Za’Darius Smith is fitting in just fine in Green Bay.
After four exceptional years in Baltimore, the former Kentucky outside linebacker signed a four-year, $66 million contract to inject life into the Packers’ pass rush. In less than a week of practice, he’s living up to the hype.
“He’s everything we thought he was going to be, and I can’t say enough about the person, either,” new head coach Matt LaFleur said. “He brings so much leadership to our defense and he’s been a lot of fun to be around. I think he raises the level of everybody around him.”
Smith earned his contract as an interior rusher for the Ravens. The Packers are asking him to use more techniques from multiple positions on the defense. No matter where they put him, he’s finding a way to get to the quarterback in training camp. Aaron Rodgers can see a significant difference in the Packers’ pass rush.
“It’s just a different feel on that side of the ball. I feel like there’s a little more juice,” said the former NFL MVP.
Following a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2018, Smith is poised to become a star for the Packers this fall.