32-Year-Old Linebacker – Baltimore Ravens
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Smith spent the entirety of his first six NFL seasons as one of the league's most underrated defenders, but general manager Ozzie Newsome knows how to spot talent, scooping up Smith for a starting lin...
Daryl Smith Contract Information:
Agreed to a four-year, $16.1 million contract with the Ravens in March of 2014.
Smith (groin) returned to practice Monday but only took part in position rather than team drills, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Smith lost most of 2012 to a groin injury, then dealt with a thigh issue during his bounce-back season in 2013. There isn't a ton of cause for concern at this stage, but Smith's history makes the issue a bit more worrisome than your average minor training camp injury. While the veteran is all but assured of a starting job after inking a four-year, $16 million contract in the offseason, the Ravens do have a pair of intriguing, young inside linebackers in 2014 first-round pick CJ Mosley and 2013 second-round pick Arthur Brown. Brown will most likely be the odd man out in terms of a starting role, but he's a fantastic athlete who may eventually be hard to keep off the field. While Smith still has the potential to make for an excellent IDP, the Ravens' improved depth at his position is cause for a small downgrade.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Smith was one of the better players on Jacksonville's defense for a long time, and the Ravens got him on the cheap after a groin injury derailed his 2012 season. He's a declining 31-year-old linebacker, which means that expectations are low, but it's possible that the Ravens could squeeze another year or two of good football out of Smith. He won't be handed anything but currently looks like a pretty good bet to start at Mike linebacker.
An eight-year starter for the Jaguars, Smith has been an underrated run defender in recent years, and arguably more productive than Paul Posluszny in 2011 – Smith had five more solo stops than Posluszny, whose bigger tackle total was largely padded by assists. Smith finished the year with 107 tackles (74 solo) as the Jaguars surprisingly allowed just 3.8 yards per carry, and he has quietly added a pass-rushing element to his game recently, posting 3.5 sacks in each of the last two years. With eight passes defended in 2011, there’s even some reason to hope for an interception surge from Smith.
Smith could end up at either middle or outside linebacker for Jacksonville in 2011, depending on what the team does with trades and free agency. Regardless, he likely will be little more than a steady but unremarkable producer across the board. With 204 tackles (159 solo), five sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles in the last two years, Smith can be expected to provide well-rounded production in basically every category – just don’t expect him to stand out in any regard.
Smith will start at outside linebacker, though his tackle numbers should be greatly reduced by the presence of Kirk Morrison.
Smith will start at middle linebacker in 2009.
Smith will battle for a starting linebacker spot.
Smith enters the 2007 returning to his natural outside linebacker role after filling in for the injured Mike Peterson in 2006. His 88 tackles in 2006 represented a career high, though we don't expect him to match those numbers with a healthy Peterson joining him along the linebacking corps.
Smith is still developing in this his second year in the league and will start for the Jaguars at outside linebacker.
Smith will be given the opportunity to win the strong side linebacker job to play along side Mike Peterson and Akin Ayodele.