Dawuane Smoot

Jaguars Activate DE Dawuane Smoot From PUP

After suffering an Achilles injury late during the 2022 season, Dawuane Smoot is ready to make his return to the field. The Jaguars announced that they’ve activated the defensive end from the physically unable to perform list. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars placed cornerback Christian Braswell on injured reserve.

While it took a few years for him to find his place on defense, Smoot has emerged as one of the Jaguars’ most consistent pass-rushers in recent years. The former third-round pick collected 22.5 sacks for Jacksonville between 2019 and 2022, including a 2021 campaign where he started a career-high 10 games en route to 36 tackles, six sacks, and 16 QB hits.

He continued his production in 2022, finishing with five sacks, six tackles for loss, and 12 QB hits. He suffered a torn Achilles last December, an injury that proved to be poor timing since Smoot was finishing up a two-year, $10MM deal he signed with the organization in 2021. It took the 28-year-old until July to re-sign with the Jaguars, and he was placed on PUP to begin the 2023 campaign. Smoot returned to practice earlier this month.

Josh Allen and Travon Walker are manning the edge spots, meaning Smoot will compete with K’Lavon Chaisson for any leftover pass-rush reps. For what it’s worth, coach Doug Pederson said this week that he doesn’t expect Smoot to be on a snap count when he returns to the field.

“He brings a veteran leadership and presence out there,” Pederson said (h/t Adam Stites of JagsWire). “You can play him in base defense, you can play him in nickel in pass rush situations. There’s his production that comes from being inside and all of that on third down and stuff.

“I don’t think you want to put him on a pitch count, but I think you have to monitor, and you don’t want to get his rep count too high. But at the same time, you want to let him get comfortable with the game and see how he is doing throughout the course of three hours or so that you’re out there.”

Smoot will be taking the roster spot held by Braswell, a rookie sixth-round pick. The Rutgers product appeared in each of Jacksonville’s first three games this season, but he’ll now be sidelined for at least the next four games while he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Jags Designate Dawuane Smoot For Return

During their London trip, the Jaguars could have multiple linemen back. In addition to seeing left tackle Cam Robinson reinstated from his four-game PED suspension, Jacksonville is opening Dawuane Smoot‘s practice window.

The Jags announced Smoot will begin practicing Wednesday. The recently re-signed edge rusher landed on the reserve/PUP list to start the season. Smoot sustained an Achilles tear in Week 16 of last season.

Smoot is playing on his third Jaguars contract. The team had re-signed the former third-round pick in 2021 and had seen steady play amid a woeful period. Smoot registered between five and six sacks in each of his past four seasons. He combined for 29 QB hits from 2020-21 and added 12 last season to go with his five sacks. The Achilles tear crushed Smoot’s market, but shortly after the Ravens arranged a free agency meeting, the Illinois alum opted to return to the Jags on a one-year, $3.5MM deal.

The team circled back to Smoot in July, adding him months after losing Arden Key in free agency. Key signed with the Titans, creating a void behind starters Josh Allen and Travon Walker. Smoot, 28, will be expected to re-emerge as a key backup. The Jags are down multiple front-seven pieces, with defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton still on IR.

Week 5 represents the first week for players on the PUP, IR and NFI lists to return. Wednesday’s designation for return starts Smoot’s activation clock. The Jaguars now have three weeks to move the seventh-year defender back onto their 53-man roster. Failure to do so in a 21-day period would send Smoot to season-ending IR.

Jaguars Place DT DaVon Hamilton On IR, Sign DL Angelo Blackson

Two of the Jaguars’ pass rushers will be out of the mix to start the season. In addition to Dawuane Smoot staying on the PUP list, the Jags will be without DaVon Hamilton, who landed on IR on Thursday.

Jacksonville shifted Hamilton and offensive lineman Cooper Hodges to IR, sidelining each for at least four games to start the year, and signed veteran D-lineman Angelo Blackson and O-lineman Blake Hance.

A back issue sidelined Hamilton late in training camp. The Jaguars had given the former third-round pick a lucrative extension — three years, $34.5MM — this offseason. But both he and Smoot, who re-signed late this summer, will make delayed debuts for the defending AFC South champions. Neither can return until at least Week 5.

Hamilton moved into the Jags’ starting lineup on a full-time basis last season, starting 14 games. Pro Football Focus rated Hamilton as a top-30 interior D-lineman in 2022, but his status will be worth monitoring ahead of his fourth NFL slate. The Jags announced recently Hamilton’s back trouble is a “non-football-related medical issue.” Doug Pederson said recently Hamilton does not have a return timetable. The Jaguars guaranteed the Ohio State alum $20MM at signing.

