Davis: Smith Will Have ‘Limited Role’ Sunday

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The progress of rookie Marcus Smith II has turned into a daily storyline at the NovaCare Complex.

T-Mac wrote about the Eagles’ first-round pick this morning, and in the afternoon, defensive coordinator Billy Davis was asked what kind of role Smith would have Sunday against the Jaguars.

"He'll have a limited role," Davis said. "We're still not at that place where we're positive with everything. We're game-planning for certain situations. What they come at us with will dictate what we can come back at them with, what personnel groupings we're in, how we use our players, what the matchups are. So all those things will fall into that decision.

"Marcus is like a lot of rookies. You have the preseason where you continually saw him get better and he got more comfortable in the scheme. I think he stopped trying to make plays and let the plays come to him a little bit more. I think when you turn on the bright lights of the real season and it's all ones against all ones, I think things change a little bit. As we move forward, we'll grow all our rookies in the same light. We'll see what they can handle, what they can't, drop 'em in their limited roles and grow it as they show us that they're capable of handling it."

Based on what Davis said, it seems likely that Smith dresses, but doesn't play much in Week 1.


The Eagles filled the 10th spot on their practice squad with outside linebacker Colton Underwood.

Underwood (6-3, 256) played his college ball at Illinois State.

Original reports had the Eagles signing Teddy Williams, but according to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly, Williams "ruffled some feathers" at the NovaCare Complex, and the Eagles decided to go in a different direction.


Josh Huff (shoulder) and Matt Tobin (ankle) continue to be sidelined.

Rookie cornerback Jaylen Watkins was not participating in the portion of practice open to the media today.

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  • TXEaglesFan

    “Williams “ruffled some feathers” at the NovaCare Complex; I have a picture in my head of ace Ventura beating up Swoop…

    • CHRIS – CB with dreads

      Great movie

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        you just cost me 25 grand, polly

        • CHRIS – CB with dreads

          Yea? Blow me.

          Definitely Philly’s mascot haha

    • MagatBrackendale

      Picture in my mind, which happens around here, was of a persistent crow trying to chase an eagle away from it’s favorite food stop. Movie way funnier, though.

  • Chuck Dougherty

    how come this is the first we are hearing of this? give us the Deets!!

  • Chuck Dougherty

    wouldn’t have mind the eagles taking a flyer on S. Hill..You can’t teach speed.

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      Unfortunately based on his career so far you can’t teach him how to catch or run routes neither.

    • PaoliBulldog

      I think Hill signed with Panthers.

      • Chuck Dougherty

        dang it.. alrighty.. thanks for the heads up.

  • PaoliBulldog

    How in the world does a UFA “ruffle feathers?”

    Did the Eagles thaw out Ted Williams’ brain by mistake?

    • MagatBrackendale

      I wondered if he was related to the tight ends coach, maybe a little nepotism, was too big for his britches?

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    Colton…ugh…probably another ‘Richard’

  • Kleptolia

    Driving to work, Jason Peters looks into his driver’s side mirror.

    “Objects I’m mirror may be larger than they appear,” it reads, helpfully.

    He spends the rest of the afternoon thinking about it.

  • JofreyRice

    That’s good, he’s not ready. I am impressed that he was starting to put it together against the third stringers in the Jets game. Hopefully he continues to progress to the point where we can see him out there on special teams soon.