Preston Smith
Preston Smith
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Green Bay Packers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Packers in March of 2019.
Returns to practice
LBGreen Bay Packers
August 10, 2019
Smith (back) was back at practice Saturday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The starting outside linebacker appears to be over the back tightness that plagued him earlier in the week, though we're sure the Packers will continue to monitor his status closely.
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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.
6' 5"
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
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Preston Smith
2019 Green Bay Packers
25 days ago
Kevin O'Brien examines the coaching change in Green Bay and its impact on Aaron Rodgers and company.
2019 Washington Redskins
26 days ago
Jerry Donabedian surveys the Washington football team, focusing on the QB competition, the health of young running back Derrius Guice and the glut of injuries that have hammered the Redskins in recent years.
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193 days ago
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IDP Analysis: Week 16 Matchups
242 days ago
The Titans have given up the third-most fantasy points to LBs over the last five weeks, so play Zach Brown and the rest of the Redskins linebackers with confidence, says Jim Coventry.
IDP Analysis: Week 15 Matchups
249 days ago
Jimmy Smith and the Ravens defensive backs should be able to amass solid tackle totals against a pressured Jameis Winston.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Dealing with back injury
LBGreen Bay Packers
August 6, 2019
Smith did not participate in team drills Tuesday due to back tightness, Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Joining overhaul in Green Bay
LBWashington Redskins
March 12, 2019
Smith will sign with the Packers, Rob Demovsky of reports.
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Unlikely to return to D.C.
LBWashington Redskins
February 20, 2019
The Redskins aren't likely to use their franchise tag on Smith during the offseason, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Plays all 16 games again
LBWashington Redskins
January 2, 2019
Smith was a 16-game starter at outside linebacker in the final season of his rookie contract, compiling 52 tackles (30 solo), four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery on 834 defensive snaps.
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Tallies sack in third straight
LBWashington Redskins
November 23, 2018
Smith had eight tackles (three solo) and 1.5 sacks in Thursday's loss to the Cowboys.
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