The New York Jets announced this afternoon that they’ve cut ties with oft-injured 2015 second round selection Devin Smith.
We have re-signed WR Deshon Foxx and waived/injured WR Devin Smith.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 22, 2017
The wide receiver out of Ohio State was a straight line burner for the Buckeyes but never had the chance to get his career truly off the ground courtesy of two ACL tears, one in December of his rookie season and the other taking place just last month. Smith managed to tally just 10 receptions for 135 receiving yards and 1 touchdown in his 14 contests with the Jets.
Where does Smith go from here? We likely won’t hear from him this season. But considering NFL franchises have minimal tape to judge him on, his college assessment is still notable and whomever lands his services will be targeting him largely on his college film. Devin Smith’s film was filled with excellent skills tracking the ball vertically down the field.
Deep passing offenses would suit Smith’s skills best and if landing him on a favorable contract, Smith would be worth stashing in hopes that these are the last of his knee issues. Provided a team does sign Smith before or during training camp, consider him part of the 2017 NFL Draft class. He’s coming in with some added seasoning with two years of off-season programming under his belt.
But by and large he’s still every bit of the unknown but tantalizing asset he was in the 2015 NFL Draft. My personal report on Smith from the spring of 2015 is included below: