The Browns are putting a great deal of confidence in Smith, who has just 7.5 sacks over four seasons in the league. The 2017 season was the first one where Smith played all 16 games, and he posted 26 tackles and three sacks while averaging just 25 defensive snaps per game for the Bengals. Smith will compete with Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah for reps at defensive end.
Smith had three tackles (two solo) and had a half-sack in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Packers.
Smith didn't have as big an impact as one would hope on a day when the Bengals sacked Aaron Rodgers six times. The 25-year-old performed fairly well when on the field, but he played only 22 of 70 defensive snaps with Michael Johnson returning from a concussion.
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.
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