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: Minor role

Smith caught only 18 passes in 15 games last season.

Analysis: He was stuck behind Evan Engram who stayed healthy for the first time in his career. Engram, despite his many disastrous gaffes, is still under contract for 2021, so Smith is likely looking at a backup role again.

January 11, 2021 11:03 AM EST

Kaden Smith: Untargeted against Ravens

Smith did not receive a target during Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Smith has dealt with an illness and a knee issue over the past month, but he remains with only one game absence on the season. Though the tight end has inherited a workload of 30 offensive snaps per contest in 2020, that hasn't translated to significant production in the passing game. Smith's most notable fantasy outing of the year arrived via a three-catch, 15-yard performance Week 6 against Washington.

December 29, 2020 6:34 PM EST

Kaden Smith: In Week 15 lineup

Smith (knee) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Browns, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: A knee issue held the Stanford product to limited participation in practice Thursday and Friday, and he carried a questionable designation heading into the weekend. Now confirmed active for his 13 appearance of 2020, Smith has a chance to build on a stat line of 16 receptions and 96 yards. Position mate Evan Engram has enjoyed the bulk of the passing-game work with 50 catches for 526 yards and one receiving TD.

December 20, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Questionable for Sunday night

Smith (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Browns, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith recently spent time on the COVID-19 list, but it's a knee injury that's threatening his availability for Week 15. With top tight end Evan Engram (calf) also listed as questionable, Smith's presence as a depth option would be even more valuable than usual for the Giants.

December 18, 2020 12:01 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Returns to active roster

The Giants activated Smith (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Dan Salomone of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Smith tested positive for the virus Nov. 20 but has cleared the necessary protocols to return to team activities. The second-year tight end will return to the lineup without missing a game, set to serve as the No. 2 option behind Evan Engram against the Seahawks on Sunday.

December 1, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Kaden Smith: May return Week 13

Smith (illness) likely will be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list before this Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.

Analysis: Smith tested positive for the virus Nov. 20, so he's eligible to come off the reserve list Monday. As long as he clears the league's COVID-19 protocols, he's expected to return to team activities Wednesday. Smith has posted 14 receptions for 87 yards over 10 games this season while averaging 31.0 snaps per contest.

November 30, 2020 1:51 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Won't play Week 12

Smith (illness) will not be available against the Bengals on Sunday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Smith tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 20, and it looks like he won't be eligible to return for the Giants until Week 13 at the earliest. That leaves Evan Engram and Levine Toilolo as New York's only available tight ends, though any of Nate Wieting, Rysen John or Nakia Griffin-Stewart could come off the practice squad.

November 25, 2020 7:04 AM EST

Kaden Smith: Lands on COVID list

Smith (illness) will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list following a positive test, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Smith's placement on the COVID-19 list amid New York's bye sheds doubt on his availability for Week 12 against Cincinnati. Levine Toilolo will serve as the top backup to Evan Engram if Smith is indeed forced to miss any time.

November 20, 2020 8:15 AM EST

Kaden Smith: Two catches in win over Eagles

Smith corralled both of his targets for 12 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-17 win against Philadelphia.

Analysis: The 2019 sixth-round draft choice had been forced to exit last Sunday's matchup against Washington because of a concussion, though he was able to return to full practice participation by Thursday. Smith has appeared in all 10 games for the Giants this season, totaling 14 receptions for 87 yards with no touchdowns. New York heads into its Week 11 bye before returning to action Nov. 29 to face a Bengals defense that has surrendered the third-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends on the year (583).

November 16, 2020 3:03 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Cleared for Week 10

Smith (concussion) isn't listed on the injury report heading into Sunday's game against Philadelphia, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith has been cleared for action following back-to-back full practices Thursday and Friday. The Eagles have struggled to defend tight ends this season, but Smith's unlikely to get many opportunities to capitalize on this favorable matchup as the backup to Evan Engram.

November 13, 2020 11:43 AM EST

Kaden Smith: Trending in right direction

Smith (concussion) was a full participant during Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Smith was diagnosed with a concussion following Sunday's game against Washington, but, it's unclear if Smith was officially cleared from the league's concussion protocol. If the tight end is able to gain clearance in time for Sunday's game against the Eagles, he'll assume his usual back up role behind starter Evan Engram.

