Will Smith cut by Patriots


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots made a series of roster moves in anticipation of Tuesday’s mandatory NFL cut-down to a 75-man roster and Proctor graduate Will Smith was one of the casualties.

Smith, 33, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2004-13) after joining the team as a first round draft pick (18th overall) out of Ohio State in 2004. The 6-foot-3, 282-pounder was released by the Saints on Feb. 12, 2014, and was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on May 5, 2014.

Smith has played in 139 NFL games with 120 starts and has accumulated 457 total tackles, 67½ sacks, 25 passes defensed, two interceptions, 20 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He has started in eight postseason games and added 22 total tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

Smith spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered during training camp.

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