JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars face the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Check out the five key stats regarding linebacker Telvin Smith and his impact on this week's matchup, as well as the future of the Jaguars:
- Top of his Class: Fourth-year linebacker Telvin Smith has accumulated 398 tackles (308 solo), the most by a player drafted in the fifth round or later through their first four seasons since 2003. So far in 2017, Smith has led the Jaguars in tackles in six of their seven games. He will be a key factor at stopping Cincinnati's halfbacks Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon if they get past the defensive line.
- Straight to the 'Bank: Since 2014, Smith has accounted for six interceptions, including two interceptions for a touchdown. His six interceptions since 2014 are tied for the third-most by a linebacker in franchise history and the fifth-most in the league. This season, Smith intercepted a pass by Titans QB Marcus Mariota and one by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the latter which he returned 28 yards for a touchdown. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown eight interceptions in 2017, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL, and needs to be aware of not just the defensive backs, but where Smith is on the field, as well.
- Smith Stands Out: Since becoming a full-time starter in Week 12 of the 2014 season, Smith ranks second in the NFL with 357 tackles over that span, trailing only Seattle's Bobby Wagner (396). Smith has started 47 of 53 career games for the Jaguars and 2017 marks his first year as a team captain. Smith is a viable part of why Jacksonville's defense has allowed the fewest points per game this season and will be a tough opponent for Cincinnati's 26th ranked scoring offense.
- Telvin Takeaway: In 2017, Smith is one of six players to have recorded at least two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Of the six players, he is the only player with an interception for a touchdown and at least one sack. The Bengals have totaled 15 giveaways (eight interceptions and seven fumbles lost) in seven games and rank 31st in the NFL with a -10 turnover margin. Smith and the rest of the Jaguars defense have accounted for 16 takeaways, something the Bengals are very aware of.
- It's Tackle Time: Smith is one of two players, joining Baltimore's C.J. Mosley, to register at least 400 tackles (403), four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and five interceptions since 2014. In 2017, Smith has registered at least seven tackles in the last six games.
*Every Friday during the 2017 NFL regular season, Jaguars public relations assistant Gaby Moran will bring five key stats about the Jaguars heading into the game on Sunday. You can follow her on Twitter @gabsmoran. *