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D.J. Smith
LB #52
Height:
6-0
Weight:
240
College:
Appalachian State
Hometown:
Charlotte, N.C.
Experience:
3
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 23 83 62 21 2 0 5 1 0 11 -- 11
2013 HOU 1 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 GB 6 39 29 10 2 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2011 GB 16 43 32 11 0 -- 1 1 0 11 11 11

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Terminated from practice squad by Carolina (9/3/14)...Signed to practice squad by Carolina (9/1/14)...Waived by Carolina (8/30/14)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (1/3/14)...Waived by Houston (11/20/13)...Signed as a free agent by Houston (11/13/13)...Waived by San Diego (9/1/13)...Claimed off waivers by San Diego (4/25/13)...Waived by Green Bay (4/24/13)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured right knee by Green Bay (10/17/12)...Selected in the sixth round (186th overall) of the NFL Draft by Green Bay (4/30/11).

GP/GS
Career (23/9) [1/0]; 2013 (1/0); 2012 (6/6); 2011 (16/3) [1/0].

2013
Signed as a free agent by Houston (11/13) and logged one special teams tackle in one game before being waived (11/20)...Attended training camp with San Diego after being claimed off waivers from Green Bay (4/25) and was waived prior to the start of the regular season (9/1).

2012
Started the first six games at middle linebacker for Green Bay...Placed on injured reserve with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament (10/17)...Recorded 42 tackles, two sacks and four passes defensed...Vs. Chicago (9/13): Victimized Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for first career sack, dropping him for a 13-yard loss...Collected a season-high 10 tackles...At Indianapolis (10/7): Sacked Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for a loss of no yards...At Houston (10/14): Suffered a season-ending right knee injury.

2011
Selected in the sixth round (186th overall) of the NFL Draft by Green Bay...Played in 16 games with three starts at inside linebacker...Only rookie to play in all 16 games for the Packers...Posted 38 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed...Tied for third on the team with 11 special teams tackles...Started in place of an injured Desmond Bishop in Weeks 13-15...POSTSEASON: Played in NFC Divisional Playoff versus the New York Giants (1/15)...At New York Giants (12/4): Made first NFL start...Tied for the team lead with nine tackles...Pressured Giants quarterback Eli Manning into an errant throw that was intercepted by linebacker Clay Matthews and returned for a touchdown...Vs. Oakland (12/11): Gathered a career-high 12 tackles, which tied for the team lead...Notched first career interception, picking off a pass by Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer and returning theft 11 yards to set up a touchdown.

COLLEGE
Played in 56 games with 50 starts at Appalachian State...Ended career ranked second in school history and fourth in Southern Conference annals with 525 tackles...Produced 10 or more tackles in a game 27 times...Recorded 32 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, 31 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries...2010 (Sr.): Third-team All-American...First-team All-Southern Conference choice...Started 13 games...Led the conference with 144 tackles to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery...2009 (Jr.): First-team All-Southern Conference selection...Started 14 games...Tied for first in the conference and second in the nation with 137 tackles in addition to notching 14.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...2008 (So.): Second-team All-Southern Conference choice...Started 14 games...Compiled a team-high 123 tackles...Posted 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery...2007 (Fr.): Played in 15 games with nine starts...Finished second on the team with 121 tackles while registering 5.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, two interceptions, 13 passes defensed and one fumble recovery...Helped Mountaineers win NCAA FCS national championship.

PERSONAL
Attended Independence HS in Charlotte, N.C....Graduated from Appalachian State with a degree in business management.
TRANSACTIONS
Terminated from practice squad by Carolina (9/3/14)...Signed to practice squad by Carolina (9/1/14)...Waived by Carolina (8/30/14)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (1/3/14)...Waived by Houston (11/20/13)...Signed as a free agent by Houston (11/13/13)...Waived by San Diego (9/1/13)...Claimed off waivers by San Diego (4/25/13)...Waived by Green Bay (4/24/13)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured right knee by Green Bay (10/17/12)...Selected in the sixth round (186th overall) of the NFL Draft by Green Bay (4/30/11).

GP/GS
Career (23/9) [1/0]; 2013 (1/0); 2012 (6/6); 2011 (16/3) [1/0].

2013
Signed as a free agent by Houston (11/13) and logged one special teams tackle in one game before being waived (11/20)...Attended training camp with San Diego after being claimed off waivers from Green Bay (4/25) and was waived prior to the start of the regular season (9/1).

2012
Started the first six games at middle linebacker for Green Bay...Placed on injured reserve with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament (10/17)...Recorded 42 tackles, two sacks and four passes defensed...Vs. Chicago (9/13): Victimized Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for first career sack, dropping him for a 13-yard loss...Collected a season-high 10 tackles...At Indianapolis (10/7): Sacked Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for a loss of no yards...At Houston (10/14): Suffered a season-ending right knee injury.

2011
Selected in the sixth round (186th overall) of the NFL Draft by Green Bay...Played in 16 games with three starts at inside linebacker...Only rookie to play in all 16 games for the Packers...Posted 38 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed...Tied for third on the team with 11 special teams tackles...Started in place of an injured Desmond Bishop in Weeks 13-15...POSTSEASON: Played in NFC Divisional Playoff versus the New York Giants (1/15)...At New York Giants (12/4): Made first NFL start...Tied for the team lead with nine tackles...Pressured Giants quarterback Eli Manning into an errant throw that was intercepted by linebacker Clay Matthews and returned for a touchdown...Vs. Oakland (12/11): Gathered a career-high 12 tackles, which tied for the team lead...Notched first career interception, picking off a pass by Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer and returning theft 11 yards to set up a touchdown.

COLLEGE
Played in 56 games with 50 starts at Appalachian State...Ended career ranked second in school history and fourth in Southern Conference annals with 525 tackles...Produced 10 or more tackles in a game 27 times...Recorded 32 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, 31 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries...2010 (Sr.): Third-team All-American...First-team All-Southern Conference choice...Started 13 games...Led the conference with 144 tackles to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery...2009 (Jr.): First-team All-Southern Conference selection...Started 14 games...Tied for first in the conference and second in the nation with 137 tackles in addition to notching 14.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...2008 (So.): Second-team All-Southern Conference choice...Started 14 games...Compiled a team-high 123 tackles...Posted 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery...2007 (Fr.): Played in 15 games with nine starts...Finished second on the team with 121 tackles while registering 5.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, two interceptions, 13 passes defensed and one fumble recovery...Helped Mountaineers win NCAA FCS national championship.

PERSONAL
Attended Independence HS in Charlotte, N.C....Graduated from Appalachian State with a degree in business management.
 

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    (1:50) Posted Aug 21, 2014

    Charlotte native and linebacker intends to use time left in preseason to show coaches he belongs at a loaded position on the team.

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