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Quick Hit: Tight End Position

Hayden Smith's continued learning of the game of football could shake-up the TE competition. [ESPN] We're taking a brief look at each tight end on the depth chart, as it stands today. The most familiar TE to the Jets fans has to be Jeff Cumberland. He has been on the team since 2010 and made his debut in 2011 against the Bills. Cumberland tore his Achilles tendon...
Via One Jet At A Time
June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Hayden Smith Have A Breakout Season?

After spending a full year on the New York Jets roster, primarily as a practice squad player, former rugby player Hayden Smith is competing for a role in the 2013 offense. After promising performances in recent OTA’s Smith has been a popular discussion point amongst the Jets fan base, as the team is searching for signs of life at their tight end position. As training camp is around...
Via Turn On The Jets
June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Hayden Smith's big rugby-to-football hurdle? The helmet

Hayden Smith had a pile of obstacles to overcome in transitioning from rugby to American football when the New York Jets signed him last year.One of them seemed simple enough -- but it wasn't.“First of all it took me forever to actually figure out how to do the helmet up," the tight end project told's Eric Allen. "I remember running around on the...
Via AFC East Daily
May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Jets add former rugby player to active roster

Hayden Smith is on the verge of completing the transition from rugby to pro football. The New York Jets promoted the 27-year-old Australian tight end from their practice squad to the active roster Saturday in advance of a home game against the Miami Dolphins. Smith, who is 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, had never played football before he signed with the Jets in April. Smith, who attended...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Jets cut WR Jason Hill, promote TE Hayden Smith

The New York Jets have released wide receiver Jason Hill and signed tight end Hayden Smith, a former rugby player, from the practice squad. Hill was signed three weeks ago to help make up for the loss of Santonio Holmes, out for the season with a foot injury. Hill had two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in three games with the Jets. The Australian-born Smith played professional...
Via AP on Fox
October 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Bandits Get Steal with Bender

Buffalo had plenty of fantastic picks in the 2012 NLL Draft. The Bandits gained Dhane Smith, Hayden Smith and Jordan Critch. All three of those guys are fantastic players, but they weren't all the team got out of the night. There was another player that could make big waves in the league: Carter Bender. Buffalo took Bender in the second round (18th overall). The team said...
Via Lacrosse The Web
October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Former rugby player trying to catch on with Jets

Hayden Smith put on a football helmet for the first time in his life a few days ago. He fiddled with it a bit, snapped the chin strap and then spent a few minutes getting used to the metal bars covering his face. As a former rugby player in England, the Australian-born Smith isn't used to all the padding and protection. ''It's actually not so bad,'' he...
Via Fox Sports
May 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Former rugby player adjusting to NFL

Every rookie who enters the NFL has some level of adjustment to make. Learning the plays, earning a paycheck and getting used to the speed of the game are all things you hear a lot about. Jets rookie tight end Hayden Smith needs to get used to wearing a helmet. Smith, who is from Australia and spent the past four years playing rugby in England, had never worn a helmet or participated...
Via Fox Sports
May 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Hayden Smith: Separate but Equal

As a former Aussie-rules rugby star, Hayden Smith is not your typical tight end. At 27, he's not even your typical rookie. In a new country learning the nuances of a new sport, it's Smith's abnormal path to the NFL that may separate him from the current class of incumbent rookies.Separated is one way to describe Smith early in his Jets career. Unlike his peers, who gathered...
Via Jets
May 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Hayden Smith Post Jets Signing Interview

Hayden Smith's first post signing interview Here is an interview from Hayden Smith, the Australian Rugby player who recently signed with the New York Jets to play tight-end. The interview is conducted by Sarries TV, the professional rugby team that Hayden was playing on until he recently signed his three year contract with the Jets. As you can see below, Hayden Smith appears...
Via The Jersey Jets Fan
April 07, 2012  |  Discuss
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