Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Wide Receiver #6
Team: New York Jets
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 192 lb.
College:Boston College
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

Jeff Smith: One catch in Miami

Smith caught one of four targets in Sunday's 24-0 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Smith started on the outside opposite the returning Breshad Perriman (ankle) but did little with the opportunity. Chris Hogan (ankle) and Denzel Mims (hamstrings) are on IR, but the latter could be nearing a return and will likely push Smith down to a depth role at that point.

October 19, 2020 6:51 AM EST

Jeff Smith: Does little with big volume

Smith caught only three of 11 targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: After a big showing last week, Smith led the Jets in targets in this one, but the second-year receiver did very little with his opportunities. His workload over the last two games (20 targets) is primarily a result of Breshad Perriman (ankle) being unavailable, so there's no guarantee Smith's burst of relevance will continue in Week 6 against the Chargers.

October 11, 2020 3:13 PM EST

Jeff Smith: Strong showing in season debut

Smith brought in seven of nine targets for 81 yards in the Jets' 37-28 loss to the Broncos on Thursday.

Analysis: The Boston College product had been activated off injured reserve earlier in the day, and he was put right to work with Breshad Perriman (ankle) out of action for Thursday's game. Smith, who recorded just one reception for 12 yards during his rookie 2019 campaign, ended up co-leading the team in receptions alongside Jamison Crowder, while his receiving yardage tally checked in second only behind his teammate. It remains to be seen if this performance will garner Smith a solid role in a Week 5 home battle against the Cardinals even if Perriman is back in uniform for that contest.

October 1, 2020 10:01 PM EST

Jeff Smith: Comes off IR

Smith (shoulder) has been activated off IR in advance of Thursday night's game against the Broncos, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Analysis: He'll bolster a Jets' wideout corps that will be without Breshad Perriman (ankle) and Denzel Mims (hamstring) this week. The team also has a couple of players who head into Thursday night banged up, in Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Chris Hogan (ribs). It remains to be seen how heavily Smith will be used in his return to action, but he has a chance to be involved in the offense right away, considering all the injuries the Jets are dealing with.

October 1, 2020 1:40 PM EST

Jeff Smith: Coming off IR soon

Coach Adam Gase said Smith (shoulder) should come off injured reserve soon, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: It sounds like Smith has a chance to play in Thursday's game versus the Broncos. The Jets pass catchers are still banged up, as Breshad Perriman (ankle) is already ruled out and Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Chris Hogan (ribs) still haven't logged full practices. If the latter two sit out, Smith could log a decent workload in Week 4.

September 29, 2020 12:21 PM EST

Jeff Smith: Shifts to IR

The Jets placed Smith (shoulder) on injured reserve Monday, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Smith received good news from an MRI in late August, but the Jets will give him additional time to recover, as the wideout isn't eligible to return until Week 4. The team's receiver corps is riddled with injuries, but at this time, Jamison Crowder (lower leg), Breshad Perriman (knee) and Denzel Mims (hamstring) are all projected to start in three-wide sets to begin the year.

September 7, 2020 9:55 AM EST

Jeff Smith: Expected to miss two weeks

Smith (shoulder) is expected to miss two weeks but could be back even sooner after receiving encouraging MRI results on the injury he suffered Saturday, Rich Cimini of ESPN NFL Nation reports.

Analysis: It sounds like Smith should be back just in time for the Sept. 13 season opener. With New York's already thin receiving corps also battling the injury bug, Smith could play a bigger role than expected if he's healthy for the opener. On the other hand, he's not even a lock to make the roster at the moment.

August 29, 2020 5:54 PM EST

Jeff Smith: Suffers shoulder injury

Smith left Saturday's practice with a shoulder injury, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smith is largely unknown after going undrafted in 2019 out of Boston College, where he played quarterback, but he's among the Jets' most explosive athletes (4.36 40, 127-inch broad jump) and could emerge at some point if his wide receiver skill set develops. An absence of any duration would make it more difficult for Smith to do that, unfortunately. As a practice squad call-up in Week 15 of 2019, Smith caught one of two targets for 14 yards on 14 snaps against Baltimore before suffering a season-ending high ankle sprain.

August 29, 2020 8:14 AM EST

Jeff Smith: Placed on injured reserve

Smith (ankle) was added to injured reserve Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: A high-ankle sprain is usually a multi-week injury, and Smith had already been declared out for the year. It's very unfortunate timing for the undrafted rookie as he had just been promoted from the practice squad and was making his NFL debut when he got hurt.

December 17, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Jeff Smith: Out for season

Smith was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain Friday and is out for the season, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Smith sustained the injury during Thursday's loss to the Ravens, which was his first action of the season. The 22-year-old spent most of the season on the team's practice squad before being promoted to the active roster earlier this week.

December 13, 2019 11:19 AM EST

Jeff Smith: Injures ankle Thursday

According to head coach Adam Gase, Smith suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's 42-21 loss to the Ravens and will be evaluated Friday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smith was promoted to the Jets' active roster earlier this week and secured one-of-two targets for 12 yards in Thursday's contest. He could have had a much bigger night if not for a missed connection on a Sam Darnold deep ball in the second quarter, during which Smith appeared to slow down on his route and was subsequently overthrown. The severity of the receiver's injury will likely be known in the near future, and he will have a full 10 days to recover before the Jets take on the Steelers in Week 15.

December 12, 2019 9:50 PM EST

Jeff Smith: Promotion official

The Jets officially promoted Smith to their 53-man roster Monday. Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: There was speculation that the Boston College product would be joining the roster earlier Monday, and that notion was made official. Smith brings depth to the offense as well as special-teams upside for the Jets.

December 9, 2019 3:49 PM EST

Jeff Smith: Expected to join 53-man roster

The Jets are expected to promote Smith to the active roster ahead of Thursday's tilt against the Ravens, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smith offers versatility and special-teams upside for the Jets, having been utilized as both a receiver and rusher during his time at Boston College. It looks as though the undrafted rookie will get a shot to make his NFL debut versus Baltimore on Thursday.

December 9, 2019 11:33 AM EST

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