Preston Smith
Preston Smith
27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Green Bay Packers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Packers focused heavily on their pass rush during the offseason, and Smith will be counted on to improve that area in his first season with the team. His sack production varied the last four years with the Redskins, but he has recorded 24 sacks over 64 career games. Smith started every game the last three years, and the contract he signed indicates the Packers are planning to use him in the same role. His snap count is unlikely to change significantly, though, so don't expect a major difference in his fantasy output. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Packers in March of 2019.
Contributes to shared sack Sunday
LBGreen Bay Packers
November 26, 2019
Smith recorded three tackles (one solo) and a half-sack in Sunday's 37-8 loss to the 49ers.
Smith has racked up 3.5 sacks over the Packers' last three contests, already amassing a career-high 10.5 sacks in his first season with Green Bay. A favorable matchup awaits in Week 13 against a Giants offensive line that has struggled against the pass rush, ceding 35 sacks to opposing defenses through Week 12.
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Measurables Review
How do Preston Smith's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 5"
265 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.74 sec
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
Cone Drill
7.07 sec
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
Broad Jump
121 in
Bench Press
24 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Smith has certainly lived up to expectations since the Redskins made him a second-round pick back in 2015, as the linebacker has totaled 20.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups (with three picks) and four forced fumbles without missing a single game. However, he doesn't have the responsibility in run support that other defenders do, which has consistently led to underwhelming tackle totals over the past three seasons. With his role in that area unlikely to expand anytime soon, it's difficult to keep Smith in the IDP conversation ahead of the 2018 season.
It's no secret Smith took a step back last season after posting an impressive eight sacks to go along with 35 combined tackles and three forced fumble during his 2015 rookie campaign. However, the 24-year-old still managed to record 38 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and three passes defended in 2016, starting in all 16 contests. The Redskins spent the offseason loading up on the defensive side of the ball which could put Smith in line for his best season yet.
Smith’s rookie season in 2015 saw him record an impressive 8.0 sacks to go along with 35 combined tackles and four forced fumble. There is no question that Smith is a promising player on a Redskins defense that struggled quite a bit in 2015, surrendering just over 380 yards per game to opposing offenses during the regular season. The second-year player out of Mississippi State will be in the mix among the Redskins’ front seven this season and, if he can continue improving on last season’s success, could be a deeper-league IDP at some point during the year, especially if Ryan Kerrigan or another pass-rusher were to go down with an injury.
2nd round draft pick, Smith is expected to compete with Trent Murphy for time at outside linebacker. Smith is better suited for a 4-3 offensive system but comes into camp as one of the team's best pass rushers. He should see time on the field immediately but may struggle in pass coverage.
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Sack machine Sunday
LBGreen Bay Packers
November 12, 2019
Smith made six tackles (five solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 24-18 win over the Panthers.
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Matches career high
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November 4, 2019
Smith posted seven tackles (five solo) and a sack in Sunday's 26-11 loss to the Chargers.
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Tacks on another 1.5 sacks
LBGreen Bay Packers
October 15, 2019
Smith had four tackles (two solo) and 1.5 sacks in Monday's victory over the Lions.
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Another sack Sunday
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October 7, 2019
Smith recorded four tackles (three solo) a sack and a pass defensed across 54 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.
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Dominant performance Week 3
LBGreen Bay Packers
September 23, 2019
Smith logged five tackles (four solo), three sacks and one forced fumble during Sunday's 27-16 win over the Broncos.
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