Durham Smythe

Durham Smythe

Tight End #80
Team: Miami Dolphins
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 253 lb.
College:None
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 4 (123)
Draft Team:MIA

Durham Smythe: Solid end to season

Smythe caught all three of his targets for 23 yards during Week 17's 56-26 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Smythe handled his usual role in the passing game behind Mike Gesicki during last Sunday's blowout loss, while also contributing as a blocker in the running game. Through 15 games in 2020, Smythe caught 26 of 29 targets for 208 yards and two targets. He stands to reprise a similar gig during the 2021 campaign, while playing out the final year of his rookie deal with the Dolphins.

January 5, 2021 4:20 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Just two grabs in Las Vegas

Smythe secured both of his targets for six yards during Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Smythe returned to a depth role with Mike Gesicki back in the lineup, but the absence of DeVante Parker (hamstring) still allowed him to see a slight uptick in opportunities. He'll handle a similar role against the Bills in Week 17.

December 27, 2020 12:44 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Leads team in receiving

Smythe secured all five of his targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 22-12 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Smythe's statline wouldn't normally be too notable, but with all of DeVante Parker (hamstring), Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) sidelined, his 40 yards were enough to pace Miami's receiving corps. If Gesicki can't return in time for Miami's Dec. 26 road game against the Raiders, Smythe and Adam Shaheen will both be in line to handle increased roles again.

December 20, 2020 1:54 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Makes two grabs again

Smythe hauled in two of three targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Smythe once again played a depth role while Mike Gesicki (5-65-2) was showcased as Miami's clear No. 1 receiving tight end, logging his second straight game with two catches. However, Gesicki was forced out late due to a shoulder injury and may be forced to miss time. If Gesicki does end up sitting out Week 15's game against New England, Smythe and Adam Shaheen would both be candidates to handle increased workloads.

December 14, 2020 2:07 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Hauls in two passes

Smythe caught both of his targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 19-7 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Smythe only has one game all season in which he exceeded two catches, Week 13 against the Jets. He had just three grabs then. While the Dolphins occasionally scheme Smythe looks in the red zone, those opportunities come too infrequently to make up for his low fantasy floor.

December 6, 2020 5:11 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Three grabs versus Jets

Smythe caught all three of his targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Smythe has now recorded a catch in six of his last seven games, confirmation that his involvement on offense (albeit in a depth capacity) hasn't been a fluke. Still, his lack of consistent volume and scoring upside keeps him off the fantasy radar as a streaming option in most formats.

November 30, 2020 1:03 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Nabs second TD of season

Smythe caught both of his targets for nine yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 29-21 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Smythe doesn't see targets with the same regularity as Mike Gesicki, and Adam Shaheen has shown superior deep and intermediate abilities, but the second-year pro is establishing himself as an option in the red zone. He'll look to continue establishing chemistry with Tua Tagovailoa at Denver in Week 11.

November 16, 2020 11:40 AM EST

Durham Smythe: Good to go Sunday

Smythe (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: The 25-year-old suffered the concussion last week against the Cardinals, but he cleared the concussion protocol in time for Sunday's contest. Smythe should fill his usual role as Miami's No. 2 tight end.

November 15, 2020 11:55 AM EST

Durham Smythe: Questionable after full practice

Smythe (concussion) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Smythe's trending in the right direction, as he practiced fully Friday following limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday. It's unclear if Smythe has cleared the concussion protocol yet, but he'll have to do so in order to have any chance of playing Sunday. Adam Shaheen would see some extra snaps behind Mike Gesicki if Smythe can't go on game day.

November 13, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Listed as limited Wednesday

Smythe (concussion) is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins only hosted a walk-through Wednesday, so Smythe's 'limited' listing is just an estimation of what he would have done in a full practice. Nonetheless, it serves as an indication that the backup tight end is progressing through the concussion protocol.

