Jim Schwartz hasn't been talking like a man who has seen enough of Marcus Smith. Granted, he wouldn't be the first NFL coach to lead reporters astray with his platitudes about a player whose roster spot is presumed to be in jeopardy, but I don't think it is unreasonable to think that the Eagles have yet to give up on their 2014 first-round draft pick.
Here's what Schwartz said yesterday when asked what he has seen out of Smith and fellow roster hopeful Steven Means:
"Same stuff we've seen from those guys in training camp just about every day. You guys were probably on Steven Means before anybody else because you saw the same things we saw. And Marcus was doing really well. He just had a setback with the concussion and missed time. But he sort of picked up right where he left off. The thing I'm most proud about with Marcus is that he's done a good job in the run game. It's a little bit like talking about Jaylen Watkins; [Smith is] a very skilled athlete. He's fast and he's smooth. I think he was a quarterback when he first went to Louisville. I mean, that stuff shows. Where he's really making good improvement is setting the edge of our defense [and] attacking tackles. He did that against a physical group from Pittsburgh. That was a great sign."