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September 14, 2020 10:52 AM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Busy in Week 1 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith tied for the team lead with 11 tackles (five solo) and added a pass defended in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Leighton Vander Esch left the game in the first half with a broken collarbone, leaving Smith to handle the Cowboys' key linebacking duties mainly by himself. The timeline for Vander Esch's recovery isn't yet clear, but the team's lack of depth behind the duo should ensure Smith's IDP value remains sky high while LVE is sidelined.

August 7, 2020 10:12 AM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Moving to weakside LB
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith will switch places with Leighton Vander Esch (neck) in new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's system and line up on the weak side, David Helman of reports.

This isn't necessarily a negative for Smith's IDP value. Regardless of their exact positioning, both Smith and Vander Esch figure to be on the field every play and see around 1,000 snaps if they stay healthy, so reaching triple-digit tackles again shouldn't be an issue. While he did rack up a career-high 142 tackles last season handling duties in the middle, moving to WILL could free up Smith for more blitzing assignments, something he excels at -- the 25-year-old has collected 6.5 sacks over the last two years, including 4.0 in 2018 when Vander Esch played in all 16 games.

January 1, 2020 10:04 PM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Concludes monster campaign
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith wrapped up 2019 with a team-high 142 tackles (83 solo) including 2.5 sacks, while adding his first career interception on nine passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Given the career-threatening nerve damage to his knee he suffered in college and the fact that he sat out an entire year rehabbing the injury after being drafted in 2016, it's somewhat remarkable that Smith has played in 48 straight games over the last three seasons, much less emerged as one of fantasy football's best IDP assets. The 24-year-old tied for sixth in the NFL in total tackles and he even showed improvement in pass coverage, allowing an 84.3 QB rating on 51 passes tossed his way in 2019. Smith should once again anchor the middle of the Dallas defense in 2020.

December 24, 2019 04:00 PM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Eight stops in losing effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith made eight tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Eagles.

Smith bounced back from a five-tackle, 47-snap effort in Week 15. He played all 72 defensive snaps in this one. The Notre Dame product sits at 133 tackles on the year.

December 18, 2019 01:20 PM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Logs five tackles in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith posted five tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Rams.

It was Smith's lowest tackle output over the last nine games, a span in which he had not failed to rack up at least seven. Likely partly to blame was a season-low 47 snaps played. The 24-year-old will look to rebound Week 16 at Philadelphia.

December 6, 2019 10:48 AM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Big effort in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded eight tackles (six solo), three defended passes and one fumble recovery in Thursday's 31-24 loss to the Bears.

Smith notched production both as a pass defender and run stopper, recording the second most tackles among Dallas' defense along with a season-high mark for defended passes. He played 100 percent of snaps on defense for a sixth consecutive game. The fourth-year pro has a matchup against the Rams on deck Week 15.

November 29, 2019 11:00 AM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Huge tackling day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded 14 tackles (six solo) during Thursday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.

Smith saw increased run-stuffing duties with Leighton Vander Esch (neck) inactive again, and he managed to lead the Cowboys in stops for a fifth straight week while setting a new season-high tackle mark. Since Dallas returned from bye to face the Giants in Week 9, Smith is averaging a remarkable 11 tackles per contest. He'll look to keep that momentum up against the Bears in Week 14.

November 26, 2019 09:40 PM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Team-high eight stops Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded a team-high eight tackles and a pass defended in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

On a wet and rainy day at Foxboro, neither offense had much success, leading to fewer tackling opportunities for Smith and his lowest total since Week 7. Especially if Leighton Vander Esch (neck) remains sidelined, Smith -- who has 98 tackles in 11 games this season -- could easily bounce back to double digits in a Thanksgiving Day clash with the Bills' run-heavy attack.

November 18, 2019 12:36 PM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Leads Cowboys in tackles again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded a team-high nine tackles, including one for a loss, in Sunday's win over the Lions.

It's actually Smith's lowest tackle total in three games, as the 24-year-old linebacker has been on a tear lately. He's already up to 90 tackles on the year with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, putting him on pace for a career-best campaign.

