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Fantasy News

  • Giants' Jaylon Smith: Picks up first sack

    Smith notched seven tackles (five solo) and one sack during Sunday's 29-3 loss to the Bears. Smith has now handled roughly 70 percent of defensive snaps in back-to-back games with the Giants. The former Cowboys star is scheduled for free agency this offseason, so he will have every incentive to keep up his momentum during Week 18's regular-season finale against Washington.
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  • Jaylon Smith: Signs with practice squad

    Smith signed with the Giants' practice squad Friday, Michael Elson of the Giants' official site reports. Smith started the season with the Cowboys, who cut him Oct. 5, which led to a month-long stint with the Packers before he was released Nov. 7. In a total of six games in 2021 -- four with the Cowboys and two with the Packers -- Smith has 19 tackles (14 solo). Smith will now try to earn his way to the Giants' active roster.
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  • Jaylon Smith: Released by Green Bay

    Smith was released by the Packers on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. After being released by the Cowboys, Smith signed a one-year deal with the Packers on Oct. 7. He played just 24 defensive snaps across two games before being a healthy inactive for Green Bay's Week 8 win over the Cardinals. The Packers also added Whitney Mercilus, who has played 57 defensive snaps over his first two games with his new club, so Smith found himself as the odd man out once again. The talented linebacker will be in search of a new opportunity during the 2021 campaign.
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  • Packers' Jaylon Smith: Unlikely to play Sunday

    Smith is unlikely to play in Sunday's matchup against the Bengals, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. Smith signed a one-year deal with Green Bay on Thursday, but coach Matt LaFleur acknowledged that the linebacker will need some time to get up to speed with the team's system. Once the 26-year-old makes his Packers debut, he should start and play a prominent role.
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  • Packers' Jaylon Smith: Signs on with Green Bay

    Smith agreed to terms Thursday with the Packers on a one-year deal, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Shortly after Smith was cut loose by the Cowboys on Tuesday, the linebacker-needy Packers emerged as one of the top suitors for his services. Though he spent most of Wednesday weighing offers from various clubs, Smith ultimately committed to Green Bay, as expected. After falling behind Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch and Keanu Neal in the pecking order in Dallas, Smith should have a clearer path to recapturing a starting role with the Packers. While working as a full-time starter for Dallas in 2020, Smith was one of the top IDP performers at his position, finishing with 154 tackles, five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, 1.5 sacks and an interception in 16 games.
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  • Jaylon Smith: Hasn't signed yet

    Updating a previous report, Smith is still weighing his options for his next landing spot after being cut by Dallas on Tuesday, but the Packers remain the favorite to sign the linebacker, Rob Demovsky of reports. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier Wednesday that the Packers were finalizing details on a contract with Smith, but other teams still are in the mix to land the sixth-year pro. Smith has three seasons with at least 100 tackles under his belt and has averaged 7.6 tackles per game for his career, so he'll likely be a boon to the middle of whichever defense he joins.
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  • Jaylon Smith: Parts ways with Cowboys

    Smith was cut by the Cowboys on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The 2016 second-round pick played only 27 defensive snaps during Sunday's win over the Panthers and has now been let go by the Cowboys. He recorded 154 tackles (89 solo), 1.5 sacks and one interception in 16 games last season, but he struggled to find a role under new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn this year. Smith inked a five-year, $64 million extension in 2019 but didn't come close to playing out the deal in Dallas.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Stacks up nine stops

    Smith recorded nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 20-17 overtime win against the Chargers. After logging 25 percent of the snaps and four tackles in Week 1, the tables flipped in Week 2 when Micah Parsons was moved to defensive end following DeMarcus Lawrence's foot injury. Smith handled 75 percent of the snaps against the Chargers and was back to his usual self. It may be difficult to keep guessing on his usage, but he's worth holding onto for IDP purposes, as he posted 296 tackles between the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Headed for wrist surgery

    Smith will undergo surgery on his left wrist, Todd Archer of ESPN reports. The linebacker showed up on the injury report Week 16 with a wrist issue and was able to play through it, but it will apparently require addressing in the offseason. He should be fully recovered in time for OTAs, however. While Smith racked up a career-high 154 tackles over 16 games in 2020 to lead the Cowboys, adding five passes defended, two fumble recoveries, 1.5 sacks and an INT, he was frequently out of position and made too many of those tackles downfield rather than near the line of scrimmage. With Dallas hiring a new defensive coordinator in Dan Quinn and needing cap space for Dak Prescott, it's possible Smith is no longer seen as a piece of the puzzle in the long term and becomes a cap casualty despite the five years remaining on his current contract.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Big numbers again Sunday

