The Buccaneers have reached a deal with free-agent LB Daryl Smith. The former Raven is expected to start on the strong side, according to Pewter Report. Don't bet on significant IDP value next to MLB Kwon Alexander and weak-side LB Lavonte David, both of whom are 3-down players.
The Ravens on Thursday released LB Daryl Smith, though that doesn't necessarily mean he's done in Baltimore. “While we are releasing Daryl, we are not closing the door on the possibility of him returning to the Ravens,” GM Ozzie Newsome said in a statement released by the team. “He deserves an opportunity to see his market value at this time." If Smith doesn't return to the Ravens, Arthur Brown, Zachary Orr and Albert McClellan look like the potential in-house replacements. Brown has disappointed since arriving as a 2nd-round pick after a productive college career. We'll see what happens in this situation that has delivered strong IDP value through the past 3 seasons. Heading into his age-34 season, though, Smith might not be a good bet for fantasy value going forward.
The Ravens drafted Alabama LB C.J. Mosley with the 17th pick of the NFL draft. Mosley tallied 108 and 107 tackles the past 2 seasons, with 6.5 total sacks and 5 INTs for his career. Mosley and 2013 second-round LB Arthur Brown look like the future inside for Baltimore, though they could cannibalize each other's IDP value to some extent. For now, veteran LB Daryl Smith blocks 1 of the 2 youngsters from the starting lineup. Don't look for either to factor heavily into our 2014 IDP rankings.
Ravens LB Daryl Smith has signed a 4-year $16.1 million deal to stay in Baltimore. We're doubting the 32-year-old will play out the whole term, but it's nice to see him stick in the place where he produced his best fantasy season to date. Smith might have trouble matching last year's numbers, but we'll certainly expect more good things when we factor him into our 2014 IDP rankings.
The Jaguars placed OLB Daryl Smith on IR today but designated him eligible to return. That would allow Smith to play in the final 3 games (at most) if his groin heals up in time. IDP owners should continue forgetting about him. Russell Allen's value appears safe.
Jaguars OLB Daryl Smith took part in positional drills today for the first time all season. Smith has been out since Labor Day after aggravating a groin injury that cost him nearly all of training camp. HC Mike Mularkey said he'd wait until this afternoon to begin gauging Smith's chances of playing Sunday. IDP owners will have to wait until we see Smith in game action to decide on his fantasy viability. Russell Allen has been an IDP revelation in Smith's absence but could be relegated to a part-time role when Smith is ready to make a full return.
The Jaguars might be without starting OLB Daryl Smith on Sunday. The veteran sat out Thursday's practice after apparently re-aggravating a groin injury earlier in the week. The groin kept Smith out for nearly all of the preseason. Even if he's active for the game, he's too risky for IDP owners to trust. Go for a different option if you can. Elsewhere on defense, the team expects to be without CB Derek Cox. He also missed most of the preseason while dealing with a bad hamstring. Cox sat out the past 2 days of practice.
Update: Smith has officially been ruled out.
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