|Ht / Wt:||6'6" / 269 lb.|
|Born:||November 21, 1987|
|Drafted:||2011 / Rd. 5 (159)|
Smith agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Bills on Monday.
Analysis: It will be the second stint in the Queen City for Smith, who previous played for the organizations from 2011-2014. The 31-year-old was released by the Raiders on May 2nd, but spent less then two weeks looking for a new home. The veteran tight end should be capable of producing at similar levels as his 2018 production (10 catches, 73 yards and three TDs), though he is more known for his blocking than offensive contributions.
Smith was released by the Raiders on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Though now over 31 years old, Smith was still considered one of the better blocking tight ends in the league and his release only clears about $2.6 million in cap space. Regardless of the motive for his dismissal, there's now more of an opportunity for Luke Willson, Darren Waller and fourth-round rookie Foster Moreau to see expanded roles in 2019. Meanwhile, Smith should have no problem landing a new contract in advance of training camp. The Patriots, Texans, Rams and Jaguars all seem like good fits.
Smith caught 10 of 11 targets for 73 yards and three touchdowns in 2018.
Analysis: Smith entered the season with only four career touchdowns but had three straight games with a score late in 2018. The veteran tight end has yet to reach 100 receiving yards in a single season as he enters the second year of his contract in Oakland.
Smith wasn't targeted in the passing game Monday in the Raiders' 27-14 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Smith entered the Monday night matchup with touchdowns in the three straight contests, but that production was never likely to be sustained after it came on only three total targets. When the Raiders' lone goal-line opportunity arising early in the fourth quarter, the team declined to look Smith's way and instead handed the ball off to Jalen Richard, who jaunted three yards into the end zone to extend the Oakland lead to 16 points. Expect Smith to function mostly as a blocker in Oakland's season finale against the Chiefs this weekend.
Smith (back) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Bengals, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith was a limited participant in the final two practices this week but the issues won't affect his game status. The eighth-year pro works mainly in a run-blocking role as Jared Cook takes over as the pass catcher.
Smith was limited during Thursday's practice due to a back injury.
Analysis: Smith was a new addition to the Raiders' injury report Thursday after practicing in full Wednesday, though his back issue doesn't appear to be too severe. If he's unable to go Sunday against the Bengals, however, Derek Carrier could see additional reps behind starting tight end Jared Cook.
Smith caught his lone target for a three-yard touchdown in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Smith's second score in as many weeks put the Raiders ahead of the Steelers with just over five minutes to play during Sunday's tilt. Fellow tight end Jared Cook exploded for over 100 yards receiving again, but both Smith and Derek Carrier were able to vulture touchdown receptions. Smith's streak of finding the end zone may very well come to an end in Week 15 against the Bengals, but he should continue to provide the Raiders with real-life value as a blocker.
Smith caught a one-yard touchdown pass on his lone target during Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: The Chiefs left Smith wide open in the end zone after the Raiders lined up in goal-line formation on the one-yard line during their fourth-quarter comeback attempt. Smith, who is primarily used as a blocking tight end behind starter Jared Cook, secured his first score since 2015. He's now caught at least one pass in three straight games, but shouldn't foster attention from a fantasy perspective while Cook is healthy.
Smith caught two passes on as many targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Smith is primarily used as a blocker, but the backup tight end has caught a pair of passes in each of the Raiders' past two contests after a five-game drought. His role should remain limited in Week 13 against the Chiefs with starter Jared Cook at full strength.
Smith caught three of four targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 45-42 overtime win over the Browns.
Analysis: Smith had yet to be targeted all season heading into Week 4, but the backup tight end finally hauled in three passes while quarterback Derek Carr notched 58 attempts. Smith will continue to serve primarily as a blocker while Jared Cook retains his duty as the pass-catching tight end.
Smith was on the field for 22 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos, but he remains without a single target through the first two weeks of the regular season.
Analysis: Smith continues to fill in as a blocker behind starting tight end Jared Cook, as the former has yet to see a single target from Derek Carr. Fellow backup TE Derek Carrier has recorded three receptions for 25 yards on four targets in two games.
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