Kaden Smith

San Francisco 49ers
Tight End #82
San Francisco 49ers
Tight End #82

Kaden Smith News

Waived after failed physical

The Giants waived Smith (knee) on Friday with a failed physical designation, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Smith played in just nine games during 2021 before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury for the rest of the campaign. As a rookie in 2019, he caught 31 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns across nine games, but he's registered just 21 receptions for 135 yards and zero touchdowns over the past two seasons. In a corresponding move, the Giants re-signed David Sills, who was an impending exclusive rights free agent.

Mar 13, 2022 7:34 AM EST


Moves to injured reserve

Smith (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Smith was already ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins, and he'll now be sidelined for at least two additional games. Chris Myarick should operate as New York's No. 3 tight end behind Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph.

Dec 3, 2021 12:53 PM EST



Out for Week 13

Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Dolphins, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Smith wasn't able to practice this week and hasn't seen game action since Week 9, so his status comes as no surprise. With fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) questionable, Chris Myarick may see an increased role against the Dolphins on Sunday.

Dec 3, 2021 11:33 AM EST


Still not practicing Thursday

Smith (knee) remained sidelined at practice Thursday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smith hasn't seen game action since Week 9. Given his recent inactivity, Smith's likely to remain sidelined Sunday in Miami, though a more definitive update on his status should arrive when the Giants publish their injury report Friday.

Dec 2, 2021 9:52 AM EST


Sits out practice

Smith (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith's knee has been a chronic issue throughout the season, but has deteriorated to the point that he hasn't suited up since Week 9 against the Raiders. Smith will try to return Sunday against the Dolphins, but if he can't, Chris Myarick will see a boost to his workload, especially if Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is also unable to play.

Dec 1, 2021 1:03 PM EST



Ruled out for Sunday

Smith (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith is set to miss his second game in a row with the issue. Chris Myarick is once again likely to fill in.

Nov 26, 2021 2:10 PM EST


Won't play Monday

Smith (knee) is inactive Monday against the Buccaneers, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith was able to log limited practices Friday and Saturday, but his knee will keep him on the sidelines Monday. The 24-year-old has played a limited role in the offense and hasn't seen a target since Week 3. With Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph seeing the vast majority of the work, Chris Myarick will likely see the snaps Smith will miss out on.

Nov 22, 2021 4:23 PM EST


Questionable against Tampa Bay

Smith (knee) is questionable for Monday's game against the Buccaneers, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith was a limited participant at practice Friday and Saturday and will carry an injury designation ahead of Monday night's game. Even if he's able to suit up, he's unlikely to have a significant role in the Giants' offense.

Nov 20, 2021 3:44 PM EST


Practices in limited capacity

Smith (knee) was limited during Friday's practice, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: After not practicing Thursday, Smith was able to return in a limited fashion Friday. However, he will likely have to log a full practice Saturday, if he wants to avoid a game-time decision tag heading into Monday's clash with Tampa Bay.

Nov 19, 2021 1:11 PM EST


Still sidelined by knee injury

Smith (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Smith exited New York's Week 9 win over the Raiders, and he apparently isn't ready to resume practicing, even after the Giants' Week 10 bye. The third-string tight end will have an extra day to get healthy, as the Giants don't play until Monday, but even that may not be enough if he doesn't return to practice soon.

Nov 18, 2021 10:30 AM EST


Misses practice Tuesday

Smith (knee) missed practice Tuesday due to a chronic knee injury, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smith left Sunday's game against the Raiders early and did not return after being evaluated for a concussion. However, it turns out he did not have a concussion, but he is still dealing with a knee injury. Smith will try to return to the practice field Wednesday.

Nov 9, 2021 11:57 AM EST


Will not return Sunday

Smith (head) will not return to Sunday's contest against the Raiders, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith is still being evaluated for a concussion, but his injury appears to be serious enough to rule him out for the remainder of Sunday's contest. Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph will be the Giants only active tight ends for the remainder of the game.

Nov 7, 2021 11:46 AM EST


Being evaluated for a concussion

Smith is being evaluated for a concussion and is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Raiders, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith left the Giants' Week 9 matchup with the Raiders in the first half with a head injury. If he is unable to return then, then Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph will be the only active tight ends for New York for the remainder of Sunday's contest.

Nov 7, 2021 11:17 AM EST


Expects to play Sunday

Smith (knee) was limited in practice Friday but expects to play Sunday against the Raiders, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Smith has been dealing with an aggravated knee injury since before Week 7. While the tight end was limited in practice Thursday and Friday, the 24-year-old is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders. With Kyle Rudolph and Evan Engram both healthy and above Smith on the depth chart, it's likely that Smith will fill a depth role at tight end.

Nov 5, 2021 12:35 PM EST


Limited Thursday

Smith (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith played through a knee injury in Monday's loss to Kansas City and has been limited in each of the two practice sessions ahead of Week 9. If he hopes to avoid the injury report, he'll likely need to practice fully Friday.

Nov 4, 2021 1:25 PM EST


No catches Monday

Smith (knee) saw zero targets during Monday's 20-17 loss against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Smith was active in Monday's game against the Chiefs despite missing practice Saturday with a knee injury, but failed to see any targets. The 24-year-old tight end played 18 offensive snaps (30 percent) while Kyle Rudolph and Evan Engram took over a greater share of the workload. Although Smith figures to remain as the team's No. 3 tight end, the Giants have been heavily rumored to trade Engram during Tuesday's trade deadline which could afford Smith more playing time. If nothing else, a banged-up Giants wideout group might force Smith to at least play a handful more snaps, even just as a blocker.

Nov 2, 2021 10:09 AM EST


Available Monday

Smith (knee) is active for Monday's game against Kansas City, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith received the questionable tag after sitting out Saturday's practice, but he apparently improved enough over the last two days to suit up Monday. He should serve as New York's No. 3 tight end behind Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph.

Nov 1, 2021 4:14 PM EST


Doesn't practice Saturday

Smith (knee) is questionable for Monday's game against Kansas City, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Smith put in limited practices Thursday and Friday before sitting out Saturday. He hasn't had much of a role in the passing game to this point, seeing just three targets all season and none since Week 3.

Oct 30, 2021 11:36 AM EST


Limited at practice Thursday

Smith (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice session.

Analysis: Smith played through a knee injury in Sunday's win over Carolina, but he's still dealing with the injury ahead of Monday's Week 8 matchup against Kansas City. Even if he's able to suit up against the Chiefs, he's unlikely to have a significant role in the passing game.

Oct 28, 2021 3:07 PM EST


Clears injury report Friday

Smith (knee) has cleared the injury report ahead of Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: As expected, Smith will once again play through the knee injury that he has dealt with all season. The 24-year-old is firmly supplanted behind Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph on the depth chart and has played a minimal role for the Giants offense this year, catching three passes for 33 yards across six games.

Oct 22, 2021 11:01 AM EST


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