Marcus Smith is not expected to start when the season begins, but defensive coordinator Bill Davis said that the first-round pick learned the Eagles defense "fairly quickly." The team is employing him in much the same way he was used at Louisville.
Smith has mostly lined up with the third-team defense in the "Jack" role - the spot occupied by linebacker Connor Barwin with the starters. He occasionally played on the second team during the first two days of practice. Davis said Smith might get work with the first team - or at least go against the first-team offense.
"We do have to roll him in, and that's part of the reason you'll see him running at times with the ones against our tackles, so we can evaluate him against some of the best tackles in the business," Davis said. "Over there against [left tackle ]Jason [Peters], you're not going to get any better work than going daily day in, day out against him."