Possible Post Draft Steal De’veon Smith Placed On PUP
Even if the PUP trip is short term for Smith, it’s not a great start
When De’veon Smith was signed many Dolphins fans were ecstatic about the signing. I had heard his name before and had a vague image of him from highlights, but since I watch very little college ball, I was ho-hum on his acquisition.
Then I was given some clips of Smith, and the potential came roaring to my mind.
His style of play fits perfectly in the NFL: power, aggressive, working in close confines, and down hill.
But Smith went undrafted, and regardless of whether those reasons are real or just perceived, and he must make every opportunity count to earn a roster spot.
And he can’t do that from the trainers table.
The Physically Unable to Perform designation or PUP isn’t terrible, and it could end up as only a very short stint, but then again it could also be longer.
Compound this with the fact that Miami has shown a decent amount interest in Running Back Rashad Jennings (as reported here and many other outlets). And since the Dolphins are one of the handful of teams he is choosing from, the question is why are they interested? It does seem to be more than simple due diligence. Could this mean Smith’s injury is more than short term, or as Francesco Pergolini suggested to me, Damien Williams is in the doghouse and trade-able goods?
PUP put’s Smith in a holding pattern when every rep is needed
There’s in no way to know the underlying reason or reasons as it’s all just guesstimates, even to the best pay per head services can’t say with certainty. But if they are looking at adding another vet back, then they see the RB spot as incomplete.
Given they have Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, and Kenyan Drake, Miami must be looking to keep four Running Backs, or if it’s to be only three, one of the “big three” isn’t considered to be sticking around long term.
Like many, many things this season, only time will tell.
But back to Smith.
This kid can play and would be a nice find as an undrafted rookie, even if it was at the very least just as depth. But injuries and a poor Pro Day and Combine performances were part of the reason he went undrafted, and whether that slide was justified or not, he’d better get it going or he’ll be gone. Heal quick Devon and show the world you can be a pro. Go Fins!!!