Lee Smith

Atlanta Falcons
Tight End #86
Atlanta Falcons
Tight End #86

Lee Smith News

Headed to COVID-19 list

Smith was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The team acquired Smith as depth for their tight end room in March. He's a 10-year veteran, though could have a hard time making the team with Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst ahead of him on the depth chart.

Jul 27, 2021 6:43 PM EST

Heading to Atlanta

Smith was traded to Atlanta for late-round draft compensation Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Smith is a 10-year veteran, and he's spent six of them with Buffalo. He's been primarily a backup and blocking tight end, as he's reached double-digit receptions in a single campaign only twice in his career. He's likely to fill a similar role in Atlanta behind Hayden Hurst and Luke Stocker.

Mar 16, 2021 5:11 PM EST

Active versus Broncos

Smith (knee) is active for Saturday's game in Denver.

Analysis: Smith was officially listed as questionable after having been limited in practice all week, but he'll be available against Denver. With Tyler Kroft (coach's decision) a healthy scratch again, Smith will be Buffalo's only available tight end behind Dawson Knox.

Dec 19, 2020 12:17 PM EST

Misses lone target

Smith failed to catch his only target during Sunday's 34-24 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: The 33-year-old played a season-high 25 offensive snaps but was minimally involved in the passing game despite Josh Allen attempting 40 passes. Smith appears to have taken over duties as Buffalo's No. 2 tight end from Tyler Kroft, but it hasn't led to much production.

Dec 8, 2020 8:00 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Bills activated Smith (illness) off the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Smith's return will provide Buffalo with some much-needed depth at tight end, after he and position mates Dawson Knox (illness) and Tommy Sweeney (illness) were all placed on the COVID-19 list last Saturday. In the two appearances Smith logged this season, he mostly contributed on special teams.

Oct 30, 2020 8:16 AM EST

Goes to COVID-19 list

Smith was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: It's important to note Smith has not necessarily tested positive for the virus, but because he's been deemed to have been in close contact with fellow tight end Dawson Knox -- who has tested positive for COVID-19 -- Smith has been placed on the list due to league protocol. This also leaves the Bills in a bit of a pickle for Sunday's game against the Jets -- as it stands right now, Tyler Kroft is the only tight end set for action.

Oct 24, 2020 12:13 PM EST

Healthy scratch Week 4

Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Smith caught a one-yard touchdown on his only offensive snap during last week's win over the Rams, but he won't play Week 4 with Dawson Knox (concussion) good to go. Tyler Kroft will operate as Buffalo's secondary tight end Sunday.

Oct 4, 2020 12:09 PM EST

Returns to Buffalo

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.

May 13, 2019 6:28 AM EST

Cut by Raiders

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.

May 2, 2019 2:32 PM EST

Catches three touchdowns

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.

Jan 18, 2019 11:49 AM EST

Scoring streak ends

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.

Dec 25, 2018 8:47 AM EST

Shakes injury tag

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.

Dec 14, 2018 7:24 PM EST

Added to injury report

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.

Dec 13, 2018 3:52 PM EST

Adds another touchdown reception

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.

Dec 10, 2018 2:55 PM EST

Notches first TD since 2015

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.

Dec 3, 2018 12:39 PM EST

Collects 39 receiving yards

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.

Nov 26, 2018 4:52 PM EST

Catches three passes against Browns

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.

Oct 1, 2018 7:46 AM EST

Has yet to be targeted

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.

Sep 17, 2018 9:25 AM EST

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