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55 Za'Darius Smith OLB

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September 14, 2020 12:52 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Tallies sack in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith had two solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's victory over the Vikings.

Smith did not wreak as much havoc as he did when the Packers and Vikings squared off late in the 2019 season, but he still managed to take down Kirk Cousins in the backfield once. Counting playoff contests, Smith now has 16.5 sacks over 19 games since joining the Packers as a free agent two offseasons ago.

January 20, 2020 08:32 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Outstanding first year in Green Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith, who posted two sacks over two playoff games, finished 2019 with 55 tackles and 13.5 sacks over 16 regular-season games.

Smith recorded career highs in tackles and sacks, and he led the Packers in the latter category while ranking sixth in the league as well. The 27-year-old was a force to be reckoned with as he generated 50 quarterback pressures and 22 knockdowns, and he was assisted by counterpart Preston Smith, who registered 12 sacks. The Smith duo will be back in 2020, and the team's outside linebacker corps will look quite similar next year with Rashan Gary returning, too.

January 13, 2020 04:32 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Two sacks in playoff victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith had two sacks in Sunday's divisional-round win over the Seahawks.

Smith has now recorded 15.5 sacks over 17 games since joining the Packers over the offseason. He will draw plenty of attention from the 49ers in next week's NFC Championship Game.

December 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Dominant in MNF victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith racked up seven tackles (six solo) and 3.5 sacks in Monday's victory over the Vikings.

Vikings blockers had trouble slowing down Smith all game, and when it was all said and done, he racked up just a half sack less than he accumulated over his previous eight games. Smith is now up to 13.5 sacks on the season, a mark that places him sixth in the entire league.

December 17, 2019 06:20 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: One tackle in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded a solo tackle and no sacks in Sunday's 21-13 win over the Bears.

Smith and counterpart Preston Smith were held without a sack after combining for 2.5 sacks against the Bears in Week 1. Each Smith has double-digit sacks this season, and they'll look to get back on track in Week 16's game against the Vikings. However, that will be a challenging proposition, considering Kirk Cousins has been sacked on 5.3 percent of dropbacks this year.

December 10, 2019 06:48 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Forces fumble in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith logged three tackles and forced a fumble in Sunday's win over Washington.

It was Smith's first forced fumble of the season, continuing his string of forcing exactly one fumble in each of the last four seasons. He also reached a new career high with 46 tackles.

November 27, 2019 09:24 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Sets career high in sacks in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded six tackles (five solo) and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 37-8 loss to San Francisco.

Smith is now up to 10 sacks on the year, a new career high in his fifth season in the league. He needs just seven more tackles to reach a new peak in that category as well.

November 5, 2019 07:36 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Matches 2018 sack total
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded eight tackles (five solo) and 0.5 sacks in Sunday's 26-11 loss to the Chargers.

Smith's 8.5 sacks already match the career high he set last season, and we're just nine games into 2019. He's tied for fourth in the category alongside Joey Bosa and Danielle Hunter. Smith's addition to the Packers' defense this offseason has pushed the unit to another level, but it's necessary to understand he could miss time following his citation for speeding and possession of marijuana or synthetic marijuana Sept. 29. The NFL is completing its investigation to determine the appropriate discipline.

November 2, 2019 11:48 AM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Cited during traffic stop
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was cited for speeding and possession of marijuana or synthetic marijuana during a Sept. 29 traffic stop in Racine County, Wis., Rob Demovsky of reports.

Smith isn't facing criminal charges for either violation but is nonetheless scheduled to appear in court Nov. 7. The NFL is expected to complete its own investigation in the matter, but Smith will likely continue to suit up for the Packers while the legal issue remains ongoing. After inking a four-year, $66 million contract this offseason, Smith leads Green Bay with eight sacks in eight games.

October 29, 2019 11:12 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Adds to sack total again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith notched four solo tackles and two sacks during Sunday's 31-24 win over the Chiefs.

Smith has already racked up eight sacks through eight contests and is one away from setting a new career high. The 27-year-old has provided strong IDP value this season, and he's primed for a favorable matchup against the Chargers in Week 9.

October 15, 2019 05:36 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Brings down Stafford
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith had five tackles, including a sack, in Monday's 23-22 win over the Lions at home.

Whatever knee issues Smith was battling last week did not seem to affect his ability to get to opposing quarterback in Week 6. The 27-year-old has already collected six sacks in 2019 and needs only three more to set a new career-high. His value in IDP formats continues to rise with each passing week.