    Smith recorded a team-high 11 tackles (eight solo) with one pass defended and one fumble recovery in Sunday's win over the Bengals. Cincy fumbled the ball on each of its first three possessions, with Smith jumping on one to set up an Amari Cooper touchdown in the second quarter. The linebacker has picked up double-digit tackles in two straight games and seven of 13 this season, and he needs just 20 more in the Cowboys' final three contests to set a new career high.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Grabs first INT of season

    Smith recorded five tackles (one solo) and an interception in Thursday's loss to Washington. While he set a new season low in tackles -- and registered his fourth straight game in single digits -- Smith salvaged his IDP value on the afternoon with his first pick of the year. He nearly returned it for a touchdown but got tackled short of the goal line after being caught from behind by Terry McLaurin. Smith has already topped 100 tackles for the third straight campaign, and he could be busy in Week 13's road tilt against a Ravens offense that typically features a ground-heavy game plan.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Busy in Week 1 loss

    Smith tied for the team lead with 11 tackles (five solo) and added a pass defended in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Leighton Vander Esch left the game in the first half with a broken collarbone, leaving Smith to handle the Cowboys' key linebacking duties mainly by himself. The timeline for Vander Esch's recovery isn't yet clear, but the team's lack of depth behind the duo should ensure Smith's IDP value remains sky high while LVE is sidelined.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Moving to weakside LB

    Smith will switch places with Leighton Vander Esch (neck) in new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's system and line up on the weak side, David Helman of reports. This isn't necessarily a negative for Smith's IDP value. Regardless of their exact positioning, both Smith and Vander Esch figure to be on the field every play and see around 1,000 snaps if they stay healthy, so reaching triple-digit tackles again shouldn't be an issue. While he did rack up a career-high 142 tackles last season handling duties in the middle, moving to WILL could free up Smith for more blitzing assignments, something he excels at -- the 25-year-old has collected 6.5 sacks over the last two years, including 4.0 in 2018 when Vander Esch played in all 16 games.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Logs five tackles in win

    Smith posted five tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Rams. It was Smith's lowest tackle output over the last nine games, a span in which he had not failed to rack up at least seven. Likely partly to blame was a season-low 47 snaps played. The 24-year-old will look to rebound Week 16 at Philadelphia.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Team-high eight stops Sunday

    Smith recorded a team-high eight tackles and a pass defended in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. On a wet and rainy day at Foxboro, neither offense had much success, leading to fewer tackling opportunities for Smith and his lowest total since Week 7. Especially if Leighton Vander Esch (neck) remains sidelined, Smith -- who has 98 tackles in 11 games this season -- could easily bounce back to double digits in a Thanksgiving Day clash with the Bills' run-heavy attack.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Notches another sack

    Smith recorded nine tackles (five solo), one sack and one defended pass during Sunday's loss to the Packers. Smith has now recorded a sack in two straight games. The 24-year-old is off to a strong start to the 2019 season, and he'll look to keep his momentum going versus the Jets in Week 6.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Racks up team-high 11 tackles

    Smith recorded a team-high 11 tackles, eight of them solo, in Sunday's win over Washington. The 24-year-old linebacker is off to a strong start to the season with 17 tackles through two games. Smith remains better in run support than pass coverage -- opponents are 6-for-6 in completing passes with him in coverage -- but his speed and strength should allow him to continue piling up IDP value.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Recovered from knee injury

    Smith practiced Wednesday after suffering a minor knee injury during Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. Smith's knee issue kept him from practicing Monday. The 24-year-old linebacker has a history of knee injuries, but he now appears back to full health. He'll resume working with the Cowboys' first team alongside Leighton Vander Esch.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Tallies nine tackles

    Smith had nine tackles (six solo) in Thursday's 13-10 win over the Saints. Smith and rookie Leighton Vander Esch -- who generated 19 combined tackles Thursday -- continue to lock down the middle of the Cowboys defense. The 23-year-old is second on the team with 87 tackles (58 solo), and has four sacks and two forced fumbles in 12 games.
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  • Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Wants to ditch brace in 2018

    Smith hopes to play without a knee brace during the 2018 season, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports. Smith recently parted ways with an Ankle Foot Orthosis foot brace that had been used as part of his broader recovery process from the career-threatening knee injury he suffered in his final collegiate game with Notre Dame in January 2016. After sitting out his rookie season with the Cowboys, Smith returned to play all 16 games in 2017 while sporting the brace, accruing 81 tackles, two forced fumbles and a sack. Even if he's still stuck with the brace when Week 1 of the upcoming season kicks off, the mere notion that Smith might be able to play without any extra stabilization offers encouragement that the leg won't be a recurring issue for the youngster throughout his career.
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