Eagles release Marcus Smith, who has been a defensive end for the team the last three seasons.
  • Smith played 220 snaps last season, 135 rushing the passer. He only managed 11 total pressures, including two sacks.
  • Although his snaps have increased each year since entering the league (74 as a rookie, 131 in year two), his level of play has not. Smith’s overall grade dropped from 51.1 in 2015 to 46.2 in 2016.
  • Smith even found it difficult to beat backup offensive linemen in the preseason. He only had nine total pressures in 121 pass-rush snaps throughout his career.
  • The edge defender has been used as an inside and outside linebacker in Billy Davis’ 3-4 scheme, and a defensive end in Jim Schwartz’s 4-3. He has failed to impress in either scheme, mostly featuring on special teams.
  • Smith is buried on the team’s depth chart, and will compete with Steven Means and Alex McCalister for a roster spot in training camp.

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