Jason Smith comes to New Orleans after spending the 2012 season with the New York Jets, providing depth at the tackle position, while competing for a spot in the club’s rotation along the line. Smith has appeared in 45 games with 26 career starts for the Jets and St. Louis after being selected by the Rams in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Baylor. In his three seasons as a starter, Smith has blocked for a 1,000 yard rusher each time.
NFL CAREER – Jason Smith comes to New Orleans after spending the 2012 season with the New York Jets, providing depth at the tackle position, while competing for a spot in the club’s rotation along the line. Smith has appeared in 45 games with 26 career starts for the Jets and St. Louis after being selected by the Rams in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Baylor. In his three seasons as a starter, Smith has blocked for a 1,000 yard rusher each time
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms with Saints on a one-year contract, 4/11/13; Released by Jets, 2/19/13; Acquired by New York Jets from St. Louis Rams, 8/28/12; Placed on reserve/injured, 11/25/11; Signed by Rams to a five-year contract, 7/30/09; Selected by the Rams in the first round (second overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
2012 – After being acquired by the Jets from the Rams at the conclusion of the preseason, Smith played in all 16 games for the first time in his career as a backup lineman and blocking tight end. 2011 – Started the first six games at RT, before suffering a concussion week seven that forced him to be inactive for four more contests before being placed on reserve/injured. 2010 – Started a career-high 15 games at RT, blocking for RB Steven Jackson who rushed for 1,241 yards and protecting QB Sam Bradford, who became the second rookie quarterback to throw for more than 3,500 yards…Cleared paths for Jackson, allowing him to pile up a season-high 114 yards rushing at Detroit, Oct. 10…Helped Jackson reach the 100-yard plateau for the third consecutive game at Tampa Bay, Oct. 24…Kept Bradford upright as the Rams’ offensive line did not allow a single sack vs. Atlanta, Nov. 21…Part of an offensive line that helped Bradford to his first career 300-yard passing performance at Denver, Nov. 28…Sprung Jackson on a 27-yard touchdown run with a key seal block in the third quarter, as part of a 102-yard performance at Arizona, Dec. 5. 2009 – Played in eight games with five starts as a rookie for the Rams, missing seven games due to a knee injury and a concussion…Part of a line that helped Jackson compile four consecutive 100-yard rushing performances…At Detroit, Nov. 1, started at RT as part of a line that opened up running lanes for Jackson to rush for 149 yards on 22 carries and did not allow a sack on QB Marc Bulger…Started at RT vs. New Orleans, Nov. 15, helping block for the Rams to post a season-high 434 total yards, record 23 first downs and tally three touchdowns…Started at RT vs. Arizona, Nov. 22 as part of a line that helped Jackson record his fourth straight and sixth game of the season of at least 100 yards before leaving in the fourth quarter with a head injury.
COLLEGE – Began college career at TE before moving to T for final three seasons…Started 39 of 42 games (24 at LT, seven at RT, eight at TE)…As a lineman, recorded 214 knockdowns/key blocks with 29 TD-resulting blocks…At LT (2007-08), registered 143 knockdowns, 23 TD-resulting blocks and 15 downfield blocks…Allowed only three quarterback pressures and 4.5 sacks in 1,147 plays at LT…Only the 10th offensive lineman in school history to earn All-America, receiving honors from Football Writers Association as senior…Baylor’s first offensive lineman since G Frank Ditta in 1980 to earn honor…Bears’ first All-American T since Mike Hughes in 1975…Unanimous first-team All-Big 12…96 knockdowns were the most ever by a Baylor lineman…Allowed only two pressures and 3.5 sacks on 290 pass plays…Blocking helped Baylor rank 21st in nation and third in Big 12 in rushing, (195.75 yards per game) and opened holes for 29 rushing TDs…Graduated in 2008 with bachelor’s degree in education and attended graduate school during final season.
PERSONAL – Named to The Dallas Morning News Top 100 Area List as a senior at W.T. White (Dallas, Texas) HS…Moved to TE and served as team captain in senior season after earning first-team All-District honors at T as a sophomore and junior…Caught seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown as a senior, earning 2003 all-District 10-5A honors…Married.
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