The NFL is expected to crack down hard on Aldon Smith in the not-too-distant future.
Until then, the troubled linebacker will try to start a new life on a brand new team. He notched two tackles and a quarterback hit in last weekend's loss to the Bengals.
"I'm taking it like this: day-by-day," Smith told the San Jose Mercury News' Jimmy Durkin. "As far as I'm concerned, I'm going to learn from what happened today, see what I can do better."
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Smith can focus all he likes -- he won't escape his off-the-field reputation. The irony of his latest legal woes -- a misdemeanor DUI charge that came down on the same day he became a Raider -- is lost on no one.
The Raiders thought a potential pairing with Khalil Mack was too good to pass up. So Smith says he took a lesser offer play for the other Bay Area team, reunite with friend and mentor Justin Tuck, and press restart on a turbulent career.
"I have a house here," Smith said. "I have a son here. This is my home. I really love the Bay Area. Everything happens for a reason. That's how I look at it."