November 11, 2020 3:14 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Won't return Sunday

Smythe (concussion) is ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Smythe has been confirmed to have sustained a concussion, so he'll now enter the league's five-step protocol for head injuries. He caught his only target for 19 yards before being forced out. Mike Gesicki and Adam Shaheen are the Dolphins' remaining healthy tight ends.

November 8, 2020 4:04 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Being evaluated for concussion

Smythe is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Cardinals and will be evaluated for a concussion.

Analysis: Smythe won't be eligible to return Sunday if he indeed enters the concussion protocol. The Dolphins are already operating without Preston Williams (knee), Myles Gaskin (knee) and Matt Breida (hamstring), so losing Smythe would further detract from an already undermanned skill-position group.

November 8, 2020 3:44 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Hauls in two passes

Smythe caught both his targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 28-17 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Both of Smythe's grabs went for eight yards, and he actually led Miami's tight end group in receiving on a day when Tua Tagovailoa threw for just 93 yards. Smythe also had more snaps than either Mike Gesicki or Adam Shaheen, though he mostly worked as a blocker.

November 2, 2020 6:02 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Scores first touchdown of career

Smythe secured one of two targets for a four-yard touchdown during Sunday's 24-0 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Smythe and fellow backup tight end Adam Shaheen (3-51-1) both got involved enough on offense to score Sunday, while Mike Gesicki was held without a catch on two targets. It's encouraging to see Smythe log a productive day after having missed Week 5 due to a knee injury, but he usually takes too large a percentage of his snaps as a blocker to warrant real fantasy consideration.

October 19, 2020 7:25 AM EST

Durham Smythe: All clear Sunday

Smythe (knee) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Smythe missed last week's win over the 49ers and only practiced in limited fashion through the week, so the fact that he's back playing is a positive sign. Now healthy, the Notre Dame product is expected to reprise his usual role as the No. 2 tight end option behind Mike Gesicki.

October 18, 2020 11:54 AM EST

Durham Smythe: Questionable to face Jets

Smythe (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: Smythe missed Week 5's contest against the 49ers, but he's now coming off three straight limited practice sessions. If he's able to gain clearance versus New York, Smythe stands to reprise his usual role as the top backup to Mike Gesicki.

October 16, 2020 11:10 AM EST

Durham Smythe: Out for Week 5

Smythe (knee) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49res, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smythe wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week, so his lack of availability doesn't come as much of a surprise. In his stead, Adam Shaheen will take over as Miami's main backup tight end behind Mike Gesicki.

October 9, 2020 11:04 AM EST

Durham Smythe: Misses practice with knee injury

Smythe (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Miami's backup tight end is coming off a solid two-catch, 30-yard performance against the Seahawks in Week 4, but he may have picked up a knee injury along the way in that one. It's also possible that this was just a routine day off, and Smythe's practice participation in the coming days should help us form a better idea of his status for Sunday's trip to San Francisco.

October 7, 2020 12:56 PM EST

Durham Smythe: Involved in loss

Smythe caught two of three targets for 30 yards during Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Smythe got some opportunities Sunday as Seattle's defensive coverage honed in on limiting Mike Gesicki (one catch on three targets). The tight end also fielded one five-yard kickoff return, an unusual role which the Dolphins occasionally deploy Smythe in. As usual, though, the majority of Smythe's 29 offensive snaps (41 percent) came as a blocker.

October 6, 2020 9:12 AM EST

Durham Smythe: Not targeted Week 1

Smythe was not targeted during Sunday's divisional loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Smythe, despite being listed as the starter on Miami's first unofficial depth chart of the year, only handled 13 offensive snaps (21 percent) compared to Mike Gesicki's 45 snaps (73 percent). Additionally, Gesicki accounted for all five of the targets that went to Miami's tight end position. Smythe could see more workload as a blocker as the season continues, particularly if Miami's ground game can get going, but his fantasy floor essentially remains nonexistent.

September 14, 2020 1:03 PM EST

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