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Smith is a big, physical safety.

The Green Bay Packers traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for safety Anthony Smith, on Sunday.

This will be Smith’s second tour with the Packers. The team signed him as a free agent prior to last season, but he was among the final roster cuts.

Smith has started three games for Jacksonville at strong safety. He missed two others with turf toe. On the season, he has 15 tackles and an interception.

Since rookie Morgan Burnett tore his ACL in week four, the Packers have used Derrick Martin and Charlie Peprah at strong safety. Martin was injured in week five and joined Burnett on injured reserve, last week.

Peprah, who has started the last two games, has been less than spectacular. Although he did record 11 tackles against Miami, he’s also shown a tendency to get beat by the deep ball.

In Smith, the Packers get a veteran player who knows defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ system. We wouldn’t be surprised if he takes over the starting role within the next couple weeks.

The move also brings into question the readiness of Atari Bigby, who is on the physically unable to perform list with an injured ankle. Bigby is eligible to return this week.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. jeremy October 18, 2010

    I’m overwhelmed…

    The real problems right now are an Offense can’t beat cover two and Special Teams that can’t line up or punt.

    In preseason if you’d said the Packers would average 18.5 PPG on defense by week six we all would have thought they’d be 5-1.

  2. iltarion October 18, 2010

    I hate to be revolutionary here, but I think most coaches know how to beat the Cover 2. You run the football. Show a commitment to it and the other team will start bringing that safety down. Then, you go over the top.

    Special teams are nearly a lost cause at this point. The whole thing needs to be blown up.

    1. jeremy October 18, 2010

      Why would you rush the football more when you are only averaging 4.6 yards a carry? That’s only tied for seventh in the league with the Titans, who obviously have no talent at RB either. Anyway, rushing the football only discourages your opponent from rushing the passer. It hard to repeat as NFL sacks allowed champion if you discourage your opponent from rushing the passer.

      1. Matt October 19, 2010

        thank you jeremy! what the hell are we tryin’ to do? win the super bowl?? thats ridiculous!! keep passin’ the ball so rodgers can get destroyed on every play….that’ll only make him tougher in the long run. right? after all thats what the packers are about, the long run. who cares about the current season? our motto every year should be “next year, baby!!!”

  3. Vijay October 18, 2010

    I detect a not of sarcasm in some of these responses…are we seriously questioning the mind of our GM?
    welcome back anthony, we love you and miss you so very much. Smooch.