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Za'Darius Smith shows pass-rushing ability

The fourth round draft pick out of Kentucky had two sacks in the Ravens' 23-20 victory over divisional rival Pittsburgh Steelers

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After the loss of Terrell Suggs, the Baltimore Ravens have been desperately searching for someone to come in and provide a consistent pass rush.

They looked at external options, bringing in veteran Jason Babin to help provide a pass rush in Suggs' absence. However, on Thursday night, it was a fourth round rookie that provided a pass rushing presence from the outside.

Za'Darius Smith finished the game with four tackles and two sacks, with the two sacks coming on back-to-back plays in the second half that forced the Steelers to punt.

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Here is a link of Za'Darius talking about getting his first NFL sacks:

Smith is a rookie and will still have to continue to develop, but his Thursday night performance likely turned some heads on the Ravens' coaching staff and showed the potential that he has. As a versatile player that can line up as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or an outside linebacker in a 3-4, Smith is a valuable player now and moving forward.