Jeff Smith

New York Jets
Wide Receiver #6
New York Jets
Wide Receiver #6

Jeff Smith News

Placed on IR

Smith (knee) was put on injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Smith had his best game of the season Week 15 against Detroit, hauling in four passes on five targets for 77 yards. However, he apparently injured his knee in that contest and sat out last week's loss to Jacksonville. With his subsequent placement on IR, Smith won't be able to return this season unless the Jets make the playoffs and advance to the AFC Championship Game.

Dec 31, 2022 3:35 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 17

Smith (knee) was ruled out for Week 17 on Friday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smith will miss a second game in a row Sunday as he continues to nurse the knee injury he sustained in Week 15 versus the Lions. The wide receiver was able to take advantage of the absence of Corey Davis in that contest, producing four catches for 77 yards in the loss. With Davis now back on the field, Smith will likely have a miniscule roll when he's able to return.

Dec 30, 2022 7:55 AM EST

Not practicing to begin Week 17

Smith (knee) isn't participating in Wednesday's practice, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Even with the benefit of a longer turnaround for Week 17 after the Jets played the Jaguars last Thursday, Smith hasn't moved past the knee injury that sidelined him for the 19-3 loss to Jacksonville. Prior to sitting out against the Jaguars, Smith posted season highs in catches (four) and receiving yards (77) in a Week 15 loss to the Lions, but that production came with Corey Davis sitting out with a concussion and with Denzel Mims suffering a brain injury of his own during the contest. Davis was cleared to play Week 16 and Mims is in the final stage of the concussion protocol as of Wednesday, so with both wideouts likely to be available Sunday in Seattle, Smith may find it difficult to recapture a role on offense if he suits up this weekend.

Dec 28, 2022 7:46 AM EST

Won't play Thursday

Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Jaguars, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: The same applies to Denzel Mims (concussion), which sets the stage for Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios to lead the Jets' Week 16 wide receiver corps. Smith's next chance to suit up for a game will arrive Jan. 1 against the Seahawks.

Dec 21, 2022 2:08 PM EST

Idle for another practice

Smith (knee) was a non-participant in Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: Coming off his most productive game of the season -- a four-catch, 77-yard effort in a Week 15 loss to the Lions -- Smith may not be able to build on the outing while he contends with the knee injury. He's now been listed as a non-participant on the Jets' first two Week 16 injury reports, which has him trending in the wrong direction as Thursday's game against the Jaguars approaches. Smith will likely need to practice on at least a limited basis Wednesday to have a shot at suiting up versus Jacksonville.

Dec 20, 2022 1:33 PM EST

Misses practice with knee injury

Smith (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Fellow wide receiver Denzel Mims (concussion) also sat out, while Corey Davis (concussion) was listed as a limited participant. Smith racked up a season-high 77 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions but could be in danger of missing Thursday's game against the Jaguars.

Dec 19, 2022 6:32 PM EST

Plays more due to Jets WR injuries

Smith caught four of five targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Smith got an extended opportunity in this one as Corey Davis (concussion) was inactive and Denzel Mims suffered a concussion of his own in the first quarter. The fourth-year Jet out of Boston College made the most of his chances in the two-minute drill to end the first half, securing catches of 50 and 15 yards on consecutive plays. If neither Davis nor Mims is cleared to play Thursday against the Jaguars, Smith could be thrust into an expanded role on offense again.

Dec 18, 2022 2:16 PM EST

Healthy scratch again

Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills, Connor Hughes of reports.

Analysis: Smith is a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game. He'll likely continue to remain sixth on the depth chart at receiver while all of Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Braxton Berrios and Denzel Mims are available.

Dec 11, 2022 9:53 AM EST

Another one-target outing

Smith caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Smith has yet to see multiple targets in a game this season. He'll continue to provide wide receiver depth and contribute on special teams when the 6-3 Jets return to action following their Week 10 bye.

Nov 7, 2022 7:49 AM EST

One catch against Pats

Smith caught his only target for 23 yards in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Corey Davis' (knee) absence didn't lead to a noticeable uptick in volume for Smith. The last multi-catch game for Smith came back in Week 9 of last season.

Oct 30, 2022 3:28 PM EST

One target with Moore out

Smith didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 16-9 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Elijah Moore's (personal) absence didn't create more opportunities for Smith. The 25-year-old wide receiver has caught two of four targets through seven games in 2022.

Oct 24, 2022 7:58 AM EST

Makes second catch of 2022

Smith caught his only target for 11 yards in Sunday's 40-17 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Smith made his second catch of the season. He plays sparingly as the No. 5 wide receiver for the Jets.

Oct 9, 2022 4:21 PM EST

Targeted once in Week 4

Smith didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 24-20 win over Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Smith saw his second target of the season but failed to reel it in. He'll continue to contribute primarily on special teams with four players ahead of him on the wide receiver depth chart.

Oct 2, 2022 4:43 PM EST

One catch in Week 2

Smith caught his only target for 17 yards in Sunday's 31-30 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Smith's role is limited primarily to special teams. Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore and Corey Davis should continue to see the bulk of playing time at wide receiver when healthy, and Braxton Berrios is next in line to fill in should one of the top three options go down.

Sep 19, 2022 9:58 AM EST

Finds end zone in preseason finale

Smith caught all three of his targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-27 preseason win over the Giants.

Analysis: Smith's known more for his work on special teams, but he showed he can chip in on offense by scoring from 19 yards out in the final minute of the first half. The 25-year-old wide receiver is a safe bet to make the team in a depth role.

Aug 29, 2022 7:51 AM EST

Signs new contract

Smith signed a one-year contract with the Jets on Monday, Howard Balzer of reports.

Analysis: Smith appeared in 12 games for the Jets this season, recording 8 catches on 17 targets for a 113 yards. It was a step backwards statistically from 2020 for the third-year pro, although he did see an increased role on special teams as a gunner on kickoffs and punts.

Apr 18, 2022 5:16 PM EST

Mostly special teams role in 2021

Smith caught eight of 17 targets for 113 yards in 2021.

Analysis: Smith appeared in 12 games with the Jets and featured regularly on special teams but rarely saw the field on offense. He'll be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, which means the Jets have the option to bring Smith back at the league minimum salary, and New York may opt to do so based on Smith's special teams contributions as the gunner on kickoffs and punts.

Jan 14, 2022 12:15 PM EST

One catch in Week 17 loss

Smith caught one of four targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 28-24 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Smith tied a season high with four targets but didn't make much of his opportunities. He could see an increased role once again in Week 18 against the Bills given the Jets' dearth of healthy pass-catchers, but Smith's unlikely to make a significant impact on the stat sheet.

Jan 2, 2022 7:51 PM EST

Targeted once in return

Smith (undisclosed) didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 26-21 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Smith returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list following a two-week absence, but he remains an afterthought in the low-octane Jets passing attack. While he's a valuable contributor on special teams, Smith rarely sees the field on offense.

Dec 26, 2021 4:36 PM EST

Returns to active roster

Smith (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Smith has been in the health and safety protocols the past two weeks but has now been reinstated to the active roster. The 24-year-old has seen most of his action on special teams this season and should return to that role now that he's healthy.

Dec 24, 2021 9:11 AM EST

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