Speaking to reporters following the Dallas Cowboys’ preseason opener against the Denver Broncos last Thursday, rookie offensive tackle wasn’t ready to beat himself up. But in dissecting his performance, he wasn’t exactly thrilled with his NFL debut, either.
"Looking at film, I'd say average," Smith said, per the Dallas Morning News. "I still got a lot of stuff to work on."
Smith was the Cowboys’ first overall selection in April’s draft, the ninth overall pick. His own reserved evaluation aside, Smith performed pretty well on Thursday night against the Broncos, and their first round pick (second overall), former Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller. Miller wasn’t able to record a sack against Smith, but Smith isn’t ready to declare victory over Miller.
"It was more of an even battle," Smith said. "He was trying to beat me off the edge. ... I just did the best job I could."
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