November 12, 2019 03:44 PM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Keeps producing in Sunday's loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded 13 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

He tied Leighton Vander Esch for the team lead, and Smith set a new season high for tackles for the second straight game. The fourth-year LB is on pace for a career-high 144 stops, and he's added 2.5 sacks through nine games for good measure.

November 5, 2019 10:44 AM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Season high in tackles Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded 12 tackles (four solo) and half a sack in Monday's win over the Giants.

With Leighton Vander Esch (neck) out of action, Smith saw even more run-stuffing duties than usual and set a new season high for tackles, tying Sean Lee for the team lead while helping to hold Saquon Barkley to 28 rushing yards. If Vander Esch remains sidelined in Week 10, Smith could be line for another big IDP performance against Dalvin Cook and the Vikings.

October 8, 2019 09:08 PM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Notches another sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded nine tackles (five solo), one sack and one defended pass during Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Smith has now recorded a sack in two straight games. The 24-year-old is off to a strong start to the 2019 season, and he'll look to keep his momentum going versus the Jets in Week 6.

October 2, 2019 12:00 AM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Keeps racking up tackles in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded nine total tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Sunday's 12-10 loss to New Orleans.

Smith's lone sack Sunday was his first of the 2019 season. The 24-year-old was also present for 58 of 71 defensive plays (82 percent). Through four games, Smith has racked up 27 solo tackles, which is tied with Cleveland's Joe Schobert for the fourth-highest figure in the league.

September 23, 2019 11:28 AM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Leads Dallas in tackles again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded a team-high 10 tackles in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

The 24-year-old is off to a quick start to 2019, racking up 27 tackles and a forced fumble through three games. Smith's strength in run support should continue to afford him plenty of IDP value, especially if the Cowboys' battered group of defensive tackles can't stop opposition RBs from getting past them consistently.

September 16, 2019 11:00 PM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Racks up team-high 11 tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded a team-high 11 tackles, eight of them solo, in Sunday's win over Washington.

The 24-year-old linebacker is off to a strong start to the season with 17 tackles through two games. Smith remains better in run support than pass coverage -- opponents are 6-for-6 in completing passes with him in coverage -- but his speed and strength should allow him to continue piling up IDP value.

August 21, 2019 09:40 AM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Signing extension with Dallas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith agreed to a long-term contract extension with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. He will take home $64 million ($35.5 million guaranteed) over the next five seasons, per Jon Machota of The Athletic.

The Cowboys have plenty of extensions to take care of this offseason, and it ends up being Smith who receives the first long-term deal from Dallas. Smith is coming off a very impressive 2018 regular season campaign where he racked up 121 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Smith emerged as the leader of this impressive Cowboy defense and now will remain with the team for the foreseeable future.

August 14, 2019 05:00 PM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Recovered from knee injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith practiced Wednesday after suffering a minor knee injury during Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Smith's knee issue kept him from practicing Monday. The 24-year-old linebacker has a history of knee injuries, but he now appears back to full health. He'll resume working with the Cowboys' first team alongside Leighton Vander Esch.

January 19, 2019 11:36 AM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Wraps up impressive season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith finished the regular season with 121 tackles, four sacks, four passes defended, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown.

The 23-year-old justified the risk the Cowboys took in the 2016 draft when they selected him early in the second round despite a devastating knee injury that, at the time, seemed to put his career in jeopardy. Smith paired with rookie Leighton Vander Esch to form one of the league's best young linebacking duos, and as long as they can both stay healthy, they should give the Dallas defense a strong core for the foreseeable future.

December 25, 2018 10:52 PM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Scores on fumble recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith had 10 tackles (five solo) and returned a fumble 69 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.

Smith's touchdown helped the Cowboys jump out to an early 14-3 lead to help clinch the NFC East division title. The 23-year-old reached double-digit tackles for the second straight week and fifth time this season, as he continues to serve as a great complement alongside breakout rookie Leighton Vander Esch.

December 19, 2018 02:08 AM
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Leads defense in tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith had 11 solo tackles in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Colts.

It's the first time since Week 6 that Smith totaled double-digit tackles, though he had reached nine tackles on three separate occasions. The 23-year-old ranks second on the team with 107 combined tackles, and also has four sacks and two forced fumbles through 14 games.

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