When Za’Darius and Preston Smith signed with the Green Bay Packers a year and a half ago, they quickly endeared themselves to fans by forming a pass rushing tandem the likes of which hadn’t been seen in Green Bay in years.
The two always did their locker room availability with the media together and the Smith brothers were all the rage.
A quarter of the way through year two with the Packers for both of them, one half of the dynamic duo is leading the league in sacks while the other currently has half a goose egg in the sack column.
So what exactly is going on with Preston Smith?
Well, some of the issue is by design. Kyler Fackrell last year served as more of a coverage outside linebacker and with his departure, some of that has fallen to Preston Smith.
For his part, he does still trust the system and knows his time is coming much like how Za’Darius had his breakout game against the Atlanta Falcons and suddenly was tied for the league lead in sacks heading into last week’s bye.
Regardless of reason, if the Packers can get the other Smith brother going and combine that pair with an offense that is absolutely humming right now then the Packers will be lethal against any opponent.
Sometimes the value of a player doesn’t show up on a stat sheet and that’s where Preston is right now. He’s by no means a liability but he’s going to have to take advantage of his opportunities when they come.
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