FRISCO, Texas – You have to look long and hard to find a player unhappy in your NFL career than wide receiver Devin Smith.
If he knew the former Jets second round pick who tore his ACL in his right knee twice for a period of 16 months from 2015 to 2017, he was on the Cowboys roster and is ready to contribute, starting with the opener Sunday's season against the Giants, to raise his hand.
Smith, the fastest Ohio State receiver drafted by the Jets in 2015, was left dead when he was released before training camp in 2017 after his second torn ACL.
But after two years in the NFL, trying to regain his knee and confidence, Smith got a new life from the Cowboys who signed him in January. He is the fifth Dallas receiver behind Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Michael Gallup and Tavan Austin and plays in special teams.
"I'm just glad to be in it again," Smith tells The Post after practice Friday. "I love this game. I've been playing since I was 5. It's part of me."
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"I went through training camp and the whole camp. It felt good, so I feel like I have after the hard part," Smith said. "My knee is stable. I'm not very worried about that. I don't think anything can break me now. I've been through a lot. "
The worst part of what I went through was not playing football for all of 2017 and 2018.
" That scared me a little, I'm not on the team and I can't have the care for my family, "Smith said." During that time, I just told myself to grind and eventually something would happen, something good would come of it. "
However, for a while, nothing good happened. Smith said that he started calling teams around the middle of last season to come to work for them, and said he worked for six or seven teams, including K alts, packers, reds and texas, but nobody signed him.
"In the meantime, I really started to route more, doing more football, like things with a coach in New Jersey, and I somehow gained my confidence. & # 39; & # 39; he said.
When the call came from the Cowboys, it felt like a rebirth of sorts for Smith.
"There were times I just couldn't get over the fact that it happened, and I just had a lot of bad energy, "says Smith.
"Finally, one day after the second surgery, I just told myself to just do all the little things and just try to get better at whatever. After I was able to start running and cutting, eventually I began to see myself better and everything fell into place. "
" It is a blessing to be back in it. I'm just trying to do my best to help this team win ball games. Every time my number is called, I'll be ready. "
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told reporters last month that his team" liked "Smith in our assessment coming from school. "
" You follow guys like that and wonder what happened, "Garrett said. "I know he suffered a lot of injuries, so maybe a fresh start, a new environment, maybe just being healthy and learning the system, maybe that helps him."