While teams often use post-cutdown-day IR moves to bring back veterans who went through training camp with the squad, the Jags are adding Blackson, who went to camp with the Ravens. Baltimore released the interior D-lineman on cutdown day, doing so after signing him in the offseason. Blackson, 30, is going into his ninth NFL season.

The Jaguars move Blackson closer to an AFC South career sweep. The former Titans draftee spent two seasons in Tennessee and three in Houston earlier in his career. Blackson migrated to Arizona and then Chicago, playing the past two seasons with the Bears. With Hamilton out indefinitely, the Jags have some insurance in Blackson, who has made 42 career starts. The eight-year veteran finished the 2021 season with 2.5 sacks and nine quarterback hits. In 15 games last year, Blackson did not register a sack and tallied one QB hit.

Minor NFL Transactions: 7/26/23

Today’s minor transactions:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers

  • Signed: WR Cody Chrest
  • Placed on NFI: OT Caleb Jones
  • Waived/injured: WR Jeff Cotton

Jacksonville Jaguars

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Among the additions on today’s list, defensive back A.J. Moore is the most notable. The defensive back spent four years with the Texans to begin his career, compiling 69 tackles in 55 games while primarily playing on special teams. The 27-year-old spent a chunk of last season on the Titans practice squad, and he ultimately got into one game with the big-league club.

Jaguars Re-Sign DE Dawuane Smoot

JULY 26: Smoot’s full guarantee will check in south of that $3.25MM mark. The edge rusher’s third Jaguars contract includes $2.25MM fully guaranteed, KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson tweets. This will come in the form of a league-minimum base salary and a $1.12MM signing bonus.

JULY 21: Days after news of an outside visit surfaced, Dawuane Smoot has landed a deal to remain in Jacksonville. The veteran edge rusher has re-signed with the Jaguars, as noted by agent David Canter. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the one-year pact is worth up to $6.25MM and includes $3.25MM guaranteed (Twitter links).

Smoot was scheduled to visit the Ravens, but that will no longer be necessary. The 28-year-old will instead continue his stay in Duval County, which has spanned all six years of his NFL career to date. His free agent market was limited due to the Achilles tear he suffered in December, but he will nevertheless earn an opportunity to rebuild his value in a familiar environment.

The former third-rounder had established himself as a starting-caliber pass rusher while playing on a two-year, $10MM deal between 2020 and ’21. During that span, he logged over 1,300 defensive snaps and recorded 11.5 sacks and 61 pressures. Smoot found himself relegated back into rotational duties last season, but he remained an effective contributor up until his season-ending injury.

Smoot posted five sacks and 12 QB hits through 15 games last season. He will look to at least replicate those figures this season upon completion of his rehab. The Jaguars have a number of other options along their defensive front, including 2022 first overall pick Travon Walker, who will likely cap Smoot’s playing time once again. A strong season from the latter could set himself up for a more lucrative free agent period next year, though.

Once healthy, the Illinois alum will face the task of helping Jacksonville improve on their pass rush production from last season. The AFC South winners compiled only 35 sacks in 2022, which ranked 25th in the NFL. While Smoot will not have an every-down role to play as the Jaguars aim to take a step forward in that department, he will have the opportunity to continue operating as an effective rotational rusher.

Ravens To Meet With Dawuane Smoot

Dealt a tough break in a Jaguars contract year, Dawuane Smoot is on track to start taking visits. Coming off a December Achilles tear, the veteran edge defender has landed on the Ravens’ radar.

Smoot will visit Baltimore early next week, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The Ravens again feature questions at their outside linebacker spot, and they will look into Smoot, whom Rapoport adds has fared well on his rehab journey.

The Jags had Smoot on a second contract, and the former third-round pick had served as a key auxiliary pass rusher for the improving team. But the tear both ended a solid season and hurt Smoot’s free agency market. Going into his age-28 season, the veteran sack artist will look for a bounce-back opportunity.

Smoot went down during a Thursday-night game against the Jets on Dec. 22. Prior to that injury, the six-year Jaguar had totaled five sacks and 12 QB hits. Smoot registered between five and six sacks each year from 2019-22, remaining a key cog in Jacksonville’s defense despite the organization shuffling through three defensive coordinators in the past three years. Smoot combined for 33 QB hits from 2020-21, signing a two-year, $10MM Jags deal during that span.

The Ravens have some intriguing options on the edge, but their 2022 sack leader — Justin Houston — is unsigned. Odafe Oweh headlines Baltimore’s OLB contingent, though the former first-round pick has not lived up to the draft slot just yet. The Ravens should expect more production from 2022 second-rounder David Ojabo this season, seeing as the ex-Michigan standout spent most of last year rehabbing an Achilles tear. Tyus Bowser also remains with the Ravens, who have not shown an issue bringing Houston in late in an offseason. Both of Houston’s Ravens agreements have come during the summer. Jason Pierre-Paul, an in-season addition last year, is also a free agent.

