GREEN BAY, Wis. – Preston Smith likes to think of himself as “an oversized lockdown corner.”
The Green Bay Packers no doubt appreciate the outside linebacker’s attitude about dropping into coverage, but they’re paying him a lot of money to sack the quarterback.
With Smith playing coverage rather than pressuring the quarterback on about 37 percent of opponent passing snaps, he’s got only one-half sack after piling up a career-high 12 last season.
Meanwhile, with Oren Burks languishing on the bench after failing once again to earn playing time at inside linebacker, the Packers figured it was time to throw a Hail Mary to salvage the former third-round pick’s career.
Combining those two elements, the Packers have been cross-training Burks at inside linebacker and outside linebacker. After playing three snaps in the first two games, Burks played 13 snaps last week at New Orleans. It was his most snaps since