July 21, 2004
Albany - When the Jacksonville Jaguars took Georgia Tech linebacker Daryl Smith in the second round of the NFL draft, the team thought the former Dougherty standout would be able to contribute on special teams in his rookie season.
When the team opens training camp next week, there is a chance Daryl Smith may be in their starting lineup for the season opener on September 12th.
After starting all four years at middle linebacker for Georgia Tech, Jacksonville has moved Daryl Smith to the weakside linebacking position.
Being moved to the outside was not a tough adjustment in mini-camp where Daryl Smith's natural athletic ability stood out.
While Daryl Smith has the ability, his challenge during training camp is to beat out two veteran linebackers who the Jaguars signed in the free agent market during the offseason.
They are Greg Favors, who started for NFC champion Carolina and Tommy Hendricks who was a special teams standout with the Miami Dolphins.
Daryl though says he welcomes the challenge and the competition to win a starting job in the NFL.
Daryl Smith said "That would be something I look forward to, competing for the starting job. They brought two or three free agent linebackers and he just wanted competition and that is what we have."
The Jaguars report to training camp on July 30th with the two-a-day practices beginning the next day.
Daryl Smtih says he hopes to have his contract with Jacksonville worked out by the end of this week or early next week.
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