There have been plenty of storylines to choose from over the offseason. A big release, an emotional retirement, and all of the normal ticks of the clock have entertained us so far this calendar year.
Maybe it’s because of all of that that Jaylon Smith is flying under the radar(ish), or maybe it’s because we don’t want to let ourselves believe. Whatever the case, Jaylon Smith is living life like a high school junior (braces off) and looking to be the big man on campus now.
Of course, Jaylon hasn’t been a big man since he was literally on a campus back at Notre Dame. We’ve spent two years talking ourselves into the godbacker being a thing, and last season dulled those hopes a bit. The thing is, the hype is back, folks.
Jaylon Smith was flying around today. Was making so many stops in the run game that RB coach Gary Brown was jokingly telling him to chill out— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 6, 2018
Gary Brown: "For the record, I wasn't mad at Jaylon. He was just making too many plays out there. He's looking too good. I don't want him ruining my run game. Calm down, let us get through it every now and again." https://t.co/U0y5Ae2Olp— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 7, 2018
There’s no denying that this is the highest Jaylon’s ceiling has felt since the Cowboys drafted him in 2016. No brace means the drop foot issue is as fixed as ever, and that’s great for a linebacker that experience difficulty cutting in hard directions last season.
Part of what makes Jaylon’s appeal seem so strong even after a rough start to his career is the Cowboys’ first-round pick, Leighton Vander Esch. With LVE commanding the middle of the defense Jaylon won’t be expected to shoulder as significant of a load. While it’s certainly disappointing that Jaylon might not be what Leighton could be, maximizing Jaylon’s strengths (there are definitely some) is crafting quite the specialized weapon.
It’s June which means hope is higher than ever. That being said, hope when it comes to Jaylon Smith comes with a bit of a warning label. How do you feel, BTB? How much are you willing to believe?
How much do you believe that Jaylon Smith is truly ready?
This poll is closed
I’m all in, the godbacker has arrived.
Cautiously optimistic that he’s going to be really good
Not sold, I’ll wait until he does it on the field
Another waste of a second-round pick