It has been a bit since the Ravens entered training camp with a locked-in OLB group. The team traded for Yannick Ngakoue to complement Matt Judon in 2020. Since both players left during the 2021 free agency period, a stretch of uncertainty followed. After five rookie-year sacks, Oweh totaled three in 17 games last season. With the Ravens needing to make a fifth-year option call by May 2024, Oweh will be facing a critical stretch.

Checking In On Edge Rusher Market

The late-spring signing period that transpires every year — due to the compensatory formula deadline passing — has produced a number of deals. Rock Ya-Sin, Foster Moreau, Randall Cobb, Donovan Smith and a few quarterbacks (John Wolford, Trevor Siemian, Brandon Allen) agreed to terms over the past week and change.

This year’s deadline, however, has not led to a thaw in the edge defender market, which is free agency’s deepest at this point. A number of accomplished veterans — some still in or close to their prime — remain unsigned. Teams often use OTAs, minicamp and training camp to determine where roster flaws are, leading to summer veteran additions. As of last week, no such moves affect teams’ 2024 compensatory picks. Some clubs will also pick up some cap space after June 1, when they will see the money saved from previous cut designations emerge.

A few longtime starters figure to receive another chance before teams configure their final depth charts. Ahead of OTAs, here are the top options available:

Frank Clark. Age in Week 1: 30

The Chiefs cut Clark in March, separating from their most prominent edge player of the Patrick Mahomes era. While Clark did not live up to the five-year, $104MM pact he signed upon being acquired from the Seahawks in 2019 and ultimately took a pay cut to return in 2022, he did continue producing in the playoffs. Clark’s 2.5 sacks during this past postseason give him 13.5 for his career. In the official sack era (1982-present), that total ranks third. Of course, the ex-Seattle second-rounder was arrested twice in 2021 and never eclipsed eight sacks during a Chiefs regular season. He remains a starter-caliber player.

Jadeveon Clowney. Age in Week 1: 30

Perennially unable to secure a long-term deal, the former No. 1 overall pick will likely end his NFL career without landing one. Injury trouble has plagued Clowney, who missed eight games during his two-year Browns tenure. Since the Texans traded Clowney to the Seahawks in August 2019, he has taken his time before reaching a free agency accord. Clowney signed with the Titans in September 2020, inked his first Browns deal in April 2021 and re-signed in May of last year. Clashes with Cleveland’s coaching staff will lead him elsewhere. Clowney only totaled two sacks and 12 QB pressures last season, though he collected nine sacks opposite Myles Garrett in 2021.

Leonard Floyd. Age in Week 1: 31

With the Rams moving on from their four-year, $64MM agreement in March, two teams have now cut Floyd in his career. The Bears picked up his fifth-year option but, back when teams were allowed to do this, ditched it free of charge a year later back in 2020. Floyd has both displayed durability and production since that Chicago separation, showing a new gear in Los Angeles. Teaming with Aaron Donald and Von Miller certainly boosted Floyd’s chances of drawing a favorable matchup, but he kept going after Donald’s shutdown last season. Four of Floyd’s 9.5 sacks came during the six games Donald missed. Floyd’s 31 QB pressures ranked 17th last season.

Markus Golden. Age in Week 1: 32

Coming off the worst season in this contingent, Golden is two years removed from an 11-sack campaign. The former second-round pick agreed to a one-year extension that covered the 2023 season, but the Cardinals’ new regime ditched that contract in March. Golden has three double-digit sack seasons on his resume, though they have come in nonconsecutive years. An early-career ACL tear threw the Mizzou alum off track, but Golden has missed just one game over the past four seasons.

Yannick Ngakoue. Age in Week 1: 28

The second-ranked edge defender in PFR’s free agent rankings back in March (behind only Marcus Davenport), Ngakoue has consistently produced sack numbers while generating a reputation as a hired gun and run-game liability. He did not come close to reaching the May compensatory deadline in the past, however, being franchise-tagged in 2020 and signed to a two-year, $26MM Raiders deal in March 2021. The Colts took on that contract last year, via a straight-up trade for Ya-Sin, and Ngakoue reeled off a 9.5-sack season. The former Jaguars third-round pick is the only player to post at least eight sacks in each of the past seven seasons.