October 8, 2019 10:04 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Sacks continue to pile up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded three tackles (all solo) and two sacks across 52 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.

Smith continues to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks, as he now has five sacks on the year. A leader of the new-look Packers defense, Smith battled through knee issues Sunday, leaving the game at three different times to fix the brace he was wearing.

September 26, 2019 07:00 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Ready to rock
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith is active for Thursday's game against the Eagles, Jason Wahlers of the Packers' official site reports.

Smith injured his knee Tuesday and was initially listed as questionable for Week 4, but the veteran linebacker appears back to full health. The former Raven has been a disruptive pass rusher across three starts with the Packers, and he'll attempt to cause havoc once again versus Philadelphia. In the event that Smith were limited at all, first-round rookie Rashan Gary would step into a larger role on defense.

September 26, 2019 03:16 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Expected to play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (knee) is expected to suit up for Thursday's game against the Eagles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Smith suffered a knee injury Tuesday and was initially designated as questionable for Week 4, but it appears as though he'll ultimately suit up. The starting linebacker has accumulated three sacks in as many games, and he'll look to keep his momentum going versus Philadelphia. If Smith is limited in any capacity, rookie first-round pick Rashan Gary will likely see increased defensive snaps.

September 25, 2019 06:08 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Injury pops up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith hurt his knee Tuesday and is considered questionable for Thursday's game versus the Eagles, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Smith still logged a limited practice Wednesday, but the recency of his injury adds to the concern about his ability to play Thursday. This would be a major loss for the Packers, as Smith has exceeded expectations with three sacks over three games. If Smith can't go, the Packers may be forced to allocate a full workload to rookie Rashan Gary since Kyler Fackrell (shoulder) is also questionable.

September 23, 2019 11:32 AM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Two sacks Week 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded three tackles (two solo) and two sacks during Sunday's 27-16 win over the Broncos.

Smith has now made three sacks in three games this season. The fifth-year pro's inconsistent weekly tackle count makes him a risky IDP asset, though he possesses upside as a pass rusher.

September 6, 2019 01:20 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Registers sack in Packers debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith had three solo tackles and a sack in Thursday's victory over the Bears.

In his first game as a Packer, Smith provided precisely the pass-rush boost Green Bay was looking for when the team signed him to a lucrative deal during the offseason, registering a sack and six pressures, according to Rob Demovsky of Smith was on the field for 66.6 percent of the Ravens' defensive snaps last season, but the Packers signed him to play a bigger role, and he did just that in Week 1, finding himself on the field for 67 of the 73 plays -- 92 percent -- the Bears ran against the Packers' defense Thursday night.

April 12, 2019 12:40 PM
Packers' Za'Darius Smith: Ready for offseason workouts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (sports hernia) was active during the first day of voluntary workouts, Stu Courtney of reports.

Back in January, Smith underwent surgery to correct a minor sports hernia injury that was initially believed to require 4-to-6 weeks to heal. Three months later, it appears Smith is back on the field and ready to go. While the injury wasn't believed to be overly serious in the first place, the 26-year-old undoubtedly will benefit from a full offseason uninhibited by any sort of rehab.

March 12, 2019 10:28 AM
Ravens' Za'Darius Smith: Ready to join Packers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (sports hernia) is signing with Green Bay, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The 2015 fourth-round pick enjoyed a breakout season in the final year of his rookie contract, recording career-high marks across the board with 45 tackles (26 solo), 25 quarterback hits, 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks on 690 snaps. Smith figures to start at outside linebacker in Mike Pettine's 3-4 scheme, joining a Packers defense that gets plenty of pressure up the middle from linemen Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. There may be some level of concern that Smith is a one-year wonder, but his per-snap production was solid even before the breakout season. He should make a full recovery from January surgery on a sports hernia long before the start of training camp.

January 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Ravens' Za'Darius Smith: Recovering from hernia
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith had sports hernia surgery in January and is expected to need 4-to-6 weeks for recovery, Jamison Hensley of reports.

The 2015 fourth-round pick broke out in the final year of his rookie contract, piling up 45 tackles and a team-high 8.5 sacks in 16 games. Smith may have priced himself out of Baltimore's range, especially if the team still has serious expectations for 2017 draft picks Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser. There is some chance, however small, that the Ravens could push to re-sign the 26-year-old Smith rather than 36-year-old Terrell Suggs. The more likely scenario has Smith cashing in with a different team this March, at which point he should be approaching full strength in his recovery.

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