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Hokies In The NFL: Cleveland Browns Release Tight End Andre Smith

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Tough break today for former VT tight end Andre Smith as he was part of a massive shuffling of personnel in Cleveland. Smith. After having been drafted by Chicago in 2011, Smith finally saw the field with Dallas in early 2013, after having been dropped by both the Bears and Indianapolis Colts in the intermediate. His only stat to prove he played in those five games was recovering a squib kick and returning it 10 yards. He was picked up on waivers by Cleveland on November 26, 2013.

A favorite target of Tyrod Taylor's, he had five of his seven career touchdowns during his final year in Blacksburg. Smith turned into a dependable short yardage receiver during his time in Blacksburg. When he was recruited many thought he might never see the field on passing downs, and was viewed largely as a jumbo package blocking Tight End. But he proved reliable whenever the ball was thrown to him, developed a rapport with Taylor, and was an excellent safety valve when the play broke down, seemingly ignored many times just a few yards up the field.

Andre Smith is one of those Hokies you kind of forget about over time, and then shock yourself seeing the five TDs and reflecting on what a good year he had. Hopefully he finds a new team soon.And so we don't forget, here's a memorable (BIG!!) touchdown he scored to break a tie vs Georgia Tech in 2010, before David Wilson's kickoff return put them to bed, 28-21:

Like I said: BIGGGG TD. We'll be back as more transactions involving ex-Hokies occur.