Rod Smith

Rod Smith

Running Back #45
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 231 lb.
College:Ohio State
Born:January 10, 1992
Drafted:2015 / UDFA

Rod Smith: Re-ups with Raiders

Smith signed a one-year deal with the Raiders on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Smith joined the Raiders all the way back in December and played just a single offensive snap, so it's fair to say it's entirely possible the running back could be battling for his job in the preseason. As it stands, Smith is likely just a depth piece behind obvious offensive factors, Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richard.

March 21, 2020 12:14 PM EST

Rod Smith: Heads to Oakland

Smith signed with the Raiders on Tuesday.

Analysis: Josh Jacobs is tending to a fractured shoulder and his status is uncertain for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, so Smith will join the Raiders to add depth to the backfield. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard carried the load during Week 14's loss to the Titans, posting 96 and 46 yards from scrimmage, respectively, while the former scored a rushing touchdown. It's unclear whether Smith will have a role in the offense if Jacobs sits out, but it'll likely be minimal at best.

December 10, 2019 2:46 PM EST

Rod Smith: Works out with Raiders

Brown had a try out with the Raiders on Monday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

Analysis: Smith was waived by the Titans last week after suiting up for just three games with the club. The journeyman running back has primarily been a special-teams contributor and is now looking to earn a job in Oakland. He would presumably land on the team's practice squad first if he did make enough of an impression during his workout.

November 18, 2019 6:30 PM EST

Rod Smith: Absent from injury report

Smith (groin) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: Smith was questionable for this past Sunday's game against the Broncos but he was ultimately an inactive. The 25-year-old running back appears ready to suit up for Week 7's game against the Chargers, and he'll serve as a change-of-pace back.

October 16, 2019 4:32 PM EST

Rod Smith: Draws questionable tag

Smith (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: Smith popped up on Friday's injury report despite being a full participant in practice. If healthy, the 25-year-old will likely serve as the No. 3 running back option in Tennessee, behind Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis.

October 11, 2019 12:01 PM EST

Rod Smith: Lands with Tennessee

Smith (groin) signed a contract with the Titans on Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The Giants cut Smith on Sept. 11 on an injury settlement, but Tennessee's decision to add him to the 53-man roster implies he's likely healthy now. The 25-year-old will likely slot in as the No. 3 option on the depth chart at running back behind Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis and will likely make his biggest impact on special teams.

October 8, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Rod Smith: Waived from IR

The Giants waived Smith (groin) with an injury settlement, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smith wasn't expected to play a large role in the Giants' offense behind RB Saquon Barkley, but he couldn't stay healthy enough to have a chance. Once he shakes off this injury, he'll be free to sign with another team.

September 11, 2019 2:52 PM EST

Rod Smith: Placed on IR

Smith (adductor) will be placed on injured reserve, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: This all but assures Paul Perkins will make the 53-man roster, but the Giants could still add to their backfield depth at some point prior to Week 1.

August 31, 2019 12:09 PM EST

Rod Smith: Leaves with groin injury

Smith left Thursday's preseason contest against Cincinnati with a groin injury and will not return, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Smith recorded five carries for eight yards and a touchdown before exiting. It's unclear how serious the injury is. The 25-year-old also notched 12 touches for 50 total yards in last week's tilt against Chicago.

August 22, 2019 5:30 PM EST

Rod Smith: Receives 12 touches

Smith carried 10 times for 42 yards and caught both his targets for an additional eight yards during Friday's 32-13 preseason win over the Bears.

Analysis: Smith started with the first-team offense with Saquon Barkley resting, finishing with a respectable 4.2 yards per carry. The majority of his production came on a 17-yard gain, and his meager production as a receiver wasn't enough to really catch the eye. Smith is a reliable backup option behind Barkley, but he's unlikely to have a large role regardless of how he performs in the preseason.

