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New York Giants Have Interest in Former St. Louis Rams OT Jason Smith; Host Workout

October 3rd, 2013 at 5:27 PM
By Douglas Rush

The New York Giants offensive line has struggled tremendously in 2013 to the point where they have gotten Eli Manning sacked 14 times already and are responsible for the rushing attack being ranked dead last in the entire NFL through the first four weeks.

So it would make sense for the team to look for outside help and reinforcements to help protect their franchise quarterback and to try and jump-start a struggling unit. The Giants signed former Philadelphia Eagles center Dallas Reynolds earlier this week, who may get the start in Week 5 against his old team, but Giants general manager Jerry Reese isn't stopping there.

On Thursday, Mike Florio from NBC's Pro Football Talk reported that the Giants visited Jason Smith with interest in the former first round pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Smith was the number two overall selection in that draft, but ran into injury problems, suffering a severe concussion during his time with the team. Before the 2012 season, the Rams agreed to trade Smith to the New York Jets in exchange for struggling right tackle Wayne Hunter, but the Jets released him in February of this year after playing in just two games with the team.

In April, Smith was signed by the New Orleans Saints, but was cut on August 21. Two days later, the Jets agreed to bring Smith back for a second time with the team, but was cut on August 31 when the team had to get the roster down to 53 players and has been a free agent since.

Smith has dealt with injuries and many have labeled him another 2009 draft bust, but despite that, the Giants showing interest just goes to show how bad it has been on their team and how dire their situation is to get help in order to protect Manning.

Smith is an enormous human being at 6'5" and 310 pounds and has great size and speed to play right tackle. When coming out of Baylor, he was known as being one of the more agile and athletic offensive lineman coming into the NFL, which has has shown in his ability to get out in front in blocks and can pass block and run block very well, using his combination of size, strength and speed to beat defenders.

If the Giants were able to sign Smith, it would allow them to put Smith at right tackle and then move Justin Pugh to the inside and put him at either left or right guard; a spot many felt that Pugh was going to end up when he entered the NFL in April, but the Giants had a need and inserted Pugh into the right tackle slot. Or, the Giants could keep Pugh at right tackle where he's shown some success early on and move Smith inside to guard and see if he can have success at a new position; something players have done many times in their careers.

At this point in the season, a veteran minimum deal is what Smith would be looking at, but given the fact that he made at least $33 million in guaranteed money from his rookie deal from the Rams four years ago, coming to the Giants wouldn't be about money; it would be about the chance at redemption and another chance to shine in the NFL.

Smith isn't the only player from that draft class the Giants have had interest in, as they has signed former Seattle Seahawks linebacker and the number four overall pick from that year in Aaron Curry, but he decided to retire from the league after being released in late August.

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59 Responses to “New York Giants Have Interest in Former St. Louis Rams OT Jason Smith; Host Workout”

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  1.  Krow says:

    It’s worse than I thought !!!

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Well, They didn’t wanna kick the tires on this kid at the start of the year, but NOW, after was released by the Jets, they’re gonna give him a whirl.

    Let’s see how many times we hear the word “Potential”, “could be”, “would be” or whatever other silliness is to be said about this flat tire.

    Desperate times, call for desperate measures. But this isn’t your LB plug in like Rivers, or Connor, or what’s his name that people had hopes for, AARON CURRY?!

    This kid proved this year that he can’t cut it. And i actually wanted to bring him in at one point.

  3.  William says:

    Deihl is back in the line up and BJ is ready to pound the rock it feels like old time.

    Unfortunately, TC after practice questioned the entire team on who ate the extra ice cream and frozen strawberries.

    Look for the marbles on the sidelines this week.

  4.  ERICHONIUS says:

    i wonder if he has been tried at guard… sounds like he may have the size and athleticism to be a pulling guard that it seems the team covets

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      sounds like it.

      But let’s face it. If it looks and tastes and smells like $hit, it’s probably $hit.

      Giants are in desperation mode.

      •  ERICHONIUS says:

        Well, I don’t know about Smith but, if anything, I feel Pugh and Beatty have been the most solid of any players on the line. I would say Pugh has been the best. So I would rather have the giants keep Pugh were he is and try to find guards that can at least be mediocre in pass protection. This Smith may have had trouble playing tackle, but perhaps he can thrive at a less demanding position — guard. who knows.

