Jooxie is 57 days away from the Carolina Panthers 2019 season opener, to ensure that means today's countdown piece will be devoted to No . 57 on the roster — linebacker Andre Smith.
Andre Smith Biography
Andre Smith was used by the Panthers in the seventh circular (No. 234 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft and has appeared within three games. He has recorded 1 tackle on defense and 2 tackles on special teams throughout his brief tenure with Carolina.
Here's a quick look at his university career from his profile for the team's website:
Tallied 187 takes up in three seasons at New York. Notched two sacks and 2 interceptions with five pass separations and two forced fumbles in the career. In 2017, tallied twenty-one tackles and had a 73-yard interception return in the opening week towards Cal. Suffered season-ending injury towards in Week 2 against Louisville. In 2016, tallied 113 takes up which ranked second on the group and ranked seventh in the ACC in tackles per game. Tallied 53 tackles, 2.0 takes up for the loss, one sack, 1 forced fumble, one interception and another pass breakup in his freshman time of year in 2015.
With the Panthers relocating to a hybrid defense in 2019 that will feature more 3-4 appears while also having Shaq Thompson and some guy named Luke Kuechly already on the roster, the photos on defense for Smith is going to be limited. If he wants to win over the coaches during the preseason in order to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, his best bet is to do so upon special teams. Of course, we know that already Ron Rivera likes to keep a minimum of 17 linebackers on the roster all the time, so the odds are probably in Smith's favor to make the team even if this individual only sees the field in an exclusive teams role.