Last season, the Oakland Raiders ran more six man offensive line sets than anyone else in the league. The reason why? Because Lee Smith was injured. Smith is essentially an extra lineman for the Raiders except he’s meaner and is an eligible receiver.
Yes, I just said Lee Smith is meaner than offensive linemen.
That’s the thing about Smith, he contributes a ton of value in terms of his blocking ability, but he also brings an edge of toughness and aggression. If the Raiders were a hockey team, Lee Smith would be their enforcer. Smith plays up until the last echo of the whistle and is often times seen drilling his opponent into the ground as the whistle is blown.
Lee Smith is the kind of guy you hate when he’s on the other team but love when he’s on your team.
And that mentality will be in high demand in Denver on Sunday. The Raiders were humiliated on national television last weekend and looked like a team that had no desire to fight back after being punched in the face. This week, if the Raiders want to bounce back, they need to do the punching and Lee Smith is just the guy to throw those punches.