Marcus Smith

Redskins Place Reed, McCoy On IR

On Thursday, the Redskins placed quarterback Colt McCoy and tight end Jordan Reed on injured reserve. To take their places, they added defensive end Marcus Smith and defensive back Alex Carter. 

[RELATED: Cardinals Claim D.J. Swearinger]

The playoffs are out of reach for the Redskins, so there was little sense in jeopardizing the health of two key players for Sunday’s wrap-up game against the Eagles. Reed, who has missed the last couple of games with foot and ankle injuries, did not practice this week, so his IR placement does not come as a surprise. McCoy, meanwhile, was pushing to play roughly four weeks after suffering a broken fibula, but the club will now allow him to put himself in harm’s way for little gain.

Smith had a cup of coffee with the Redskins earlier this month and they may be curious to see what he can do in the final game of the season. At minimum, he’ll be an extra body over the next couple days of practice.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Colts Work Out Marcus Smith

Former Eagles first-rounder Marcus Smith worked out for the Colts this week, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The defensive end spent time with the Redskins earlier season, but his stint in D.C. lasted less than two weeks. 

[RELATED: Le’Veon Bell Eyeing Deal With Colts]

Smith entered the league with tons of hype for his athletic ability, but he has not been able to piece it altogether. He was largely ineffective for the Eagles and his second act with the Seahawks ended this summer when he flirted with retirement. Smith did manage 2.5 sacks in both 2016 and 2017, but he has never started an NFL game in his five seasons.

With two games to go, the Colts have a 34% chance of reaching the postseason, per FiveThirtyEight. With wins over the Giants and Titans, they’ll be virtually assured of a Wild Card spot.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Redskins Waive Kapri Bibbs, Make Several Other Moves

The Redskins are still alive in the NFC playoff race, but their hopes are dwindling fast as they’ve dealt with an onslaught of injuries. Now on the eve of their must win game against the Jaguars, Washington is shuffling the bottom of their roster.

The team waived running back Kapri Bibbs and defensive end Marcus Smith, and promoted tight end Matt Flanagan and defensive back Joshua Holsey from the practice squad to take their spots on the roster, the team announced via Twitter. They also placed long snapper Nick Sundberg on injured reserve, and signed long snapper Andrew East to replace him.

Bibbs has actually received some pretty significant playing time at times over the past two seasons, so his release is a bit of a surprise. This year he had carried 20 times for 101 yards and three touchdowns, and caught 13 passes for 102 yards and another touchdown. Smith, a first round pick of the Eagles back in 2014, just was signed a couple of weeks ago.

Flanagan is an undrafted rookie from Pitt who is primarily a blocking tight end, and Holsey was a seventh round pick of the Redskins in 2017. Flanagan was likely promoted because starting tight end Jordan Reed is going to miss some time with a toe injury. If the Redskins lose to Jacksonville and fall out of playoff contention, it’s quite possible both youngsters receive some run down the stretch.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Redskins To Sign DE Marcus Smith

The Redskins have agreed to sign former Eagles first round pick Marcus Smith. The defensive end may have an opportunity to make his D.C. debut on Sunday when the Redskins face the rival Giants.

[RELATED: Redskins Won’t Audition Colin Kaepernick]

Smith showed his wares for the Jets and Bills last month, but left both auditions without a deal. Instead, the Redskins will give him his first opportunity to play in 2018 after he reportedly flirted with retirement in the summer .

In three seasons with the Eagles, Smith never made a start and registered only four sacks. Over time, his playing time waned and Smith played on only 20% of Philadelphia’s defensive snaps in 2016. The Seahawks scooped up the 26-year-old in 2017 017 and he showed some promise in a limited role. In his 252 snaps, Smith registered 14 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

The Redskins have bigger issues to deal with – such as their ailing offensive line and messy quarterback situation – but Smith could provide support for the team’s leading edge rushers down the stretch.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Minor NFL Transactions: 12/4/18

We’ll keep track of today’s minor moves here:

Atlanta Falcons

Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills

Denver Broncos

Green Bay Packers

Miami Dolphins

Oakland Raiders

Pittsburgh Steelers

Washington Redskins

NFL Workout Updates: 12/3/18

Here is the latest from the workout circuit. All links to NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account, unless otherwise noted.

Buffalo Bills

Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

  • G Salesi Uhatafe (link)

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins

Bills To Work Out Marcus Smith

Former Eagles first-round defensive end Marcus Smith will work out for the Bills on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. This marks Smith’s second workout of the year following his release from the Seahawks in August. 

Smith also showed his wares for the Jets last week, but left New Jersey without a deal. The Bills are at least curious to see what Smith can offer, even though he flirted with retirement over the summer.

In three seasons with the Eagles, Smith never made a start and registered only four sacks. In 2016, the 26-year-old Smith played on only 20% of Philadelphia’s defensive snaps. But, he may still have potential and he would represent a low-risk signing for the 4-7 Bills. On the plus side, Smith had 14 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 252 snaps for the Seahawks last year.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

NFL Workout Updates: 11/13/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit. All links go to NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account, unless otherwise noted.

Arizona Cardinals

Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Tennessee Titans

Jets To Work Out Marcus Smith

Former Eagles first-round defensive end Marcus Smith will work out for the Jets on Tuesday, Manish Mehta of the Daily News tweets. This is the first we’ve heard of Smith since his release from the Seahawks in August.

Towards the end of the summer, Smith was said to be considering retirement. The Seahawks were cautiously optimistic about what he could do this season, but they cut ties as his motivation was called into question.

In three seasons with the Eagles, Smith never made a start and registered only four sacks. In 2016, the 26-year-old Smith played on only 20% of Philadelphia’s defensive snaps.

The Seahawks scooped up Smith after he was released in the summer of 2017 and he showed some promise in a limited role. In 252 snaps, Smith had 14 tackles and 2.5 sacks, and he was re-signed to a one-year deal that could have paid him up to $2.7MM this year.

The Jets are also taking a look at outside linebacker Marquis Flowers and it seems likely that they’ll made at least one addition to their pass rush this week.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Marcus Smith May Retire

Former Seahawks defensive end Marcus Smith may retire after just four seasons in the NFL, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Smith, a former first-round pick of the Eagles, was not fully committed to playing in 2018, which led to his release from Seattle. 

In three seasons with the Eagles, Smith never made a start and registered only four sacks. In 2016, the 26-year-old Smith played on only 20% of Philadelphia’s defensive snaps.

The Seahawks scooped up Smith after he was released last summer and he showed some promise in a limited role. In 252 snaps, Smith had 14 tackles and 2.5 sacks, and he was re-signed to a one-year deal that could have paid him up to $2.7MM this year.

After four total years in the league, the former first-round pick seems ready to move on to something else.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.