Smith (wrist) took a majority of the first-team reps at linebacker during OTAs, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Although it's a good sign that Smith was back with his teammates, Machota points out that fans shouldn't read to much into him receiving the first-team reps, as the coaching staff has kept veterans and rookies together for much of the offseason work. Smith underwent wrist surgery this offseason, coupled with the team drafting Micah Parsons in the first round of the 2021 Draft, signs that point to a decreased role for Smith heading into 2021 and potentially beyond. The Notre Dame product racked up 154 tackles (89 solo) and 1.5 sacks last season and hopes to be a full-go for training camp.
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.
Smith recorded 11 tackles (six solo) and added a QB hit and a fumble recovery in Sunday's win over the Eagles.
The linebacker has produced double-digit tackles in four straight games and nine of 15 this season, powering Smith to a new career high with 144 tackles. He figures to be in the thick of the action again in Week 17 against the Giants.
Smith posted 10 tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers.
Smith recorded double-digit tackles for the eighth time in 14 games, and he has now recorded 133 tackles (second in the league). The Notre Dame standout is on track to surpass last year's career high of 142 tackles at some point over the final two games.
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.
Smith recorded 12 tackles (seven solo) in Tuesday's loss to the Ravens.
As expected, Baltimore attacked a weak Dallas run defense all night and racked up a massive 294 rushing yards, creating IDP value for Smith even if his efforts didn't do much to influence the final outcome. The linebacker could be busy again in Week 14's clash with a Bengals team hoping to get Joe Mixon (foot) back in the lineup.
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.
Smith piled up 12 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's loss to Washington.
While the linebacker has drawn flak in recent weeks for an apparent lack of hustle on some big plays by the opposition, there's been no doubting his IDP value. Smith has recorded double-digit tackles in three straight games and five of seven overall this season, and even the return of Leighton Vander Esch to full duty this week didn't cut into Smith's production. With the Cowboys down multiple starters along the offensive line and potentially forced to use third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci in Week 8 against the Eagles, there's no reason to think the beleaguered Dallas defense will be less busy any time soon, providing Smith with plenty of opportunities for more tackles.
Smith had 10 tackles (seven solo) during Monday's 38-10 loss to the Cardinals.
Dallas had little going for it during Monday's drubbing, though Smith reached double-digit tackles for the fourth time this season. The 25-year-old has been a valuable and consistent IDP piece this season with 63 tackles and a half-sack through six games, while never totaling fewer than seven tackles in a single contest.
Smith recorded a team-high 14 tackles (seven solo) and half a sack in Sunday's win over the Giants.
The linebacker piled up 3.5 tackles for loss in total, with two QB hits. Smith has recorded double-digit tackles three times already this season, and his 53 through five games has him on pace to shatter the career-high 142 he piled up in 2019.
Smith recorded a team-high 13 tackles (eight solo) and a pass defended in Sunday's comeback win over the Falcons.
The Dallas offense lost three fumbles in the first quarter, which kept Smith and the defense on the field and very busy. The linebacker has 23 tackles through two games, and with Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) sidelined, Smith should continue to post elite IDP numbers.
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.
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 DallasCowboys.com 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.
Smith wrapped up 2019 with a team-high 142 tackles (83 solo) including 2.5 sacks, while adding his first career interception on nine passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Given the career-threatening nerve damage to his knee he suffered in college and the fact that he sat out an entire year rehabbing the injury after being drafted in 2016, it's somewhat remarkable that Smith has played in 48 straight games over the last three seasons, much less emerged as one of fantasy football's best IDP assets. The 24-year-old tied for sixth in the NFL in total tackles and he even showed improvement in pass coverage, allowing an 84.3 QB rating on 51 passes tossed his way in 2019. Smith should once again anchor the middle of the Dallas defense in 2020.
Smith made eight tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Eagles.
Smith bounced back from a five-tackle, 47-snap effort in Week 15. He played all 72 defensive snaps in this one. The Notre Dame product sits at 133 tackles on the year.
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.
Smith recorded eight tackles (six solo), three defended passes and one fumble recovery in Thursday's 31-24 loss to the Bears.
Smith notched production both as a pass defender and run stopper, recording the second most tackles among Dallas' defense along with a season-high mark for defended passes. He played 100 percent of snaps on defense for a sixth consecutive game. The fourth-year pro has a matchup against the Rams on deck Week 15.
Smith recorded 14 tackles (six solo) during Thursday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.
Smith saw increased run-stuffing duties with Leighton Vander Esch (neck) inactive again, and he managed to lead the Cowboys in stops for a fifth straight week while setting a new season-high tackle mark. Since Dallas returned from bye to face the Giants in Week 9, Smith is averaging a remarkable 11 tackles per contest. He'll look to keep that momentum up against the Bears in Week 14.
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.
Smith recorded a team-high nine tackles, including one for a loss, in Sunday's win over the Lions.
It's actually Smith's lowest tackle total in three games, as the 24-year-old linebacker has been on a tear lately. He's already up to 90 tackles on the year with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, putting him on pace for a career-best campaign.
|Sun 09/13||@ LAR||L 17-20||5||5||10||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 09/20||vs ATL||W 40-39||8||6||14||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ SEA||L 31-38||4||4||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||vs CLE||L 38-49||2||5||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||@ WAS||L 3-25||6||6||12||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/01||@ PHI||L 9-23||5||2||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||vs PIT||L 19-24||6||1||7||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||@ MIN||W 31-28||3||4||7||1||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 11/26||vs WAS||L 16-41||1||3||4||0||1||1||0||0|
|Tue 12/08||@ BAL||L 17-34||7||5||12||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||@ CIN||W 30-7||8||3||11||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||vs SF||W 41-33||5||5||10||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/27||vs PHI||W 37-17||6||5||11||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||@ NYG||L 19-23||9||1||10||0||0||0||0||0|
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