Smith is on the short list for defensive MVP for the team's offseason program. He used this offseason as an opportunity to get into better shape and to make sure he's ready for the season.
“Really just getting into the optimal shape I want to be in,” Smith said. “I want to come in and make sure I’m ready to go.”
The strong offseason performance comes on the heels of a 2014 season in which Smith posted a career-low two sacks in seven games of action.
“I don’t think I played to my level, and I want to do everything it takes to play consistently at my level,” Smith said. “I know that when I’m playing consistently and I’m on my game, I can’t be stopped.”
The injury doesn't appear serious, though, and more precautionary than anything else. Smith's right foot was wrapped in ice and he watched practice for the last hour. Smith was spotted walking "gingerly" on the foot.
In 2014, Smith had 37 total tackles and 14 sacks.
"That’s a Hall of Famer," Harold said, per ESPN. "And I feel that Aldon has all the intangibles to be a future Hall of Famer. I’m just trying to learn everything I can and just picking up little key words that he was saying. ... Things I’ve never seen or heard,” Harold said. “I feel like it will definitely help me in the future. Definitely advanced things. He was talking balance and target. Where to keep you eyes and head level. Things like that."
"It’s a role I’m comfortable with,” Smith said. “I’m kind of one of the older guys on the team now. I’m one of the guys who has been here for a while, so I’m helping out people who need help with anything, whether that’s knowing where to go down here or football questions.”
Smith served a nine-game suspension during the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on personal conduct and substance abuse.
After serving a nine-game suspension a year ago for violating the NFL's personal-conduct and substance-abuse policy, Smith returned and only tallied two sacks.
The time off followed by sub-par performances has ignited Smith on the practice field thus far, according to general manager Trent Baalke.
"He’s probably in as good a shape as he’s been in a long time," Baalke said, via the San Jose Mercury News. "He’s starting to develop into a leader out there, which is good to see and been a pleasure to watch."
Baalke knows that Smith has an uphill climb in repairing his image. But while Smith attempts to do so, Baalke wanted the San Francisco media to know that Smith is doing what he can to improve ont he playing field.
“He’s got a great look in his eye,” Baalke said. “He’s doing well. I look forward to having you guys visit with him.”
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