The recognition continues to pour in for the Jaguars and their players off their magical turnaround 2017 season. One of those, LB Telvin Smith, was recognized Monday night when the NFL unveiled the latest segment of it’s “Top 100” for last season.
Smith was tabbed by his peers and the others voting as #67 on the list of all NFL players last year. He joined teammate DE Yannick Ngakoue who was named the 88th best player, previously. And most certainly, teammates DB Jalen Ramsey and DL Calais Cambpell will be part of the NFL’s top 50, in not top 20 players coming up.
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Back to Smith, he had a tremendous regular season finishing with 102 tackles, and had 3 INTs, including a pick six of Ben Roethlisberger in the Jaguars regular season win in the Steel City.
Then, in the post season Smith had eight tackles in the Jaguars AFC Wildcard win over the Bills. Then followed up in the rematch with the Steelers with monstrous 14 tackle day and also had a 50 yard fumble return for a TD in Jacksonville’s upset win over Pittsburgh.
The following week in the Jags narrow 24-20 loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game, Smith had eight more tackles giving him a three game total of 30. That was the first time in the NFL postseason that a player had that many tackles in three or less games since Navarro Bowman of the 49ers in 2013.
Smith, a former fifth round pick out of FSU, is locked up in the short term after agreeing to a new four year $45 million dollar contract extension last October. That included a $4 million signing bonus and puts Smith’s salary at $11 million for 2018.
And, with the names above, plus A.J. Bouye, Myles Jack and Dante Fowler, the Jaguars certainly appear to be on the rise with young talent leading the way.
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