D'Anthony Smith Focused On A Comeback, Or A Debut Really

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JULY 28: D'Anthony Smith #95 of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tyson Alualu #93 take part in training camp at Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields on July 28, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, as a rotational pass rushing defensive tackle to go with then rookie first round pick Tyson Alualu and Terrance Knighton. Unfortunately for Smith, in his rookie season he ruptured his Achilles tendon on the very first day of training camp and didn't even get to play a snap his rookie season. It was a scary injury at the time, because an Achilles can be a death knell for defensive lineman, especially when one of their big assets is quickness of the snap of the football.

Smith came back in the 2011 season in reportedly phenomenal shape, but looked kind of so-so in training camp and in the preseason. In the final game of the preseason, Smith tore a ligament in his toe and despite the fact that it would only take about two months to heal, he was placed on injured reserve for the second season in a row.

"I just hope I come through for them this year - I will come through for them this year," Smith told John Oesher of Jaguars.com. "That's the big thing I want to do this year is show I was worth the draft pick that he used on me." Both Smith and his draft mate Alualu have been dealing with injuries their whole NFL career so far, but if both can come into the 2012 season healthy, it could add a little bit to an already good Jaguars defense.

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