Za'Darius Smith

Za'Darius Smith

29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Green Bay Packers
IR
Injury Back
Est. Return 12/12/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After recording a career-high 13.5 sacks in his first season with Green Bay, Smith backed that up with 12.5 more sacks in Year 2. He got more involved in other areas, too, forcing four fumbles, recovering two of them and also deflecting two passes. Smith doesn't rack up the tackle numbers that other linebackers do, but he's a proven pass rusher and, in the same role he filled the last two seasons, is a good bet to reach double digits in the sack department for a third year in a row. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Packers in March of 2019.
Gets surgery, out indefinitely
LBGreen Bay Packers
Back
October 1, 2021
Smith (back) will be out for an extended period after having surgery earlier this week, but the Packers are hoping he'll return at some point this season, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Based on initial reports, there's at least some chance the surgery turns out to be season-ending. The campaign does last a week longer this year, and Green Bay is among the more likely teams to still be playing late in January. Still, the team will be without its top pass rusher for most of the season, with Smith landing on IR after he tried to play through the injury Week 1 and now requiring a procedure after rest wasn't enough to fix the problem.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
Snap %
Green Bay PackersPackers 2021 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

66155%
18873%
41735%
7931%
40534%
14757%
28924%
8132%
26923%
10340%
14412%
2610%
1008%
4317%
524%
00%
403%
00%
343%
3413%
282%
00%
242%
00%
171%
00%
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2021 Za'Darius Smith Split Stats
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Measurables Review
How do Za'Darius 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.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
272 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.83 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.66 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.42 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.0 in
 
Broad Jump
113 in
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2016
2015
In this space last year, it was written, "Smith's sack rate (in 2018) rivaled that of pass rushers who finished with more sacks, so if he takes off as the Packers expect, he's a good bet to break into double digits in the sack department for the first time in his career." Well, that's exactly what happened, as Smith finished tied for sixth in the league with 13.5 sacks. Even when he didn't get home, he wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks, finishing among the league leaders in pressure rate. Playing in the same defensive scheme without any major personnel changes affecting his role, Smith is a safe bet for double-digit sacks once again.
After spending four years with the Ravens, Smith joined the Packers during the offseason. He was mainly a rotational player while with the Ravens, but the Packers believe he is ready for a more prominent role, and signed him to a lucrative multi-year deal. His salary figures to make him a starter, which will give him a chance to see more snaps. Smith's sack rate last year rivaled that of pass rushers who finished with more sacks, so if he takes off as the Packers expect, he's a good bet to break into double digits in the sack department for the first time in his career.
In what was his rookie season last year, Smith totaled a respectable 5.5 sacks while playing 38.1 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. He was a beneficiary of Terrell Suggs missing nearly the entire season to a torn Achilles', seeing the field much more to fill in for the Pro-Bowler. With Suggs and Elvis Dumervil the clear starters at outside linebacker in 2016, Smith could be forced to take a step back in his second campaign.
The Ravens hope that Smith, a fourth-round draft pick out of Kentucky, can replace the departed Pernell McPhee as a versatile pass-rusher in a part-time role. Much like McPhee, Smith is an oversized outside linebacker with the potential to pressure quarterbacks from a variety of stances and locations.
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Lands on IR
LBGreen Bay Packers
Back
September 17, 2021
The Packers placed Smith (back) on injured reserve Friday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
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Slated to miss time
LBGreen Bay Packers
Back
September 17, 2021
The Packers are expected to keep Smith (back) sidelined for an undetermined amount of time, Wes Hodkiewicz of the team's official site reports. "Z's not going to be out there," coach Matt LaFleur said Friday. "Unfortunately, we're going to have to shut him down for a while."
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No practice Thursday
LBGreen Bay Packers
Back
September 16, 2021
Smith (back) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice.
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Suiting up Week 1
LBGreen Bay Packers
September 12, 2021
Smith (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints in Jacksonville, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.
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Expected to play Sunday
LBGreen Bay Packers
Back
September 12, 2021
Smith (back) is expected to play Sunday against New Orleans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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