Willie Smith (offensive tackle, born 1986)

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Willie Smith
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Smith at Redskins training camp in 2011.
No. 71 Carolina Panthers
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth: Smithfield, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Kenly (NC) North Johnston
College: East Carolina
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Games played: 29
Games started: 11
Player stats at NFL.com

Willie Junior Smith (born November 13, 1986) is an American football offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for East Carolina University.

He also played for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 310 lb 3412 in 1114 in 5.50 s 1.85 s 3.11 s 4.83 s 7.95 s 30.5 in 8 ft 10 in
All values from NFL Combine[1][2]

Washington Redskins[edit]

2011 season[edit]

On July 28, 2011, the Washington Redskins signed Smith as an undrafted free agent.[3] Due to the suspension of Trent Williams, he played his first professional game in Week 14 of the 2011 season, rotating the left tackle position with Sean Locklear.[4] In Week 15 against the New York Giants, Smith would start his first game instead of Locklear.[5] He continued to start as the left tackle for the rest of the 2011 season. Smith has received praise for his ability to defend against elite pass rushers Jason Pierre-Paul, Jared Allen, and Trent Cole, despite being a rookie.[6]

2012 season[edit]

During training camp in 2012, Smith split snaps at right tackle with Tyler Polumbus and Maurice Hurt after Jammal Brown was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.[7] He was released on August 31, 2012 for final cuts before the start of the 2012 season.[8]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

On September 1, 2012, Smith was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders.[9] On September 27, 2013, he was released.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On November 18, 2013, Smith signed a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers.[10]

Second Stint with Redskins[edit]

Smith re-signed with the Redskins on June 2, 2015.[11] He was released on August 31.[12]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On August 18, 2016, Smith signed with the Panthers.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL Combine Profile
  2. ^ NFL Draft Scout
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, Gary (July 28, 2011). "Redskins Sign Three Undrafted Rookies". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  4. ^ Jones, Mike (December 11, 2011). "Fill-in tackles Willie Smith, Tyler Polumbus impress Coach Mike Shanahan". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Willie Smith starts for Sean Locklear at LT for Redskins". AOLSportingNews.com. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Gary (January 17, 2012). "Smith Stepped Up Against Elite Pass Rushers". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  7. ^ Whyno, Stephen (July 26, 2012). "Redskins place Jammal Brown on PUP list with hip soreness". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  8. ^ Jones, Mike (August 31, 2012). "Redskins' cutdown day begins". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  9. ^ Corkran, Steve (September 1, 2012). "Raiders sign offensive tackle". Inside the Oakland Raiders. 
  10. ^ Gehlken, Michael (November 18, 2013). "Chargers sign Willie Smith ex-Raiders Tackle". UTSanDiego.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  11. ^ Walker, Andrew (June 2, 2015). "Redskins Bring Back Tackle Willie Smith". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  12. ^ Keim, John (August 31, 2015). "Washington Redskins cut 13 players, including Willie Smith". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  13. ^ Henson, Max. "Panthers sign OT Willie Smith". Panthers.com. 

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