Preston Smith
Preston Smith
26-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.
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.
ANALYSIS
Smith recorded at least one sack for the fourth time in six games, and now has seven on the season -- the third best mark in the league, and just one tally short of his career high.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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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.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
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
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Preston Smith
Streaming Defenses: Week 7 Options
3 days ago
Jerry Donabedian expects the red-hot New Orleans defense to maintain its recent form, heading to Chicago for a cushy matchup with either Chase Daniel or Mitchell Trubisky.
IDP Analysis: Week 7 Matchups
3 days ago
With running the ball against Chicago an exercise in futility, Jim Coventry expects Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater to throw plenty, setting up a big day for the Bears‘ pass rush featuring Khalil Mack.
IDP Analysis: Week 6 Matchups
10 days ago
If Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is put in a position to throw often to keep Arizona in the game, look for Vic Beasley and his defensive back teammates to have a big day.
Hidden Stat Line: NFL Week 3 Recap
24 days ago
Jerry Donabedian checks out Week 3's playing time trends and notes the Patriots are turning to a spread-out offense that bodes well for Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett.
NFL Game Previews: Bears-Redskins Matchup
29 days ago
Erik Siegrist previews the Monday night matchup as Mitch Trubisky and the Bears look to knock off the Redskins in the nation's capital.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
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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Another sack Sunday
LBGreen Bay Packers
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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Continues to impress
LBGreen Bay Packers
September 16, 2019
Smith posted two tackles, a pass breakup and an interception in Sunday's 21-16 win over the Vikings.
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Major impact in Packers debut
LBGreen Bay Packers
September 6, 2019
Smith had five tackles (two solo) and 1.5 sacks in Thursday's victory over the Bears.
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Returns to practice
LBGreen Bay Packers
August 10, 2019
Smith (back) was back at practice Saturday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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