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Could the Lions cut Kevin Smith?

Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 12:15 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

To answer my own question, yes, yes they could cut Kevin Smith if they were so inclined. Of course, though Jahvid Best may be an amazing talent, it wouldn't seem like the Lions would want to bail on Smith, their 2008 third-rounder, especially given his success (injury aside) in 2008 -- 976 yards rushing, 286 receiving -- and 2009 -- 747, 415.

Still, head coach Jim Schwartz didn't exactly give a whole lot of reason for Smith to be optimistic about his roster spot when asked if he would be a tough decision for a roster spot, according to the Detroit Free-Press .

"I don't know," coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday. "I'll cross that bridge when we get there. I don't know that there's very many people that have 100% earned a spot."

Well, there ARE a few people that are 100%: anyone Schwartz drafted early or signed as a free agent probably qualifies.

Smith isn't one of those, clearly, and he's averaged a paltry 2.8 yards per carry in the preseason, fumbled in key situations, all while coming off of major knee surgery.

"Kevin's a very, very smart football player, and he's going to do the right thing," Schwartz said. "He's got a lot of trust from those things. He just needs -- and it's not so much earning our trust -- he just needs to get his own trust with his knee and everything else. I've known a lot of people to come back from knee injuries and they need to get to the point where it's not even on their agenda anymore; they don't think about it when they're out there. That's a long process. That's not an overnight thing. So he's still working that way."

In other words, if Schwartz feel like Smith won't be able to work his way through that process fast enough to contribute during the regular season, he's no lock to make the Lions roster.

Still, don't be shocked if Schwartz' comments aren't simply some sort of motivational ploy to speed Smith's mental recovery up.

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Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 7:21 am
 

Could the Lions cut Kevin Smith?

we(just a DIE hard fan)should keep him! The way injuries happen in the NFL he will play at some piont this season!! He is a millen pick thats why he doesnt play! LOL. If they (lions) are bent on sittng him for the season just trade him for a CB or just a bag of Balls. Atleast get something!!! No?



Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Could the Lions cut Kevin Smith?

Cut him. Now. You can say all you want about him being scrappy and a hard worker, but the as an NFL running back he's limited. He's not shifty and he's not fast, and coming off of knee surgery both of those attributes will be worse. If you're going to have that combination you better be a big guy like Brandon Jacobs, and Smith isn't that much bigger than Best. He's a great guy and I wish him well but if this team is going to move forward there's no room for marginally talented players like Kevin Smith, not when we have a stable of backs better than him. Keep Morris as a second back and Brown as another speed guy to spell Best.



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:47 am
 

Could the Lions cut Kevin Smith?

I've met Kevin Smith, and the guy is dumb as a rock. He and Ernie Simms put on the movie Borat (they had the DVD) and kept laughing. After a while, it became evident that they thought Borat was a real person and not the actor Sacha Baron Cohen. True story.



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:45 am
 

Could the Lions cut Kevin Smith?

Actually, a lot of experts believe that they have a decent O-Line.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 10:11 am
 

Could the Lions cut Kevin Smith?

A patlry 2.8 yards per carry behind that O line ,your practically doin' it yourself .What if Best gets hurt? then your SOL coach.



Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:56 am
 

Could the Lions cut Kevin Smith?

smith has played on some bad lions teams, you have to admit. I think with best leading the way they would definately compliment eachother. He will overcome his issues as he has overcome them before. Of Morris, Brown, and Dorsey, I like Brown, very quick and he is learning plus has the upside as a returner. Im going to go on a reach and compare Smith and Best together as to Williams and Stewart from Carolina, SWtewart seems to be hurt all the time yet still plays hard



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2010 7:56 am
 

Could the Lions cut Kevin Smith?

I agree totally! If the Lions can get Smith roling with Best they could win some tight games instead of blowing it in the final 5 minutes.
The guy(Smith) should be on the roster to see if he can work though it. I feel with the new pieces the lions have a chance to improve to playoff contenders in the next 2 years.



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