Following the recent NFL Draft, the Eagles' wide receiver depth chart will be topped by newcomer A.J. Brown along with Smith, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Brown, who the Eagles obtained from the Titans on the first night of the draft, is now slated to pair with Smith, who caught 64 of his 104 targets for 916 yards and five TDs in 17 games as a rookie after going 10th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, Brown adds a physical presence opposite Smith, who's listed at 6-foot, 170 pounds. The duo's fantasy upside hinges largely on how well they click with starting QB Jalen Hurts, but both Brown and Smith should at least see steady volume in 2022, given they clearly head a wideout corps that also rosters Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Jalen Reagor and Greg Ward.
May 6, 2022 11:53 AM EST
The Eagles hope Smith will be helped by the acquisition of A.J. Brown, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith is a smaller receiver at six feet, 170 pounds while Brown is much larger at 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, and coach Nick Sirianni views the duo as complementary to one another. Brown's addition to the receiver room should at the very least draw defensive focus from the 2021 first-round pick as well as create more opportunity for the whole offense by lengthening drives. Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Jalen Reagor and Greg Ward will likely now function mostly as afterthoughts in what was a run-first offense in 2021.
Apr 30, 2022 1:17 AM EST
Smith recorded four receptions on 11 targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 31-15 wild-card round loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Smith finished second on the team with 11 targets, but he averaged only 5.5 yards per look to turn in a disappointing performance. Though his final line was uninspiring, Smith did turn in a strong second half as he had only one reception on two targets through the first two quarters. Though it came in garbage time, Smith picked up chunk gains of 31 and 19 yards in the fourth quarter to account for the majority of his production. He'll now look toward his second season as a pro after turning in a solid rookie campaign that was highlighted by 61 catches, 916 yards and five touchdowns across 17 games.
Jan 16, 2022 1:55 PM EST
Smith caught three of four targets for 41 yards in Saturday's 51-26 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Smith was involved early on, enabling him to set the Eagles' rookie record for receiving yards in a season. The first-rounder's performance included a long grab of 25 yards on a heads-up play during Philadelphia's opening series, extending what became a touchdown drive. Fresh off his personal accomplishment, Smith will now set his sights on his first-career playoff appearance next weekend.
Jan 8, 2022 8:51 PM EST
Smith caught three of his six targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over Washington.
Analysis: Smith's first catch of the day accounted for most of his yards as he caught Jalen Hurts' first pass attempt of the game for a 30-yard pickup. The rookie was pretty quiet after that but was still able to lead all Philadelphia receivers in receiving yards once again, trailing only Dallas Goedert (71 yards) among all pass-catchers. Smith has a nice matchup on tap against the Cowboys in Week 18, but his playing time may be affected with both teams having clinched the playoffs already.
Jan 3, 2022 12:26 PM EST
Smith secured five of seven targets for 80 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 34-10 win over the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: Smith paced the Eagles in receptions and receiving yardage, with his production in each category also serving as his best since Week 9. The rookie's four-yard scoring grab in the latter portion of the third quarter was also the subject of not one but two replays, with the latter review confirming the score after the first one seemed to nullify it. Smith is likely to play another prominent role in a key Week 17 road showdown against Washington.
Dec 26, 2021 3:42 PM EST
Smith brought in three of five targets for 40 yards in the Eagles' 27-17 win over Washington on Tuesday night.
Analysis: The speedster took a back seat in the air attack to tight end Dallas Goedert, who exploded for a season-high 135 receiving yards. Smith got 28 of his yards on one catch, but it was otherwise a quiet night for the talented rookie. Despite the untimely downturn Tuesday, Smith is still seemingly a poor candidate for a Week 16 benching on fantasy playoff rosters considering his home matchup against a Giants secondary that's played poorly on the road all season.
Dec 21, 2021 7:48 PM EST
Smith and the Eagles will no longer play Washington on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. The two-day delay could also help Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (ankle) get healthier, as he had been listed as questionable for the Week 15 contest before the game was postponed Friday. While Hurts was sidelined in the Eagles' Week 13 win over the Jets, Gardner Minshew filled in admirably at quarterback but didn't show much of a rapport with Smith, who finished with two receptions for 15 yards on four targets.
Dec 17, 2021 4:31 PM EST
Smith recorded two receptions on four targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 33-18 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Smith was limited by game script, as the Eagles took to the air only 25 times while playing with the lead for the majority of the contest. Even so, both Dallas Goedert and Kenneth Gainwell saw more targets than Smith, who has combined to post just four receptions on eight targets for 37 yards across his last two games. Whether it's the rookie wall or offensive gameplan, Smith will have the chance to regroup in an effort to return to his more productive ways as the Eagles head into their Week 14 bye.
