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Along with starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Smith will be spending plenty of time with Thigpen, who also signed as a free agent last week due in large part to his past relationship with Gailey while the two were in Kansas City.

“He’s been a great mentor for me,” Thigpen said. “Last year when he started winning some games at the latter part of the season, I would text him congratulations. So we definitely have a good relationship.” Notes: TE David Martin sat out the night practice with a toe injury but Gailey expects him to be back soon. … DT Marcel Dareus, the team’s first-round draft pick, hobbled off the field toward the end of the night practice but Gailey expects him to be back Friday. … WR David Nelson left the field after some breathing problems according to Gailey, but he is expected to be fine. … TE Shawn Nelson, WR Marcus Easley and LB Kelvin Sheppard also sat out of night practice.