Dawuane Smoot. Age in Week 1: 28

One of the bright spots of the Jaguars’ Urban Meyer year, Smoot finished the 2021 season with 30 pressures. The former third-round pick accumulated 22.5 sacks from 2019-22, finishing that stretch on a two-year deal worth $10MM. He likely would have a third contract in place — either from the Jaguars or another team earlier in free agency — had a December ACL tear not occurred. The Jags did not re-sign Arden Key or use a first- or second-day pick on an edge rusher. While that potentially keeps the door open to Smoot returning when cleared (or on the homestretch toward clearance), he remains an intriguing complementary option for teams.

Kyle Van Noy. Age in Week 1: 32

Although Van Noy has operated as a hybrid of sorts, his sack consistency qualifies him for such a list. Van Noy’s one-year Chargers deal ended up requiring considerable edge work, with Joey Bosa lost for much of the season. As he had done for years in New England, Van Noy made an impact in a pass-rushing capacity. He finished with five sacks, marking the fifth time in the past six seasons he has reached that number. Van Noy’s age and versatility make him one of the better options left. After signing with the Chargers in May of last year, Van Noy expressed interest in staying on another accord.

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Carlos Dunlap. Age in Week 1: 34

The Chiefs waited until July to add Dunlap last year, bringing in the longtime Bengals sack artist — on a one-year, $3MM pact — to replace Melvin Ingram as a Clark complement. Kansas City has since added younger UFA Charles Omenihu and used first-round picks on edges (George Karlaftis, Felix Anudike-Uzomah) in each of the past two years. The Bengals’ all-time sack leader, Dunlap finished with four last season after amassing 8.5 with the Seahawks in 2021. The Chiefs used the 13-year veteran on 39 defensive plays in Super Bowl LVII.

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Jaguars Fear Achilles Tear For DL Dawuane Smoot

SATURDAY, 11:30am: Smoot has confirmed that he suffered a torn Achilles and is out for the season, per ESPN’s Michael DiRocco on Twitter.

“I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to finish the season on the field alongside my brothers as we fight for a postseason berth,” Smoot wrote on Instagram, “but I’m proud of the work we have done as a team to put ourselves in a position to play meaningful football at this point in the season. I plan to be there for my teammates and support them as we works towards finishing strong.”

FRIDAY, 10:30am: A Jaguars defensive line regular for the past six seasons, Dawuane Smoot may not have the chance to finish out what has become an intriguing year for the team.

The Jags fear the rotational pass rusher suffered a torn Achilles during their win over the Jets on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (on Twitter). Smoot, 27, is months away from free agency.

The longest-tenured member of Jacksonville’s defense, Smoot has been with the team since being a 2017 third-round pick. With most of his contributions coming for struggling squads, the Illinois product has been one of the more under-the-radar D-line producers in recent years. This is the fourth consecutive season in which Smoot has totaled at least five sacks. He is sitting on five after 15 games; it does not appear that number will balloon further.

Breaking into the NFL as a reserve on the team’s “Sacksonville” defense that nearly keyed a Super Bowl berth in 2017, Smoot has mostly been a rotational defender. Despite playing for three defensive coordinators over the past three years, results have emerged. The 6-foot-3 edge defender has 22.5 sacks over the past four seasons. He totaled 33 quarterback hits from 2020-21. For a Jags team that has emerged as the favorite to win the AFC South, Smoot’s production is right in stride with recent years. He has 12 QB hits this season, including two in the team’s overtime win over the Cowboys.

Smoot signed a two-year, $10MM contract to stay with the Jags during Urban Meyer‘s brief run. This injury stands to affect his 2023 market, unfortunately. The Jags still have a fairly deep edge corps featuring Josh Allen, Travon Walker, Arden Key and K’Lavon Chaisson, but Pro Football Focus rates Smoot just outside the top 40 at the position. That grade places him just behind Allen and Key.

Thursday looks to mark the second straight game in which Jacksonville has lost a key lineman. The team is likely down left tackle Cam Robinson for the rest of the season.

NFL COVID-19 List Updates: 1/1/22

Here are the New Year’s Day activations from and placements on the reserve/COVID-19 lists:

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Carolina Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: G Oli Udoh

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: CB Bryce Hall

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Jaguars Re-Sign Dawuane Smoot

The Jaguars will re-sign defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. It’ll be a two-year deal worth $10MM, including $5.25MM guaranteed (per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle on Twitter).

The Jaguars inked Roy Robertson-Harris earlier in the day but still found room to keep one of their own. Though he’s not a marquee name, new head coach Urban Meyer apparently liked Smoot’s ability to move around the line. Robertson-Harris is similarly versatile, but flexibility will help as the Jaguars will shift more towards a 3-4 set.

Smoot, a 2017 third-round pick, has appeared in 56 games for the Jaguars. In 2020, he was first-string for the first time as he made seven starts . For his career, he’s totaled 66 stops with 14 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.