Guard Shelley Smith is visiting the Giants on Tuesday (Caplan, March 12).
The 26-year-old Smith played the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams, after his first season with the Houston Texans, who drafted him in 2010. He played 10 games last season, at both guard spots (Orr, March 12).
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Smith, 26, was a 6th round pick out of Colorado State in 2010. He is listed at 6’4″, 312 and has played only 20 games in his NFL career, starting seven. He is a quality run-blocker as noted by Ryan Van Bibber of the Turf Show Times, a Rams’ blog.
“Shelley earned a 12.3 run blocking grade from Pro Football Focus, the second-best mark on the team behind Jake Long. The Rams also have an offense that leans heavily on the running game … it might be wise to try and hang onto to Smith, especially if keeping Saffold is unlikely.”
Saffold signed with Oakland yesterday and the Rams have still not made an offer to Smith. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says there is quite a bit of interest in Smith around the league.