The Green Bay Packers offensive line looks to neutralize 49ers pass rusher Justin Smith Saturday night, something they had some success in doing when the two teams met in week one, even though they lost at home 30-22.
And now, as Smith is hobbled a bit with his triceps injury but is expected to play, left guard T.J. Lang says he'll still be a force to be reckoned with.
“He’s the guy that really brings the energy and the intensity to the defense, if not their whole team,” Lang said via Journal Sentinel. of the
“You can tell just by the way he plays. He’s a relentless guy. He is great at eating up two blockers and freeing up a guy whether it’s a linebacker or another defensive lineman coming around on a stunt. When he’s in there, you’ve got to know where he is at all times. He’s a definite playmaker.”
Something else impressive about Smith is his age. The 33-year-old has been in the league for 12 years and shows no signs of slowing down.
“He’s a guy that seems to keep getting better and better the longer he plays,” Lang said . “You don’t really see that a lot. He’s never out of a play. Time after time, he’s running guys down from the backside, just with his pursuit. He’s relentless. He’s always around the ball. You turn on the film and it doesn’t matter what the play is, he’s hustling to the ball. You’ve got to do your best to match his intensity and his effort, stay engaged with him stay locked up and not let him make those impact plays."