November 12, 2020 3:05 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Forced to exit with head injury

Smith (concussion) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's matchup against Washington, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith has been a constant presence in the Giants' lineup through the first half of 2020, appearing in all eight of New York's games while also logging seven starts. He's undergoing evaluation from the team's training staff and will now have to clear the league's concussion protocol before being eligible to return in a future contest. With Smith out, Levine Toilolo heads into the practice week as New York's No. 2 option at tight end behind Evan Engram.

November 8, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Kaden Smith: No catches in TNF loss

Smith was not targeted on any of his 36 offensive snaps during Thursday's 22-21 loss to Philadelphia.

Analysis: Smith's snap total was his highest of 2020 thus far, though his passing game involvement remains minimal. The second-year tight end has run a route on 79.3 percent of his passing-down plays, but he has just 10 total catches for 61 yards with no touchdowns. New York ranks 30th with 0.7 passing TDs per game this season, capping Smith's fantasy upside heading into a Week 8 Monday night matchup against Tampa Bay.

October 27, 2020 6:38 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Reels in three passes

Smith caught all three targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over Washington.

Analysis: Smith's numbers don't jump off the page, but the second-year tight end continues to enjoy consistent playing time, as he logged 23 of 48 offensive snaps (48 percent) and tied Evan Engram in targets Week 6. The Stanford product posted a 30-267-3 line with Engram out over the final six games in 2019, but as long as Engram's manning the top spot on the depth chart, Smith's fantasy value will remain negligible.

October 19, 2020 10:55 AM EST

Kaden Smith: Another one-catch showing Week 5

Smith caught his lone target for a seven-yard gain during Sunday's 37-34 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: With Evan Engram back in the fold after missing eight games last season because of knee and foot injuries, the 23-year-old tight end from Stanford has posted seven total receptions over the first five appearances of his sophomore campaign. Smith has four starts to his name, also playing at least 30 percent of the offensive snaps in every game this season, but he hasn't been heavily involved for the Giants' 31st-ranked scoring offense.

October 13, 2020 9:29 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Catches lone Week 4 target

Smith caught his only target for a 10-yard gain during Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Smith has seen an average of 25 offensive snaps and two targets per game through the first quarter of the Giants' regular-season slate, but he is yet to register more than 17 receiving yards in a contest and remains without a touchdown on the year. He's the No. 2 pass-catching tight end in an offense that has only mustered 47 points all season, and a measly 18 points the past two weeks. New York Week 5 opponent, Dallas, has struggled to stop anybody this season, including tight ends. The Cowboys rank among the NFL's 10 worst teams in both receptions (26) and receiving yards (257) allowed to the position.

October 6, 2020 6:13 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Minimal involvement Week 2

Smith caught two of three targets for a net loss of one yard during Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: After corralling both of his targets in the season opener for a total of 17 receiving yards, Smith served as little more than a bail-out option for his sophomore signal-caller Daniel Jones. At his peak, Smith racked up 250 yards and two touchdowns between Weeks 12 and 17 last year, but with Evan Engram now back in the fold after missing the latter half of 2019 due to a foot injury, the 23-year-old Smith has attracted a mere five targets in two games. Smith and the Giants will see a 49ers defense Week 3 that is without the services of Nick Bosa (knee-ACL), Richard Sherman (calf), and Solomon Thomas (knee-ACL), though as a whole San Francisco has conceded the second-fewest tight end receptions in the NFL to this point.

September 22, 2020 8:08 PM EST

Kaden Smith: Two catches in Week 1 loss

Smith hauled in both of his targets for 17 receiving yards during Monday's 26-16 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: The second-year tight end out of Stanford actually enjoyed more fantasy production in the opener than did Evan Engram, who only came down with two of seven targets for nine yards. Engram is expected to be featured as the clear No. 1 receiving tight end throughout 2020, but Smith has produced himself when granted the opportunity. Across seven career starts, his most recent of which came Monday night against Pittsburgh, Smith has averaged 4.6 catches and 40.6 receiving yards per game. Week 2 presents a matchup against a Bears defense that surrendered five catches, 56 yards and a touchdown to Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson on Sunday.

September 15, 2020 7:48 PM EST

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

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