Kaden Smith

Kaden Smith

Tight End #82
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 255 lb.
Born:April 24, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 6 (176)
Draft Team:SF

Kaden Smith: Could have a meaningful role

Smith filled in for an injured Evan Engram down the stretch and performed surprisingly well for a rookie with 30 catches and three touchdowns in the team's final six games.

Analysis: Engram should be healthy to start the year, but it's hard to ignore how reliable Smith was as a sixth-round rookie, and Engram has hardly been a paragon of health. Don't be surprised if Smith continues to carve out a role in his second year.

January 3, 2020 7:57 AM EST

Kaden Smith: Catches two TDs in OT win

Smith caught six of eight targets for 35 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 41-35 win over the Redskins.

Analysis: Smith averaged just 5.8 yards per catch, but he did significant damage with his touches. The rookie scored a nine-yard touchdown in the third quarter before winning the game with a three-yard score in overtime. Smith has come on in the latter stages of the season and is now averaging 38 receiving yards per game with two touchdowns over the last four. He'll look to finish strong next Sunday against the Eagles.

December 22, 2019 3:39 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Opportunity knocks

Smith is set to continue playing an expanded role in New York's tight end corps with Evan Engram (foot) on IR, Matt Lombardo of NJ.com reports.

Analysis: Smith has served as the Giants' top tight end for four straight contests with Engram and Rhett Ellison (concussion) both sidelined, hauling in 16 of 22 targets for 134 yards and one touchdown across that stretch. It remains to be seen whether Ellison, who was a full participant in Wednesday's practice but has yet to clear the concussion protocol, will retake the field against Washington on Sunday.

December 18, 2019 2:26 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Logs three catches

Smith hauled in all three of his targets for 38 yards during Sunday's 36-20 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Smith once again served as New York's top tight end with Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) both sidelined. As long as the Giants' top options are unable to go, Smith will continue to handle the bulk of pass catching work while Scott Simonson works in as a blocking specialist.

December 16, 2019 9:32 AM EST

Kaden Smith: Should stick as starter in Week 15

Smith is expected to start at tight end and handle a heavy snap count while Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) both remain sidelined for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Dan Benton of USA Today reports.

Analysis: For the second straight week, Engram expressed confidence in his ability to play, but the Giants ultimately weren't willing to give him to green light. With Engram and Ellison headed to the inactive list again Sunday, Smith is the next man up on the depth chart, while fourth-stringer Scott Simonson operates as a blocking specialist. Smith has played more than 90 percent of the Giants' offensive snaps in each of the past three weeks, delivering 13 receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown across 19 targets during that stretch.

December 13, 2019 10:16 AM EST

Kaden Smith: Nabs two passes

Smith caught two of five targets for nine yards during Monday's 23-17 loss to Philadelphia.

Analysis: Smith got the start again Monday with Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) both still on the shelf. Getting his first bit of game action with Eli Manning, Smith fell off from his warming pace as he had caught 11 passes in his two games entering Monday. Returning to that sort of production against Miami's so-so pass defense is probably a long shot. Fellow rookie Daniel Jones (ankle) remains uncertain to play while Engram figures to have a decent shot to return after surprising some by being held out of Monday's contest.

December 10, 2019 10:26 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Slated for another start

Smith will slot in as the starting tight end against the Eagles on Monday after Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) were both ruled out, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Smith benefited in garbage time against a porous Packers defense, tallying most of his 70 receiving yards with the Giants trailing by multiple scores last week. Still, it was a positive performance for the rookie tight end, who'll get an opportunity to take advantage of inconsistent Eagles secondary which just allowed Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki to post a 5-79-1 line last Sunday, although he may be limited by new starting quarterback Eli Manning, who will be taking over for the injured Daniel Jones (ankle).

December 7, 2019 9:59 AM EST

Kaden Smith: Gains 70 yards in loss

Smith caught six of eight passes for 70 yards during Sunday's 31-13 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Getting the start in place of the injured Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion), Smith tallied some impressive yardage, though almost have of it came on a 32-yard garbage-time shot down the field late in the fourth quarter. Combined with his touchdown against Chicago in Week 12, the rookie tight end has been a bright spot in what has been a rough season for the Giants. Even if he doesn't get the start Monday against a struggling Philly team, expect the Giants to try to find ways to keep Smith involved.

December 1, 2019 3:04 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Primed for another start

Smith is in line to start Sunday's game against the Packers, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.

Analysis: Smith caught five of six targets for 17 yards and a touchdown in last week's 19-14 loss to the Bears, playing 98 percent of snaps with both Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) inactive. Engram and Ellison have been ruled out for another game, likely leaving Smith in an every-down role for a second time in as many weeks. With Golden Tate (concussion) also unavailable, it won't come as any surprise if Smith matches his target total from Week 12. That said, the Sunday weather forecast for East Rutherford doesn't look especially promising for passing/receiving production, as the game could be impacted by a mixture of snow, rain and wind.

November 29, 2019 10:23 AM EST

Kaden Smith: First career TD

Smith hauled in five of six targets for 17 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Smith tied with Sterling Shepard for the team lead in receptions, and both receivers were used mainly on short passes, as Shepard totaled just 15 yards. The 22-yeard old tight end was fortunate enough to catch a three-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, though, marking the rookie's first score of his career. Smith's usage should last as long as Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) are out of the lineup.

November 25, 2019 8:00 AM EST

Kaden Smith: In starting lineup Sunday

Smith will enter the starting lineup for Evan Engram (foot) for Sunday's game in Chicago, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Sans Engram and Rhett Ellison (concussion) in Week 12, the Giants will be forced to roll with Smith and veteran Scott Simonson at tight end. A 2019 sixth-round pick of the 49ers, Smith received the first target of his career in the Giants' last game Nov. 10 versus the Jets, hauling it in for a one-yard grab. It remains to be seen what he can do with a larger snap share.

November 24, 2019 8:52 AM EST

Kaden Smith: Claimed by New York

The Giants claimed Smith off waivers Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Smith will provide New York with tight end depth behind Evan Engram. To make room for Smith on the 53-man roster the Giants waived Paul Perkins.

September 16, 2019 2:52 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Hits waivers

The 49ers waived Smith on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 49ers needed to make space on the active roster for RB Jeff Wilson since RB Tevin Coleman (ankle) won't play Sunday versus the Bengals. Smith was the casualty in this situation, but if the rookie sixth-round pick clears waivers he'll likely land on the practice squad.

September 14, 2019 1:57 PM EST

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