|Team:||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 230 lb.|
|College:||San Jose State|
|Born:||April 8, 1992|
|Drafted:||2014 / UDFA|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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