Smith is a top pass coverage linebacker since 2018


Roquan Smith has been one of the best pass coverage linebackers since entering the NFL in 2018, according to some statistics. 

A statistic from Zebra Technologies ranks Smith second in allowed passer rating as the nearest defender (76.2 passer rating with a minimum of 100 targets). He holds a -41.1 target EPA (Expected Points Added), which is third amongst linebackers. 

Smith played a phenomenal game last Sunday during the Bears' win over the Houston Texans. He recorded 16 tackles and snagged the game-sealing interception against quarterback Davis Mills to help set up Cairo Santos for a buzzer-beating 30-yard field goal. 

The Bears linebacker got into a dilemma with the team this past offseason. Both sides couldn't come to an agreement for a new contract, leaving Smith with a sour taste in his mouth playing on $9.7 million in the final year of his deal. Smith reportedly asked for more money than Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard, who inked a five-year deal worth $98.5 million. 

If Smith continues his exemplary play this season, he should be in the running for a historic contract next offseason. 

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