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Odds are Smith will spend much of this season working in a rotation with Connor Barwin and
Fantasy owners will have to be patient in waiting for Smith to see every-down work, and it won't be until then when he'll have some numbers -- not great numbers -- because outside linebackers typically need a ton of sacks and other stats to supplement their weak (by comparison) tackle totals. Smith should be a good mid-round pick in rookie-only drafts and a late-round choice in dynasty/keeper leagues but he's not worth taking in a standard seasonal format.
Cole enters his 10th year with the Eagles looking for his fifth season with double-digit sacks.
“From Day 1, Trent has just played with great effort,” coach Chip Kelly told the Philadelphia Daily News. "Sometimes the numbers didn't show because he didn't have a sack total, or whatever. But the pressure he got from Game 1 to now, through Game 15, sometimes it starts to come. He was so close in a lot of games, but I think what you see out of Trent is that he just gives you that effort, and he just plays so hard.”
All but Mathis practiced in full each day this week. Mathis did not practice Thursday, but returned in full by Friday.
Playing with a lead the entire night, Philly held the potent Bears attack to 257 total yards and got five sacks and two takeaways. Linebacker
The Eagles DST heads to Dallas in Week 17 with momentum.
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