Jags DE Chris Smith not complaining despite limited snaps
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.
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.