  5.  JimStoll says:

    wow wow wow

    anyone ready to embrace my 52-0 prediction
    or are you holding out for the over/under being set at 60 60/0

  6.  BigBlueGiant says:

    wouldnt shock me at all if JR signs him. Besides the fact that this is an extremely desperate move to add some depth to the O-line and nothing more, this is the type of guy that JR likes to bring in.

    Still young, High Draft pick who hasn’t amounted to anything in this league. Constantly injured, and just can’t hack at this level.

    BUT, people see the 2nd overall in ’09 and say ” What if” or my personal favorite “the kid has potential”, or even this ” if it hadn’t been for that ONE injury, who knows….”

    Same old guys that amount to zero.

    Hey, BUT… let’s just say……

  7.  ERICHONIUS says:

    @Doug Rush
    “If the Giants were able to sign Smith, it would allow them to put Smith at right tackle and then move Justin Pugh to the inside and put him at either left or right guard; his natural position and where he played at Syracuse before being drafted by the Giants in April.”

    I was under the impression that Pugh has never played guard at any level. Maybe I am mistaken?

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      don’t listen to Doug. (NO offense, Doug).

      If the Giants sign this guy it will be nothing more than depth added. Someone who couldn’t make the Saints, and the Jets isn’t coming in and starting. He’ll be depth.

      •  Doug Rush says:


        first mistake in life is not listening to me, lol jk

        in all seriousness, with the way the Giants offensive line has been, which is downright putrid….every option is a chance to start. Surprised Brandon Mosley hasn’t been given a chance either since they’ve tried Brewer and Cordle too.

      •  ERICHONIUS says:

        because our oline has been so much better than the Jets or Saints? I think that it is likely that there are quite a few players cut by other teams who are better players today than: Deihl, Snee, Baas, Brewer, Cordle, or Mosley… Sad but likely true.

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          same could be said about our LB’s.

          But, no. this kid blows.

          •  ERICHONIUS says:

            well there likely are no starting caliber OL prospects in FA right now. So we get someone like Smith. Who, dispite not being a starting caliber OLman, is likely better than most of the OLmen we do have. I mean lets be realistic. The giants are looking for improvements right now, not 10 year starters.

    •  Doug Rush says:

      I looked further into it….Pugh was a tackle at Syracuse, but is projected to eventually move in at guard.

      I swore I thought he played guard, but apparently he did not. I fixed and updated the story accordingly. Thanks for reading Erichonius.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        he was drafted to play guard for us.

      •  ERICHONIUS says:

        no problem. BTW I don’t mean to be THAT guy. I honestly didn’t know because I don’t watch college football. I just heard that Pugh never played guard on this board.

        •  Krow says:

          Pugh played guard on his pee wee team I heard … when he was 8. That’s when they determined it was his natural position. But back then he wanted to be a fireman or an astronaut.

        •  Doug Rush says:

          No biggie, I swore I thought I heard during the draft that he was a guard at Syracuse because they kept saying he was going to be a force inside.

          But at least we all now know for our sake.

  8.  BillyS says:

    When the Rams drafted Jason Smith I thought he was the closest thing to safe as possible in a draft. Wrong. The guy simply cannot stay healthy. Period. He had an enormous amount of talent, but he couldn’t stay healthy. Now he’s older and really hasn’t done much. If he grades out anywhere near average then it would be a win. Don’t expect much at all because he’s a classic bust.

    •  Krow says:

      Years from now … when he’s arrested … they can say “ex-Giants player apprehended after high speed chase”.

    •  Doug Rush says:

      I thought Aaron Curry was considered by the NFL experts as the “safest pick” of that entire draft…..guess there’s really no such thing.

  9.  BigBlueGiant says:

    First off, he’s only 27.

    Second, he’s had one injury. A serious concussion that caused him to miss the remainder of his rookie year. Then he was traded to the Jets, then they released him.

    But yes, he’s hot doody.

    •  Doug Rush says:

      lol, “hot doody.”

      That may be a term I will have to use when my son is born in 2 months.

  10.  William says:

    Zach Sudfeld cut by Pats…revenge is sweet. He’s an upgrade on our TE roster.

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