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Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Loves What He Sees From LB Jaylon Smith

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t in the business of managing expectations, and that’s particularly evident when it comes to Jaylon Smith, Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The linebacker will be limited when he takes part in the first training camp practices of his career. But that hasn’t diminished Jones’ enthusiasm for the player he picked in the second round in the 2016 draft despite Smith having suffered a severe knee injury in college.

Jones pointed out again Sunday that he believes he took a player who could have been at the top of the draft.

“To me he’s just like looking at a No. 1 draft pick coming out here for the first time,” Jones said during the annual State of the Cowboys news conference. “We all know his circumstances and what he needs to overcome. He looks really good – all testing, all feeling looks as good as I could hope that it would look. We’ll see.”

Jones said that Smith’s damaged nerve continues to regenerate. Smith is expected to continue to wear a customized brace on his ankle and foot that can evolve with his condition.

Smith, who attended training camp last season but rehabbed and couldn’t practice, will likely continue the pattern of practicing every other day and will mostly be limited to individual drills as camp gets underway.

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