Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith gets full-time work in Oakland

Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith gets full-time work in Oakland

SEATTLE — The only Super Bowl MVP the Seahawks have ever had walked off the plane Wednesday afternoon, hoping to gives the fans here and back in Oakland a fuller look at himself.

Malcolm Smith, performance in Super Bowl XLVIII aside, was a part-time player in Seattle, starting 16 games in four seasons.

His interception off Richard Sherman’s tip sent the 49ers home in the NFC Championship Game in January 2014.

[...] two weeks later, Smith returned a Peyton Manning interception 69 yards for a touchdown, had a fumble recovery and nine tackles.

Smith laughed off the luck factor, saying, I have always put myself in position to make plays.

In Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, he led the Raiders with nine tackles (six solo), including one for a 4-yard loss on a screen pass.

Malcolm is a good player, playing well for us and he’s started to provide some leadership, Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio said.

Lofton, another new inside linebacker, sees his job as making tackles.

“Malcolm understands what we’re trying to get done,” Del Rio said back at training camp.

Smith came to Oakland because he saw a bigger role, and he plans to take advantage of it.

Smith, by the way, has been blown away by new teammate Khalil Mack, the defensive end who had two sacks and a forced fumble Sunday.

Oakland native and Cal alum Lorenzo Alexander signed with Oakland, and the backup linebacker should provide an immediate boost.

Third-stringer has completed a team-high 78.8 percent of his passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns and one interception this preseason.

Did he really beat out Trent Richardson for a roster spot, or is team thinking about stashing the undrafted rookie on the practice squad?

Played well last season, but there seems to be only one spot for a reserve defensive tackle.

Too skinny, but you can see the speed and raw power in the sixth-round pick.

New Mexico alum is hanging around and hanging around, and if the cornerback makes some plays Thursday, he might earn a roster spot.


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