23-Year-Old Linebacker – Dallas Cowboys
2018 Fantasy Football Outlook
A brutal knee injury involving nerve damage threw Smith's career into some question about 2.5 years ago, but his performance last year gives hope that he will prove Dallas right for gambling on him in...
Jaylon Smith Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $6.49 million contract with the Cowboys in May of 2016.
Smith hopes to play without a knee brace during the 2018 season, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
It's anyone's guess whether Smith actually plays this year, and in the event that he does, it's fair to wonder if he'll be healthy enough to stay on the field. The talented Notre Dame product was on track for a place in the first 10 picks of the 2016 draft before a profoundly bad knee injury tore ligaments and caused nerve damage, but going into the summer there has only been optimism surrounding his recovery. If he's able, he will likely start at middle linebacker, which would give him a considerable ceiling to offset the subterranean floor.
A devastating knee injury that included nerve damage ended a fantastic college career for Smith and took him out of a possible top five draft spot, but the Cowboys were comfortable enough with the risks involved that they selected him early in the second round anyway. It'll be a long hard road to recovery for the linebacker, with no guarantee at the end that he'll be able to return to form, but if he does the Cowboys will have a dynamic, game-changing player in the middle of their defense. Don't expect to see him on the field in 2016, though.