After being inactive for seven straight games, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Smith finally got a chance to play in Sunday’s 31-25 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
A 2014 fifth-round pick, Smith appeared in Jacksonville’s first three games while fellow defensive end Andre Branch was out of the lineup with a knee injury, but hadn’t played since Branch returned Week 4.
Against the Chargers, however, he played 20 snaps in a reserve role and was credited with one tackle, along with a hit on San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers in the second quarter.
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With the Jaguars set to face the Tennessee Titans this weekend, Smith isn’t sure if he’ll get the opportunity to play for the second week in a row. If he doesn’t, he said he’ll take it in stride.
“I’ve said since Day 1, I play the cards I’m dealt,’’ Smith said, per Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “There’ll be no complaining about not playing, none of that. No matter what happens, if the opportunity knocks, you’ve got to keep running forward. I’m not the type of person to get down. I know everything is a process."
Smith appeared in seven games a rookie. In four games this season he has eight tackles, along with half a sack.