Preston Smith
Preston Smith
27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Green Bay Packers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Teammate and fellow offseason addition Za'Darius Smith stole most of the headlines last season, but Preston Smith was nearly as effective in his first year as a Packer, recording 12 sacks - a career high and the eighth-best mark in the league - to Za'Darius' 13.5. "The Smith Brothers" will both be back in Green Bay in 2020, and with Za'Darius attracting the most attention from opposing offenses, Preston should again see plenty of 1-on-1 opportunities with opposing linemen. Double-digit sacks will be well within reach. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Packers in March of 2019.
Piles up 12 sacks in 2019
LBGreen Bay Packers
January 20, 2020
Smith, who recorded two sacks over two playoff games, recorded 56 tackles, 12 sacks and four pass breakups over 16 regular-season contests in 2019.
ANALYSIS
The Packers got immediate return after making a splash in free agency to sign Za'Darius and Preston Smith. The two tormented opponents this year, ranking sixth and eighth in the league, respectively, in sacks. Both are under contract for another three seasons, so they're just getting started in the NFC North.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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2019 Preston Smith Split Stats
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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
 
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206 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Sheds injury designation
LBGreen Bay Packers
January 17, 2020
Smith (ankle) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's NFC Championship Game in San Francisco, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
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Ankle injury lingers
LBGreen Bay Packers
Ankle
January 15, 2020
Smith was limited in Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury.
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Makes big play in victory
LBGreen Bay Packers
January 13, 2020
Smith had two sacks in Sunday's divisional-round win over the Seahawks.
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Set for divisional round
LBGreen Bay Packers
January 10, 2020
Smith (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's divisional-round contest versus the Seahawks, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
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Battling ankle injury
LBGreen Bay Packers
Ankle
January 8, 2020
Smith (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
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