Eric Smith (safety)

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Eric Smith
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Smith in 2011
No. 33
Personal information
Born: (1983-03-17) March 17, 1983 (age 35)
Columbus, Ohio
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Groveport Madison
(Groveport, Ohio)
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Pass deflections:25
Player stats at

Eric Smith (born March 17, 1983) is a former American football safety for the New York Jets. He was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan State.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
209 lb
(95 kg)
4.63 s 1.61 s 2.70 s 4.11 s 6.91 s 40 in
(1.02 m)
10 ft 7 in
(3.23 m)
21 reps

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[2] as he was praised for his instincts and physicality on the field.[3] The Jets signed Smith to a contract on July 21, 2006.[4] Smith recorded 27 tackles in 15 games during his rookie season. He also added two interceptions, recording his first against former Cleveland Browns quarterback Charlie Frye.

In 15 games in 2007, Smith recorded 40 tackles and 5 passes defensed.

On September 28, 2008, Smith was fined $50,000 and suspended one game because of a helmet-to-helmet collision with Anquan Boldin of the Arizona Cardinals, which caused Boldin to be hospitalized.[5] 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 2009.[6] 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 in 2010, Smith delivered a hit to wide receiver Wes Welker and was flagged for hitting a defenseless receiver.[7] Smith apologized to Welker during the game, which Welker accepted,[8] and was later fined $7,500 by the league.[7] He was a special teams captain in 2010.[9]

Smith re-signed with Jets on July 30, 2011, to a three-year deal worth $7.5 million.[10] He was a special teams captain in 2011.[11]

Smith suffered a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury on his left knee during the August 10, 2012, preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. An MRI came back negative.[12] Smith was eventually knocked out for the entire 2012 season. He was released from the Jets on February 19, 2013.[13]

Coaching career[edit]

Smith was hired by the New York Jets on February 10, 2014 as a seasonal intern coach.[14]

Smith was hired by the Buffalo Bills to be the assistant special teams coach on January 15, 2015.[15] He served two seasons in Buffalo on Rex Ryan's staff before being dismissed by new coach Sean McDermott.[16]


  1. ^ "2006 SS Draft Prospects",, CBS Sports, 2006, archived from the original on November 6, 2010, retrieved November 6, 2010
  2. ^ Borges, Ron (May 1, 2006), "Jets Couldn't Ask For More With Great Draft",, NBC Sports, archived from the original on November 4, 2010, retrieved November 4, 2010
  3. ^ "2006 NFL Draft - Eric Smith",, Sports Illustrated, 2006, archived from the original on November 4, 2010, retrieved November 4, 2010
  4. ^ Jets Staff (July 21, 2006), "Jets Sign S Eric Smith",, New York Jets, archived from the original on November 4, 2010, retrieved November 4, 2010
  5. ^ Bishop, Greg (2008-09-29). "Two Jets Stars Make a Connection". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  6. ^ Gallo, Nick (June 10, 2010), "Eric Smith's Become a D-Back of All Trades",, New York Jets, archived from the original on November 4, 2010, retrieved November 4, 2010
  7. ^ a b Reiss, Mike (September 24, 2010), "Eric Smith fined for Wes Welker hit",, ESPN, archived from the original on September 27, 2010, retrieved November 4, 2010
  8. ^ Rapoport, Ian R. (September 21, 2010), "Patriots WR Wes Welker claims he's just fine with Eric Smith after illegal hit by Jet defender",, Boston Herald, archived from the original on November 4, 2010, retrieved November 4, 2010
  9. ^ "NFL: New York Jets' Eric Smith Turning Heads, Making a Name for Himself". August 26, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Mehta, Manish (July 30, 2011). "Jets sign Eric Smith to a three-year deal". New York Daily News. Mortimer Zuckerman. Archived from the original on July 30, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  11. ^ Caporoso, Joe (August 14, 2011). "Thoughts On New York Jets 2011-2012 Captains". Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "Eric Smith To Miss Rest Of Jets' Preseason". CBS News New York. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  13. ^ Lange, Randy (19 February 2013). "Five Are Gone, but 'They'll Always Be Jets'". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  14. ^ Frankel, Charlie (February 10, 2014). "Tony Sparano Jr. Promoted, Eric Smith Joins Staff". New York Jets. Archived from the original on February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  15. ^ Buffalo Bills (January 15, 2015). "Bills add seven assistants to coaching staff". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  16. ^ Skurski, Jay (31 January 2017). "Bills announce 14 assistant coaches will not return in 2017". The Buffalo News.

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