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Andre Smith feels he's making progress

Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:59 pm
Former first-round pick A. Smith has been a big disappointment in Cincinnati (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I know that you’re hungering for some Andre Smith news. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy is aware of it as well. That’s why he gives us an update on one of the biggest busts from the last few NFL Drafts.

The Bengals OT continues not to get much playing time. Partially it’s because he’s battled injuries in his two seasons in the league, and partially, it’s because he’s still not in the type of shape Cincinnati’s staff expects.

Now, Smith says he’s not back to where he needs to be but he’s getting closer.

From Reedy’s blog post:

Smith has been mainly used when the Bengals have run goal-line and unbalanced line plays, but he has seen a couple snaps too spelling Dennis Roland.

He has also been seeing time daily in practice at right guard, which is a position he has not regularly played since his freshman year in high school. Smith estimates he is seeing about 10-15 reps there every practice.

“Coach Lewis told me as long as I’m a backup to make sure I can play more than one position,” Smith said. “I just have to take advantage of the snaps when my number is called. That’s the frame of thought that I’m taking when it comes to playing time.”

Still, not a great spot to be in – whether you’re talking about Smith or the Bengals – if you’re the No. 6 overall player drafted in 2009.

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