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.
The 2015 second-round pick still hasn't developed into a top-notch pass rusher, but he does have a respectable total of 24.5 sacks through four seasons and hasn't ever missed a game. The dependability should make it easy to secure a long-term contract from another team if Smith doesn't re-sign with Washington before he's eligible to hit the open market at the beginning of the new league year. For what it's worth, coach Jay Gruden said he would like to keep the 26-year-old outside linebacker in Washington, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.
Smith had eight tackles (three solo) and 1.5 sacks in Thursday's loss to the Cowboys.
Smtih went without a sack through the first eight games of the season, and now has 3.5 sacks over the last three games. The eight tackles is a season high for the 26-year-old, who has also has one or zero tackles in four separate games, making him an unreliable IDP option.
Smith produced three tackles, one sack and one forced fumble during Sunday's victory over Tampa Bay.
Despite averaging over 50 defensive snaps per game, it took Smith nine contests to record his first sack this season after racking up 20.5 of them over the past three years. No matter, the 2015 second-rounder played a big role in this impressive showing against an explosive Buccaneers passing attack. If Smith finally gets going, this Redskins defense can reach even greater heights than they're at now (tied for fourth in scoring defense). There's a strong chance he indeed can keep the good times rolling against a below-average Texans offensive line in Week 11.
Smith (ankle) is back on the field for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Smith briefly exited Sunday's contest during the first quarter, but has returned to the starting lineup. It appears that Smith did not suffer an injury of notable severity.
Smith is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Cowboys due to an ankle injury.
Smith suffered an ankle injury during the first quarter of Sunday's game and has been replaced by Ryan Anderson as Washington's starting left outside linebacker. Expect an update on Smith's injury if he is unable to retake the field.
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