Smith recorded six tackles (three solo) to go along with his first sack of the season in Thursday's loss to the Texans.
Smith made up for a sluggish start to the year, as he recorded just one tackle in the team's season opener. The 25-year-old saw 34 snaps (52 percent) in Week 2, which is right around where you would expect the rotational defensive end to wind up. He will line up against a Packers' offensive line in Week 3 that has both starting tackles dealing with injuries, so he could be potentially in line for an advantageous situation.
Smith registered his second sack of the preseason in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the Redskins.
Smith was working with the first-team defense and got his sack Sunday on the first drive of the game. At this point, not only is it likely that he'll make the Bengals' Week 1 roster, but that he'll play a significant role in their DL rotation as well.
Smith has accumulated 4.5 sacks in 19 games over the course of his three-year NFL career and has mostly served as a backup, playing only 311 snaps during that timespan. The good news is that he is only 25 years old and has yet to play a full season, meaning there is a chance that his full potential has not yet been unlocked. Smith will likely slide into a reserve role on the Bengals' defensive line behind Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson.
Smith will in fact miss his third straight game due to his eye injury, but his absence won't have much of an impact with several options ahead of him on the depth chart at defensive end. Dante Fowler and Tyson Alualu are the Jaguars' projected starters at the position in Week 12.
|3||9/24/17||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|