Smith (undisclosed) is not in uniform for Saturday's preseason affair with the Jaguars, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Smith was a late scratch Saturday and it's not clear why as of right now. A high-volume tackler, Smith has been a clear-cut starter in this league for 13 seasons. While it makes sense to speculate that the Buccaneers could be giving Smith the game off to rest, nothing is certain until an official word is given.
The starting strongside linebacker, who has extensive familarity with defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme from their time in Jacksonville in the mid-to-late 2000s, was Johnny-on-the-Spot on his pick, diving to snare the ball after it deflected off the hands of wideout Vincent Jackson. Smith has built an impressive resume as a tackling machine throughout his career, but has also shown a nose for the ball. The 34-year-old has 11 career picks to his credit, with three of those coming in each of his first three campaigns under Mike Smith's tutelage with the Jaguars.
The 13-year veteran, who topped 120 tackles in each of his last three seasons with the Ravens, is reunited with Smith in Tampa after having played under his tutelage for four seasons during the latter's defensive coordinator tenure in Jacksonville in the mid-to-late 2000s. Smith's familiarity and past success in the scheme provides considerable reason for optimism, but his new teammates have him excited for the coming season as well. "We've got a young roster that can play," he said. "We've got talent that nobody really might not know it just yet, but hopefully we'll prove that." The 34-year-old is particularly looking forward to playing alongside Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander in the linebacker corps in a defensive scheme he feels will be an ideal fit for their respectives skill sets. "They're both young," he said. "Lavonte's been around a few years, All-Pro, knows what he's doing. Kwon is young, but knowledgeable about the game and so eager to learn. Already they're asking so many questions. It's a defense they'll thrive in."
Daryl Smith signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Thursday, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports reports.
The veteran Smith will join Tampa Bay's young but talented linebacking corps on a one-year deal after being released by Baltimore earlier in the offseason to clear some cap space. Smith recorded 121 tackles and three sacks as a middle linebacker in the Ravens' 3-4 system last season, but he could be a replacement as the strong side backer with the Bucs releasing Bruce Carter this offseason. Despite the fact that he'll be 34 when the season gets underway, Smith still has decent coverage skills for a linebacker and could serve as a solid one-year stopgap in Tampa Bay.
The 14-year veteran, released by the Ravens on Mar. 3, played under new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith in Jacksonville from 2004-2007 during part of the latter's stint as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator. An above-average run-stopping presence throughout his career, Smith amassed 372 tackles (196 solo), 12 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 30 passes defensed and five interceptions over the last three seasons in Baltimore. The Bucs are seeking to re-stock their linebacker corps after releasing Bruce Carter and choosing not to tender Danny Lansanah earlier in the offseason.
|1||9/11/16||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|5||10/10/16||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/23/16||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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