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Telvin Smith, OLB, JAC
Even with high expectations heading into this year, Smith has probably outplayed them so far in 2015. He's well on his way toward establishing himself as one of the league's top defenders. After posting nine tackles (seven solo, one for a loss), two sacks and a forced fumble against Tennessee on Sunday, the 24-year-old second-year linebacker is up to 112 tackles (84 solo, 11 for a loss), 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception, and one touchdown in 12 games. If he can maintain his current pace over the final four games, he would project to finish the year with roughly 149 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles. With elite athleticism and instincts, Smith should be an elite IDP for the foreseeable future.
Gerald Hodges, (3-4) ILB, SF
Michael Wilhoite (ankle) will miss Saturday's game against Cleveland, leaving an opening for Hodges to step into a three-down role for at
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