Dec 5, 2021 5:19 PM EST
Smith (illness) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: According to Tim McManus of ESPN.com, Smith was spotted with a brace protecting the elbow he first hurt Week 9 against the Chargers, but that injury nor the non-COVID-19-related ailment that kept him out of Wednesday's walk-through will prevent him from playing Sunday against the Jets. In his return to practice, Smith took reps on the first team offense with both backup Gardner Minshew and starter Jalen Hurts, who was limited for the second straight day due to a sore ankle. Barring a setback, Hurts still appears likely to give it a go this weekend, so Smith's outlook shouldn't change much from prior weeks.
Dec 2, 2021 1:35 PM EST
Smith (illness) returned to practice Thursday, Josh Tolentino of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: After sitting out Wednesday with a non-COVID-19-related illness, Smith was back in his customary role leading Eagles wide receivers in individual drills. Thursday's injury report will reveal how much work the rookie first-round pick was able to handle.
Dec 2, 2021 10:15 AM EST
Smith was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated injury report due to an illness.
Analysis: Fortunately for Smith's fantasy managers, the illness isn't related to COVID-19, per EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Smith has two sessions remaining this week to put the ailment behind him and ready himself for Sunday's road game against the Jets.
Dec 1, 2021 12:56 PM EST
Smith caught two passes for 22 yards on four targets against the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: Jalen Hurts struggled as a passer and took Smith down with him, but both players should find a more welcoming matchup when the Eagles face the Jets in Week 13. Smith's disappointing numbers against the Giants mostly occurred because Hurts threw for only 129 yards and three interceptions on 31 attempts, but an outcome like that is far less likely against the Jets.
Nov 28, 2021 2:16 PM EST
Smith brought in four of six targets for 61 yards in the Eagles' 40-29 win over the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: Smith narrowly missed out on a touchdown grab in the left corner of the end zone late in the first half when he couldn't quite come down inbounds, and he otherwise put together a solid but unspectacular day. The rookie's production continues to be somewhat capped by quarterback Jalen Hurts' overall limitations as a passer, but he's now eclipsed 60 receiving yards in four of the last five games. Smith's Week 12 matchup takes him to New York, where he'll face a Giants secondary that's been much better at home than the road this season.
Nov 21, 2021 2:12 PM EST
Smith caught four of six targets for 66 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 30-13 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: After finding the end zone only once in his first eight NFL games, Smith has now scored three TDs in his last two contests while flashing some impressive chemistry with Jalen Hurts. The rookie wideout will look to continue his recent strong stretch of play in Week 11 against the Saints.
Nov 14, 2021 8:22 PM EST
Smith (elbow) practiced in full Thursday.
Analysis: After one session with a cap on his reps due to an elbow issue, Smith managed to log all individual and team work Thursday. With his health not in question, he's again poised to serve as the Eagles' No. 1 wide receiver Sunday against a Broncos defense that has allowed 162.8 total yards per game and nine touchdowns to the position in nine contests this season.
Nov 11, 2021 1:18 PM EST
Smith was a limited practice participant Wednesday due to an elbow injury, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith should be able to play through the issue Sunday in Denver, following a 5-116-1 receiving line in the Week 9 loss to Los Angeles. He's locked in as Philly's top wide receiver, by a mile, but there is some cause for concern with just nine targets over the past two weeks as the team has quickly shifted from pass-heavy to run-heavy, albeit with a lot of help from matchups.
Nov 10, 2021 1:01 PM EST
Smith caught five of six targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: While the rookie didn't see big volume, Smith still put together a huge performance as the only receiving option of note for the Eagles. It's his second career game with 100-plus yards, while the TD was his first since Week 1. He'll look to keep building momentum in a Week 10 tilt against the Broncos.
Nov 7, 2021 8:21 PM EST
Smith caught one of three targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 44-6 win over Detroit.
Analysis: Smith had just one target in the first half. The Eagles hardly needed to pass in the blowout and mostly played it safe when they did. With what should be a much more competitive matchup ahead with the Chargers, the rookie first-round pick should see a more customary allotment of targets in Week 9.
Oct 31, 2021 3:31 PM EST
Smith (headache) was a full practice participant Thursday.
Analysis: Smith sat out Wednesday due to a headache, which ultimately wasn't serious, as indicated by his bump in activity level. With his status now not in question for Week 8, he'll prepare to face a Lions defense Sunday that has allowed an NFL-worst 10.8 yards per target to wide receivers this season.
Oct 28, 2021 1:30 PM EST
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