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Saints News 4/11/13: Saints Add OT Depth With Signing of Former No. 2 Overall Draft Pick Jason Smith

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The 2009 second overall draft pick by the Rams hasn't lived up to expectations and has been labeled a bust. The Rams traded him to the Jets in August 2012 and the Jets released him last February. He's already disappointed two teams. Will the Saints be next or can they help him rise to the level that was expected of him four years ago?

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Replacing Bushrod with Jason Smith is like leaving Outback Steakhouse cause it's too pricey and doing Taco Bell drivethru.</p>&mdash; Held Over (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/status/322427911959347201">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>New OT Jason Smith doesn't erase the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> question mark by any means. But I like the idea of bringing him... <a href="http://t.co/QdwtVMV3sF" title="http://s.nola.com/KD3XMzN">s.nola.com/KD3XMzN</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/322425016572588032">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a>' signing of Jason Smith is a "see if anything is there" signing. Smith is known more for being a bust than anything else.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/322422022527401984">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Agree To Terms With Tackle Jason Smith on a 1-year deal <a href="http://t.co/8th11sHReg" title="http://bit.ly/ZPBT39">bit.ly/ZPBT39</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23FreeAgency">#FreeAgency</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/322416879899664384">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Smith has appeared in 45 career games with 26 starts at both right and left tackle <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/322417184305475584">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>All finished with my lifting and running for today...u already know I'm hungry, it's time to eat!!!</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/status/322425272882327552">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.</p>&mdash; Darren Sharper (@sharper42) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharper42/status/322424261866303488">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Danny Amendola's father is suing Cowboys Stadium for injuries suffered in an accident. Danny began his NFL career as FA WR with Cowboys</p>&mdash; Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) <a href="https://twitter.com/Edwerderespn/status/322418036344778752">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Does anybody else not have power down in the warehouse district of New Orleans? My garage and gate wont open. So missing workout!</p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/status/322384782967328768">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/billloehfelm">billloehfelm</a>: @<a href="https://twitter.com/fletchermackel">fletchermackel</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/thejimmygraham">thejimmygraham</a> JG's just covering for missing workout while he's on a secret superhero mission." Hahaha</p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/status/322392737561321472">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I got tired of sitting around so I broke out! Im free...</p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/status/322397070436732928">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>This is unrealistic beauty! In the beginning God... <a href="http://t.co/LTSwsohqPL" title="http://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/status/322387500146511872/photo/1">twitter.com/BenjaminSWatso…</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/status/322387500146511872">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Goodbye Atlanta. I will be back May 11th for <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23WhiteProject2">#WhiteProject2</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23TurnUp">#TurnUp</a> <a href="http://t.co/oQelwnTeWY" title="http://instagram.com/p/X-KNt4zMsq/">instagram.com/p/X-KNt4zMsq/</a></p>&mdash; Corey White (@CoreyWhiteJr3) <a href="https://twitter.com/CoreyWhiteJr3/status/322386792122830850">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints sign OT Jason Smith

Tackle Jason Smith agrees to one-year deal with New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
Smith, 26, was the second overall selection in the 2009 draft by St. Louis. He didn't exactly pan out for the Rams and is known for being a bust more than anything else in the NFL. St. Louis cut ties with Smith after only three seasons by trading him to New York in late August before the 2012 season. Smith played in 16 games last season, but didn't start any of them as he served mostly as a tackle-eligible lineman.

Saints sign former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith | ProFootballTalk
The Saints added some tackle depth, but can’t be finished looking.The team announced they had signed former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith to a one-year contract.

Saints firm things up at left tackle - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Once upon a time, Smith was viewed as a guy that could be a special left tackle. It looks like he’ll have a chance for a fresh start in New Orleans.

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NFC South draft needs: Xavier Rhodes would cover Bucs at CB - NFL.com

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Saints Nation: Five Players The Saints Should Target in Later Rounds

Jahri Evans and Will Smith to Participate in New NFL Franchising Boot Camp

Twenty one NFL players – 12 former players and nine active players including Saints G Jahri Evans and DE Will Smith – will take part in the new NFL Franchising Boot Camp April 26-29, 2013, at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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