[caption id="attachment_21249" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Image via @Hayden_Smith_[/caption] Aussie rugby-turned-NFL player Hayden Smith has been promoted from the New York Jets' practice squad to the active 53-man roster. Smith turned heads with his athleticism during the preseason, doing enough to earn himself a spot on their initial practice squad. Now it has been reported the Jets have released receiver Jason Hill to make way for the Penrith native. If indeed he is being activated due to the Jets' TE2 Jeff Cumberland being questionable it suggests Hayden Smith may see some quality snaps. The Jets are a power running team and make use of two TE sets. Smith follows in the tradition of Australians switching codes to play the American game, should he perform well at the tight end position it may open doors for other Australians looking to play in positions other than punter (lest we forget Colin Scotts, the first Australian non-punter who was drafted and played in the NFL back in 1987 - also from a rugby background). Before American football Hayden had already achieved a successful rugby career, playing for the US national team to help them qualify for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and English team Saracens FC. We'll be looking for Smith in the New York Jets upcoming match against the Miami Dolphins Monday morning 4am (our time). Update: Added info on Colin Scotts, for those interested.