Smith finished the regular season with 121 tackles, four sacks, four passes defended, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown.
The 23-year-old justified the risk the Cowboys took in the 2016 draft when they selected him early in the second round despite a devastating knee injury that, at the time, seemed to put his career in jeopardy. Smith paired with rookie Leighton Vander Esch to form one of the league's best young linebacking duos, and as long as they can both stay healthy, they should give the Dallas defense a strong core for the foreseeable future.
Smith had 10 tackles (five solo) and returned a fumble 69 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.
Smith's touchdown helped the Cowboys jump out to an early 14-3 lead to help clinch the NFC East division title. The 23-year-old reached double-digit tackles for the second straight week and fifth time this season, as he continues to serve as a great complement alongside breakout rookie Leighton Vander Esch.
Smith had 11 solo tackles in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Colts.
It's the first time since Week 6 that Smith reached double-digit tackles, though he had reached nine tackles in three separate games. The 23-year-old ranks second on the team with 107 combined tackles, and also has four sacks and two forced fumbles through 14 games.
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.
Smith had six solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Thursday's 31-23 win over the Redskins.
Smith had a strip-sack of QB Colt McCoy on the Redskins' first drive of the afternoon, and although it didn't result in a recovery for the Cowboys, it did force a punt. The 23-year-old is second on the team with 78 tackles (52 solo) and ranks third with four sacks.
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