Eric Smith (American football)
|Date of birth:March 17, 1983|
|Place of birth: Columbus, Ohio|
|High school: Groveport (OH) Madison|
|College: Michigan State|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97|
|Debuted in 2006 for the New York Jets|
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Eric Smith (born March 17, 1983) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan State.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 in||209 lb||4.63 s||1.61 s||2.70 s||4.11 s||6.91 s||40 in||10 ft 7 in||21 reps|
New York Jets (2006-2012)
Smith was selected 97th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. Smith had been rising on many draft boards in the weeks leading up to the draft as he was praised for his instincts and physicality on the field. The Jets signed Smith to a contract on July 21, 2006.
In 15 games, Smith recorded 40 tackles and 5 passes defensed.
Smith finished the season with 32 tackles, 4 passes defensed and an interception.
Smith was primarily utilized as a back up defender and on special teams. In 16 games, he recorded a career high 48 tackles, 6 pass defensed and an interception.
In the team's week two matchup against the New England Patriots, Smith delivered a hit to wide receiver Wes Welker and was flagged for hitting a defenseless receiver. Smith apologized to Welker during the game, which Welker accepted, and was later fined $7,500 by the league.
Smith re-signed with Jets on July 30, 2011 to a three-year deal worth $7.5 million.
Smith suffered a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury on his left knee during the August 10 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. An MRI came back negative. Smith was eventually knocked out for the entire 2012 season. He was released from the Jets on February 19, 2013.
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