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After Long Road Back, Smith Close to Roster Spot


FRISCO, Texas – By the end of Tuesday night, training camp will be officially over.

By Thursday night, the preseason will come to an end as well.

The question that so many roster hopefuls have to ask themselves is simple:

Have I done enough to make it?

For Devin Smith, however, he might ask himself that question to himself. But publicly, the wide receiver said he won't worry about it whether he's on the final 53-man roster, which gets revealed on Saturday.
"You just control what you can control," Smith said. "All I can do is come out here and work hard, and be my best every play. If I do that, I can't worry about anything else."

While many of the roster spots have been solidified, it appears the final wide receiver spot, or perhaps the last two, are still up for grabs.

Based solely on training camp and preseason game performance, Smith would be a strong candidate to make this team.

He not only leads the Cowboys in both receptions (12) and receiving yards (157), but has been a consistent player in the games and practices here in the last three weeks.

If he's got stiff competition for a spot, it would be from Cedrick Wilson, a sixth-round pick from last year who spent the entire season on IR. Wilson has played in two games, missing the Rams game in Hawaii because of a concussion he suffered in Week 1 of the preseason.

The Cowboys could end up keeping both Wilson and Smith as the fifth and sixth receivers. That scenario would likely mean that Noah Brown would be placed on PUP and wouldn't be eligible to return from injury until six games.

Again, Smith said he's not getting caught up in the numbers. And after all that he's gone through, why would he?
Smith, a second-round pick of the Jets back in 2015, has suffered two ACL injuries in his pro career, which led to him playing only 14 games in his first three seasons. Smith was out of football in 2018.

"It was tough because I didn't what was going to happen next," Smith said after the second knee injury. "I wasn't playing. And I didn't know if I'd ever get that opportunity again."

Smith signed with the Cowboys in January of 2019 and has spent all offseason with the team. His speed has returned to form, which is one of the reasons the Cowboys are intrigued, knowing that he can be a deep-threat in this offense.

Now, Smith is trying to prove he can be a contributor on special teams as well, something that will be his ticket to the roster if he can show that in the final preseason game on Thursday.

"I know I have to be more than (a receiver)," Smith said. "I have to show up on special teams. I'm looking forward to be able to prove that."

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