Rugby star getting shot with Jets

Hayden Smith is trying to learn the NFL game and earn a spot with Gang Green

Updated: May 4, 2012, 9:50 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- In the middle of his first practice with the New York Jets -- in fact, the first football practice of his life -- Hayden Smith paused to say he was sorry.

The 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end apologized to free-agent punter Travis Baltz after running into him during an overzealous moment in a noncontact, special-teams drill Friday in the Jets' rookie minicamp -- a no-no that drew an immediate penalty flag.

"That was 'Play on' in rugby," Smith said later with a sheepish ...

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