Jeff Smith

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

Jeff Smith News

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


Lands on reserve/COVID-19 list

Smith was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: It's unclear whether Smith tested positive or was a close contact, but the overwhelming likelihood is that he will now be out Sunday against the Saints. His likely absence will leave the Jets very thin at wide receiver, as they are already without Corey Davis (groin), and Elijah Moore (quadriceps) is questionable after having failed to practice all week.

Dec 10, 2021 6:22 PM EST



Best game of season Thursday

Smith caught three of four targets for 40 yards in Thursday's 45-30 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Smith caught multiple passes in a game for the first time since Week 8 of last season. His uptick in production here can likely be attributed to third-string quarterback Josh Johnson being pressed into duty after Mike White injured his forearm in the first quarter. Johnson's reps in practice have come predominantly with receivers buried deep down the depth chart, so he and Smith have been able to build a rapport.

Nov 5, 2021 8:16 AM EST


One catch in Week 8

Smith caught his lone target for 10 yards and rushed once for minus-1 yard in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Smith was a healthy scratch in Week 7 but returned to the game-day roster with Corey Davis (hip) unavailable. When he plays, Smith's role is limited primarily to special teams.

Nov 1, 2021 11:40 AM EST


Inactive Sunday

Smith will be a healthy scratch for the Jets Sunday against the Patriots.

Analysis: Smith missed Week 4 and 5 with a concussion then returned to practice on Oct. 20 after the Jets bye week. Despite being cleared to play, the Jets will look elsewhere for offense against New England. Although active Weeks 1 through 3, Smith logged limited snaps to the tune of four targets, two receptions and 48 yards. Smith will hope to crack the game day roster in Week 8 against the Bengals.

Oct 24, 2021 9:02 AM EST


Back from concussion

Smith (concussion) returned to a full practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Smith has been in concussion protocol since Week 4, and he's missed two games a result. However, he apparently made enough progress during the team's bye week to pass the required medical steps. In three games, Smith has recorded two receptions for 48 yards on the season.

Oct 20, 2021 6:15 PM EST


Ruled out against Falcons

Smith (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Falcons, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Smith will miss his second consecutive game due to a concussion, which he originally suffered in a car accident on the way to the Jets' practice facility. Prior to the injury, Smith had recorded two receptions on four targets for 48 yards across three contests.

Oct 7, 2021 7:30 PM EST


Remains in concussion protocol

Coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday that Smith remains in the concussion protocol, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Smith was held out of the Jets' Week 4 win over the Titans due to a concussion, and his status is still in question ahead of Sunday's matchup against Atlanta. Even if the 24-year-old is cleared to return in Week 5, he's unlikely to play a significant role.

Oct 6, 2021 9:46 AM EST


Won't play Week 4

Coach Robert Saleh said Friday that Smith (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Titans, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Smith suffered the concussion after being involved in a car accident on the way to the Jets' practice facility Wednesday. The 24-year-old has played mostly a reserve role for New York this year, catching two of his four targets for 48 yards. Fellow wideout Elijah Moore (concussion) has also been ruled out, so Denzel Mims is expected to be active Sunday after being a healthy scratch the past two games.

Oct 1, 2021 8:33 AM EST


Unlikely to play Sunday

Smith (concussion) missed practice Wednesday and is considered unlikely for Sunday, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Smith was unable to practice after getting into a car accident on his way to the Jets' practice Wednesday. The receiver has recorded two catches in the last two games and his absence likely won't be felt. Expect Denzel Mims to see a larger role against the Titans if Smith is ruled out.

Sep 29, 2021 5:00 PM EST


Another one-catch game

Smith caught his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 26-0 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Smith has just two receptions through three games, with most of his playing time coming on special teams; he played only six offensive snaps in this one. Fellow wide receiver Elijah Moore (concussion) left this game early, but Denzel Mims (coach's decision) is more likely than Smith to play a prominent role against the Titans in Week 4 should Moore have to sit that one out.

Sep 27, 2021 6:37 AM EST


Two targets in Week 2

Smith caught one of two targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 25-6 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Smith delivered a big gain on his lone catch but remains an afterthought in the Jets' offense, though he seems to have leapfrogged Denzel Mims (coach's decision) for the sixth spot on the Jets' wide receiver depth chart. Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson was picked off four times without a touchdown in this one, so the Jets' top pass-catchers are hard to trust right now, let alone depth guys like Smith.

Sep 19, 2021 5:52 PM EST


Minimal role in Week 1

Smith failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Smith barely saw any involvement, even with Jamison Crowder (illness) and Keelan Cole (knee) both sitting out. He's unlikely to take on a larger role in Week 2 against the Patriots or beyond, barring even more injuries to New York's receiving corps.

Sep 12, 2021 6:23 PM EST


Shows versatility against Eagles

Smith caught two of five targets for 16 yards and added 44 yards on three rushing attempts in Friday's preseason finale against Philadelphia.

Analysis: Smith excelled on the ground in this one, but he hasn't previously shown outstanding aptitude as a gadget guy, and his receiving output here was nothing to write home about. He'll likely find himself on the outside looking in when the Jets cut their roster down to 53 players.

Aug 28, 2021 10:44 AM EST


Inks tender with Jets

Smith (shoulder) signed his ERFA tender with the Jets on Monday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Smith played a fairly consistent role in New York's offense early last season, but he saw his role completely dwindle down the stretch as the rest of the team's receiving corps got healthier. A shoulder injury also knocked him out early Week 17. He'll spend the offseason competing for a depth spot on the final roster.

Apr 19, 2021 3:47 PM EST


Done for the day

Smith (shoulder) will not return to Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Smith wasn't targeted before leaving Sunday's regular-season finale with a shoulder injury. Through 11 appearances in 2020, Smith secured 17 of 37 targets for 167 yards. He also played 30 snaps on special teams.

Jan 3, 2021 12:37 PM EST


Active for Week 17

Smith (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game versus the Patriots.

Analysis: Smith enjoyed a consistent role earlier in the season, but he didn't play an offensive snap over the last two weeks. A similar role can be expected in Week 17, as Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims and Braxton Berrios are all healthy.

Jan 3, 2021 8:40 AM EST


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