Dolphins high on rookie OT Eric Smith, who could debut Sunday

Dolphins rookie Eric Smith (right) is in position to play over the final two games. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—Don’t be surprised if Dolphins rookie offensive tackle Eric Smith is dancing on the field at some point in the next two weeks. That’s Smith’s way of staying loose, and it was working well for him before a knee injury knocked him out for most of the season.

Smith made the regular-season roster as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia and has gone all year without dressing for a game. He was on Injured Reserve most of that time, but was activated today and is in consideration to make his debut Sunday at Kansas City.

“I want to prove to myself that I can play with the big boys,” Smith said. “Same motto as the beginning.”

Smith played all four preseason games and looked good. Dolphins coach Adam Gase praised him from the beginning for holding his own in training camp against veteran William Hayes and first-round pick Charles Harris.

That work helped Smith be ready for the games, and he was so at ease that teammates noticed him bopping around between plays.

“I just went out there and had fun,” Smith said. “If I went out there tense, those are the guys that usually mess up.

“That’s just who I am. I’m relaxed. I’m prepared, I studied the plays, I know the footwork, I know where I’m supposed to sit. Don’t go out there and overthink. Just do what I’m supposed to do. That’s how I’m treating it these last two weeks if I get in.”

Smith is a 6-foot-4, 321-pound prospect who started all four years with the Cavaliers. He beat out several more experienced tackles to make the final cut, but injuries have relegated him to being a long-term project.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing for Smith, though, because it’s afforded him a chance to further acclimate to the pros. He has several veterans in his section of the locker room and sits right next to eighth-year tackle Sam Young.

For Smith, who also takes reps on the field goal unit, the extra time to study and practice has helped get him ready for what could be a crucial two-game audition.

“Most definitely,” he said. “A lot of mental reps. I’ve gotten much better. I’ve been learning and growing from watching these guys work on their techniques and tactics.

“The day I got hurt was a letdown, but guys were high-spirited and told me, ‘You’ll be back. You’re good.’ Coaches reached out to me and told me to keep going. It was an awkward situation, but I never had a negative mindset about it.”

Smith thought there was a chance he’d end up missing the entire year when he went on Injured Reserve on Oct. 3. However, he was back to doing full speed running and cutting on the field. He started practicing again within the past few weeks, and the Dolphins added him to the roster when Jermon Bushrod was ruled out for the season with a foot injury.

If Miami is sticking with its starters for the final two games as Gase indicated, there’s no obvious spot for Smith. Laremy Tunsil is entrenched at left tackle, and Young has been playing well on the right side. If there’s an opportunity to get him in, though, it seems like the Dolphins are eager to test him out with an eye on him contributing next season.

“He did a lot of really good things that we liked,” Gase said. “I love how engaged he’s been since he’s been hurt. He just constantly kept working… It just starts moving so fast and you’re trying to keep your body right and keep up with what’s going on because as the season goes on… if you’re not practicing, it can get tough. He did a great job of staying up to speed and making sure that when he got a chance to jump back out there, he was ready to go.”

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