The New York Jets did not end up bringing in a defensive tackle from outside of the organization after the Sheldon Rankins injury in Week 9.

That begged the question of how they might fill his role in the coming weeks and the initial game plan will involve a practice squad elevation. On Saturday, November 19, the Jets revealed that they would be using both of their weekly promotions on DT Tanzel Smart and OT Conor McDermott.

We’ve elevated DL Tanzel Smart and OL Conor McDermott for tomorrow’s game.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 19, 2022

Jets Use Week 11 Elevation to Spell DT Sheldon Rankins

McDermott has been a standard Jets elevation the past couple of games but the bigger story here is Smart — who finally gets his shot to appear in a game under head coach Robert Saleh. Smart did log three games for Gang Green before this regime took over in 2020, however, and another 31 with the Los Angeles Rams from 2017 through 2019.

He’s also impressed during the past couple of preseasons, earning a steady role on the Jets practice squad. After the elevation news, Jets X-Factor’s Michael Nania noted that Smart “tied for third in the NFL among DTs with 9 [quarterback] pressures” this summer.

Tanzel Smart tied for third in the NFL among DTs with 9 pressures in this year’s preseason.

— Michael Nania (@Michael_Nania) November 19, 2022

He also retweeted some of Smart’s best moments from fellow Jets X-Factor film analyst Joe Blewett. The first — against the Green Bay Packers — featured the D-tackle’s fast and powerful get-off.

“The QB tripped” while not giving anyone credit is the problem with only watching once and drawing conclusions.

In reality, Tanzel Smart was so quick off of the ball, exploding into the RG’s chest that he had to anchor down ASAP and stepped on the QB’s foot. Hell of a play. pic.twitter.com/q8bbhicGsn

— Joe Blewett (@Joerb31) August 22, 2021

“‘The QB tripped’ while not giving anyone credit is the problem with only watching once and drawing conclusions,” voiced Blewett at the time. “In reality, Tanzel Smart was so quick off of the ball, exploding into the RG’s chest that he had to anchor down ASAP and stepped on the QB’s foot. Hell of a play.”

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Source:: Heavy.com

      

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