Denver Broncos add C.J. Smith to new look No Fly Zone
The Denver Broncos claimed cornerback C.J. Smith off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, adding him to the new look No Fly Zone…
The Denver Broncos have added another new member to their new look No Fly Zone, reportedly claiming cornerback C.J. Smith off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns.
Smith has been in the NFL the past two seasons after a stellar collegiate career at North Dakota State where he played in 58 of a possible 61 games.
The roster move was originally reported by both Field Yates of ESPN and Mike Klis.
Smith was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2016 NFL Draft, which included his former Bison teammate Carson Wentz as the second overall pick to Philadelphia.
He didn’t make the Eagles’ roster at final cuts, but was promoted in October from the practice squad to the active roster, and he spent 10 regular season games on the Eagles’ active roster.
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He was signed by the Cleveland Browns in 2017 to their practice squad, and was promoted to their active roster in mid-December.
The Browns tried to trade Smith to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this offseason, but he failed a physical so the trade was nixed.
The Broncos claimed him off of waivers, having much higher priority than the Seahawks, after the Browns waived him on Thursday.
Though coming out of college, Smith ran only a 4.57 second 40-yard dash, he had an incredibly explosive 39-inch vertical jump and 10’11” broad jump.
The fact that he has found his way onto two active rosters in the NFL is impressive to me. The Broncos may have had their eyes on him for some time now, and with the cornerback position in Denver being one that lacks some depth, he may have a chance to really compete for a roster spot with the Broncos.
He finished his collegiate career at North Dakota State with 57 pass breakups and eight interceptions, and when given opportunities in preseason play, he has excelled.