Five county players in the NFL

Evan Smith was never drafted and was cut by two teams. Eight years later he’s still in the NFL, vying for the starting job at center when Tampa Bay begins training camp in two weeks.

The Salinas High grad is in the final year of a four-year deal he signed with Tampa after helping Green Bay win a Super Bowl. The 30-year-old Smith’s ability to play all five positions on the offensive line has made him marketable in the league.

Mason Foster will begin his seventh season in the league, his third with the Redskins. The former Seaside linebacker is coming off a career year in which he compiled 129 tackles, 89 of which were solo.

A trio of county athletes will be in the Dolphins camp this summer, including Carmel product Andrew Franks, who begins his third year as the teams kicker, having lead the team in scoring the last two years.

Former Palma and Monterey Peninsula College quarterback David Fales will be with his third team in three years, as he will be reunited with his former offensive coordinator in Chicago in Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.

Fales has had two tours of duty with the Bears sandwiched between a stop in Baltimore last fall. Having spent most of his career on both teams’ practice squads, the 6-foot-2 Fales has yet to throw a pass in an NFL regular season game.

Offensive lineman Terry Poole will also be in the Dolphins camp this year after spending most of last season on the Seahawks practice squad. A one-time Seaside and MPC standout, the 305-pound beast hopes to make the team as an offensive tackle.

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