The Dallas Cowboys are expecting Jaylon Smith to have an impactful 2017 season.
The Cowboys play their second preseason game on Saturday at the Los Angeles Rams.
Starters are expected to get a little run on Saturday night, but the amount has yet to be determined. It could be anywhere from a couple series to a quarter, depending on how the time goes that they are in there. If they are clicking on their first drive, the team could see fit to take the starters out early and let the second and third stringers see the rest of the game.
One starter will likely be unavailable in Saturday’s game. The Cowboys expect to see Jaylon at some point this preseason, but appears that won’t be against the Rams.
According to Clarence Hill Jr via twitter, a source tells him that Smith will not play this week.
“Per a source, it’s unlikely that Jaylon Smith plays against the Rams this Saturday. He could make his Cowboys debut vs Mia at home Aug. 19.”
I believe Hill was referring to the Indianapolis Colts, the team that Dallas plays in that August 19th matchup. But you get the point, Smith looks more likely to play in the Cowboys third preseason game next weekend.
That would make the debut of Smith in front of the home crowd at AT&T Stadium!
Per a source, its's unlikely that Jaylon Smith plays against the Rams this Saturday. He could make his Cowboys debut vs. Mia at home Aug. 19
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 9, 2017
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 10, 2017
Jaylon Smith dropping into coverage, getting his hand up on this incomplete pass to TE James Hanna pic.twitter.com/LsJo989nqq
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 10, 2017
That decision makes perfect sense, this would allow the fans in Dallas to get the first glimpse of the young linebacker at home. It would also allow Smith to get some work done prior to the regular season tune up following the Miami game.
Game three (Cowboys fourth game) of the preseason is usually used as the tune up for week one in September. This is where the starters play into the second half, allowing them to have at least a series following halftime. Most of the starters won’t see the field on the final preseason game.
The excitement continues to grow, but it appears we must wait at least another week to view Smith in a game!