NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Alex Smith




  • ESPN’s Jordan Raanan writes that while keeping DL Leonard Williams on the franchise tag for the second straight year at $19.4 million wouldn’t be ideal for the Giants’ books, that’s about the number Williams is going to hit on a long-term deal, so the team could use the tag to buy them more time to negotiate if they need to. 
  • ESPN’s Mel Kiper doesn’t expect Florida TE Kyle Pitts to drop past the Giants at No. 11. (Peter King)

Alex Smith

There were a lot of people who doubted whether Washington QB Alex Smith would ever really walk again, let alone return to play professional football. He revealed that his comeback attempt actually caught the team off guard and complicated whatever plans they had at the position. He wasn’t necessarily welcomed back with open arms. 

“When I decided to come back, I definitely threw a wrench in the team’s plan. They didn’t see it, didn’t want me there, didn’t want me to be a part of it, didn’t want me to be on the team, the roster, didn’t want to give me a chance,” Smith said via GQ’s Clay Skipper. “Mind you, it was a whole new regime, they came in, I’m like the leftovers and I’m hurt and I’m this liability. Heck no, they didn’t want me there. At that point, as you can imagine, everything I’d been through, I couldn’t have cared less about all that. [laughs] Whether you like it or not, I’m giving this a go at this point.”

Of course, Smith ultimately ended up winning the backup role and entering the starting lineup late in the year but that was a whole process of convincing the team to give him a legitimate chance to prove himself. 

“I mean, they tried to put me on PUP for two weeks, then they tried to IR me. I felt like I still hadn’t had my fair shake at that point,” Smith said. “I wanted to see if I could play quarterback and play football, and I feel like I hadn’t been given that opportunity yet to find that out. It’s like getting this close to the end line of a marathon and they’re telling you that you can’t finish the race. It’s like, f— that. I’m finishing this thing. At least I’m going to see if I can. So, I’m thankful we worked through all that stuff but no, it wasn’t like open arms coming back after two years. Like I said, new coaches, new faces, and I think I definitely surprised a lot of people that never thought I would even be trying it.”

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