Koetter Vows Jacquies Smith’s Return

August 1st, 2017

Health update.

It all began when, just before training camp started, Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith was placed on the PUP list.

(That stands for physically unable to perform.)

Then we learned Smith needed another “procedure” on his knee. You may remember that Smith missed virtually all of 2016 when he blew out his knee in the season-opener at Atlanta. He needed major knee surgery (ACL).

Yesterday, Koetter updated Smith’s status.

“He’s fine,” Koetter said. “He’s rehabbing. The procedure went well. Jacquies is with us in meetings. I don’t think he came out [Monday] because of the weather. He’s going to be back at some point. We’re not talking about a season-long injury, but I don’t know exactly when.”

Joe feared banking on Smithwas a roll of the dice due to his knee issues. Now, it looks as if he won’t be available when the Bucs travel to Miami to open the season next month.

20 Responses to “Koetter Vows Jacquies Smith’s Return”

  1. mike10 Says:

    Maybe John Lynch was on to something…

  2. Dreambig Says:

    Kinda of a waste of a roster spot at this point. Potential talent means nothing at all if you don’t play. So far Bowers has had more success here.

  3. Joe Says:

    So far Bowers has had more success here.


  4. Johnnie Says:

    I don’t agree with bowers. And coach said he wasn’t out do to weather. Does he mean stomping the sidelines or doing minimal participation. Y’all are Debby downers let the season develop. And finally if y’all don’t think one running back will be down by week 4 or Martin return then u don’t follow NFL closely. Injury is almost certain for every NFL athlete before season end some injuries can just be played with. One back likely dinged by Week 4.

  5. Johnnie Says:

    But joe thanks for update and please keep us posted even tho hard knocks will likely follow this injury of smith’s.

  6. Buc4Lyfe79 Says:

    Oh yeah, Bowers has had way more success here than Smith…If success is measured by being lazy, showing up for training camp out of shape and blowing your handed on a gold platter starting job, then yes, Bowers has been waaaaayyyyy more successful. Now, if success is measured by sacks in unfortunate injury riddled limited playing time…

  7. Buc 4ever Says:

    We need Jack Smith because without him Noah Spence is our only speed rusher. One more injury and we will be in same position as last year. Bring in Ryan Delaire who was recently waived by Carolina. After Lovie released him on final cuts 2 years ago he signed with Carolina and destroyed Jameis with two sacks on us.

  8. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Just remember he was not playing when the defense excel last year.

    Expect Spence to reach higher heights in his second year.

    The McCoy & Baker combo will help with pressure up the line. Gholston and the linebackers should be more productive laying down quarterbacks because of the new beast combo up the middle.

    When Smith returns it will be icing in the cake.

    Expect Different Folks!!!

    Go Bucs!!!

  9. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Injury settlement coming perhaps.

  10. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Go get former 1st rounder marcus smith who is healthy

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    Jac will be a contributor in 2017. Worse case scenario here is IR with eligibility to return 2nd half of season.

    “Setbacks” suck when you have worked so hard for 10 months rehabbing a serious knee injury. But they happen. Doesn’t mean anything other than it was a setback. The knee will heal and strengthen – odds are high that Smith will be good to go whether that be in a matter of 3 weeks or 3 months.

    Coach K knows that the talent and want to in this player is worth waiting for…

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    ^^^Go get former 1st rounder marcus smith who is healthy…

    I believe the seahawks grabbed him yesterday…..

    in regards to j.smith, idk….im beginning to think we should move on….if he comes back healthy, just play him 10-15 snaps, all on 3rd down…GO BUCS!!!

  13. ChicagoBucs Fan Says:

    For sure the Bucs need to move on from Jacquies Smith. If you can’t stay healthy, you can’t help the team. I don’t care how much speed rushing ability he has. This year has to be his last chance and if he can’t stay on the field or the numbers aren’t there, time to cut him loose.

  14. Batman Wood Says:

    They like Ryan Russell at LDE. Hopefully he has some pash rushing juice.

  15. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I think this says a lot about Jack Smith’s work ethic and his potential. If he wasn’t busting butt DK wouldn’t be so outspoken.

    I think on a simply human level DK and others…including me…are rooting big time for Jack Smith…his story to now has been tragic.

    I’m not counting on him but like Pickgrin I do believe he has a chance to contribute the 2nd half of the season…what if he happens to peak at playoff time?

    I understand Buc4ever’s concern about lack of speed rushers at our DE position.
    I’m banking on Smitty’s talent. We’ve already heard rumors of some more 3-4 with Noah standing up…perhaps LVD rushing the passer…then there are the potential blitz packages…maybe even VHG doing a Ronde Barber impersonation.

    I think we ALL agree we NEED

  16. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Oops…Need more pressure on the QB. But it doesn’t have to come from the DE position or even the edge. If Baker…and Ayers and Gholston play well it should free up GMC from the constant double teaming…and he can finally get his ten sacks.

    I want the QB either on the ground or throwing the ball away. I don’t really care if it comes from the edge…up the middle…blitzes or our normal alignment. I like our DC a lot so I think he’ll figure it out.

  17. Pa Privateer Says:


    It sounds like a simple cleanup procedure. That is all. I would put a very large wager on it being a procedure to remove some scar tissue. These are very common in athletes when it concerns the joint.

    Athletes get these procedures all the time. Scar tissue is not as “stretchy” as normal tissue (tendon), therefore it can cause some limitations. Depending on how much is removed will determine how long they need to heal up. I know many athletes who had a “cleanup procedure” and they played the same week. Others have had to wait a couple weeks because they required more scar tissue to be removed.

    KNEE procedures have come very from in recent years. I have no issue with them being cautious. And besides, when he does return, he will be a specialist. He will not be required to abuse his knee for an entire game.

    And He isn’t taking up a roster space

  18. tmaxcon Says:

    Jac Smith just like Martin is irrelevant to bucs future. Just a waste of time on a fragile one trick pony with no upside or future…. Glennon, Murphy, anf bell insurance agency is Jac Smith only future… Guy is a fragile bum

  19. cdizzle Says:

    what happened to the morning cup of joe???

  20. godzilla13 Says:

    If the HC says “he’s fine”, then we should not over think things. Jacquies Smith is a special player and I can’t wait to see him perform this year.