Smith, who went without a rush attempt or a target during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers, concluded the 2020 season with 11 receptions (on 15 targets) for 59 yards and four carries for seven yards.
Analysis: The 28-year-old ranked fifth in the NFL in total snaps among fullbacks, setting a career high with his 15 offensive touches during the 2020 campaign. Smith has been one of the more heavily utilized players at the position during his time with Atlanta over the past two seasons, but it remains to be seen what his role will be playing for a new head coach next season. He's under contract with the Falcons for two more seasons at an average cap hit of $1.5 million per year. However, Atlanta has the option to part ways with the fullback this offseason if willing to absorb a $733,000 dead cap hit.
Jan 6, 2021 3:41 PM EST
Smith reeled in all three of his targets for 32 yards during Sunday's 31-27 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Smith more than doubled his previous single-game career high in receiving (14), as he got his afternoon started with two catches in a three-play sequence during a Falcons touchdown drive in the second quarter. The San Jose State product has garnered five targets over the past two weeks after attracting a total of five in eight appearances between Weeks 4 and 13.
Dec 21, 2020 7:41 AM EST
Smith (knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice session, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: The 28-year-old has thus far been able to avoid injury this season, suiting up for all 11 of the Falcons' games while accumulating 19 scrimmage yards on eight touches. Given that Smith plays fullback, his offensive workload of 13.8 snaps per game is considerable, but he makes most of his hay on special teams. He's garnered more than half of the snaps in that department in every game but one this season, collecting a total of six tackles.
Dec 2, 2020 9:20 PM EST
Smith caught his lone target for a four-yard gain in Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Smith has now caught five of six targets this year, none of which went for more than four yards. The 28-year-old fullback's main contributions are on special teams, where he is tied for third on the team with five tackles.
Nov 24, 2020 3:55 PM EST
Smith announced that he has been cleared to enter team facilities after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list July 29, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: The veteran fullback is one of seven Falcons to have so far landed on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list, but now he rejoins the Falcons' backfield in Flowery Branch as the team sits one month out from kicking off against Seattle. Smith certainly wasn't a down-in, down-out kind of player during his debut campaign in Atlanta last year, but he was more heavily utilized than the vast majority of modern fullbacks. He ranked sixth in the NFL in offensive snap percentage among fullbacks during 2019 (16.6 percent), and Smith enters 2020 as a key fixture towards Atlanta's directive of improving the ground attack.
Aug 13, 2020 4:24 PM EST
Smith was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Atlanta will be without the services of its top fullback for the early stages of the abbreviated offseason program, after Smith joined teammates Jamal Carter and Jaylinn Hawkins on the inactive/COVID list. Smith was reportedly asymptomatic, emphasizing the importance of the league's mandated "two negative test" policy, which ensures that players show to be clear of COVID-19 on two separate occasions before being allowed into team facilities. The 28-year-old fullback will be delayed in acclimating to in-person activities this summer, but Atlanta averts potential disaster by catching the issue up front and preventing spread to the locker room.
Jul 29, 2020 3:34 PM EST
Smith and the Falcons agreed to terms on a three-year extension Saturday.
Analysis: Smith is one of the few fullbacks remaining in the NFL, but he doesn't have to worry about finding a home through the 2022 campaign. The veteran doesn't contribute much in the box score, but he will pave the way for Devonta Freeman and the rest of Atlanta's backs.
Mar 14, 2020 1:37 PM EST
Smith ran for eight yards on five carries and registered a 13-yard reception during his debut season with Atlanta.
Analysis: The former Cowboy and Raider was not granted a single goal-line carry during 2019, but he did account for five yards on his two red-zone rush attempts. Smith was one of the more highly utilized full backs in the NFL this season, ranking sixth at the position with 198 offensive snaps. Among qualified players Smith also placed as Pro Football Focus' eighth-best run-blocking FB, a surprisingly high mark given that Atlanta finished 30th in rush offense as a team. His one-year contract expires at the end of the league year, leaving the Falcons with a decision to make on the 27-year-old Smith.
Jan 5, 2020 1:29 PM EST
Smith signed a one-year deal with the Falcons on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Smith was surprisingly let go by the Raiders over the weekend but didn't take long to find a new team. The 27-year-old had only one carry and five receptions in 16 games last season serving as a blocking fullback.
Sep 2, 2019 12:06 PM EST
Smith (knee) practiced Tuesday and was removed from the Raiders' non-football injury list, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Smith is coming off a torn meniscus, and appears to be nearing a return to full health. The veteran fullback projects to play a key blocking role in Oakland's offense and contribute on special teams.
Aug 13, 2019 10:17 AM EST
Smith (knee) was placed on the Raiders' Non-Football Injury list Friday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith underwent surgery on his meniscus Wednesday after suffering an injury during a private workout. The 27-year-old is expected to be sidelined for multiple weeks and it's uncertain if he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.
Jul 26, 2019 4:21 PM EST
Smith (knee) underwent successful surgery on his meniscus Wednesday, Jimmy Durkin of the East Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Smith is expected to remain sidelined for multiple weeks, but there doesn't seem to be much concern that he'll miss out on any regular-season action. The fullback plays a key role in Oakland's offense as a blocker and special-teams contributor.
Jul 25, 2019 11:59 AM EST
Smith suffered a knee injury Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Smith is reportedly expected to miss multiple weeks, so the Raiders could opt to sign another fullback to take blocking reps in training camp as long as he remains sidelined. In 2018 Smith played 291 snaps on special teams and 163 snaps on offense, but recorded only one carry.
Jul 25, 2019 8:35 AM EST
Smith hauled in his lone target for a one-yard gain Monday in the Raiders' 27-14 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: It was the fullback's first touch since Week 8, underscoring the lack of fantasy value he holds. Smith has tallied 74 total yards from scrimmage and has yet to reach the end zone across 62 career NFL games.
Dec 25, 2018 9:00 AM EST
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