August 16, 2019 8:48 PM EST

Rod Smith: Staying within NFC East

Smith signed a contract with the Giants on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After luring Golden Tate away from the Eagles, the Giants have now added Smith away from another division rival in the Cowboys. Perhaps the fantastic outing Smith had against them (160 total yards and two scores vs Giants in 2017) had left a strong impression because Smith has otherwise been underwhelming as a backup and only averaged 2.9 yards per carry in 2018. In New York, he'll spar with Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins (pectoral) for the No. 2 job behind Saquon Barkley.

May 8, 2019 1:57 PM EST

Rod Smith: Tries out for Bengals

Smith worked out for the Bengals on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: An undrafted free agent in 2015, Smith has spent the last two seasons as Ezekiel Elliott's primary backup, turning 99 carries into 359 yards (3.6 YPC) and five touchdowns. On top of his contributions on the ground, Smith gathered in 28 of his 35 targets for 262 yards (7.5 YPT) and one more TD while playing a significant role on special teams. After the recent release of Mark Walton, the Bengals are in need of running back depth behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, so Smith likely will get a long look due to his experience.

April 16, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Rod Smith: May be replaced during draft

The Cowboys may draft a replacement for Smith, who remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Smith had five touchdowns in a four-week span while Ezekiel Elliott served a suspension in 2017, but the 27-year-old managed just 44 carries for 127 yards (2.9 average) and one score in 2018. While he isn't anything special as far as backup running backs go, Smith contributed 522 snaps on special teams over the past two seasons. He should at least find an opportunity to compete for a roster spot, if not a No. 2 RB job. Another season in Dallas might make sense even if the team supplements its backfield during the draft, as the current depth chart is limited to Darius Jackson and Jordan Chunn behind Elliot.

April 12, 2019 1:11 PM EST

Rod Smith: Inefficient in contract year

Smith rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown on 44 carries over 16 games in 2018. He also caught nine of 12 targets for 60 yards.

Analysis: Smith was rarely much of a factor in the offensive gameplan outside of a lone spot start in Week 17 while filling in for a resting Ezekiel Elliott. His longest play went for just 14 yards, and his 2.2 YPC was among the least efficient in the league. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Cowboys move on when Smith becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.

January 20, 2019 5:57 PM EST

Rod Smith: Finds end zone in spot start

Smith carried 12 times for 36 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 36-35 win over the Giants. He also caught two passes for an additional 14 yards.

Analysis: Smith started in place of the resting Ezekiel Elliott, finishing with double-digit carries for the second time in his NFL career. He averaged just 2.9 yards per carry but was able to salvage his day from a fantasy perspective with a one-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter. With Elliott rested and ready to handle a heavy workload, Smith should play a minimal role during the team's wild card game next weekend.

December 30, 2018 2:39 PM EST

Rod Smith: Starting for Elliott

Smith will start at running back for Ezekiel Elliott (coach's decision) on Sunday at the Giants, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: With Elliott dominating the backfield, per usual, in 2018, Smith has earned the occasional touch en route to 32 rushes for 92 yards and seven catches (on nine targets) for 46 yards. Smith does have one career start under his belt -- Week 11 against the Eagles last season -- but managed just eight carries for 11 yards.

December 30, 2018 8:53 AM EST

Rod Smith: In line for increased role

Smith and Darius Jackson are expected to split reps out of the Dallas backfield Sunday against the Giants with the Cowboys planning to rest Ezekiel Elliott, team sources tell Jane Slater of NFL Network.

Analysis: Since he's not dealing with an injury, it's unclear if Elliott will be inactive for the contest, but even if he dresses, the star running back would likely only see spot duty or serve as an insurance option behind Smith and Jackson. Locked in as the NFC's No. 4 seed in the playoffs regardless of how Sunday's action plays out, the Cowboys have little to gain by exposing Elliott, so Smith and Jackson should both be in line for their heaviest snap counts to date. Elliott's status as a three-down workhorse has limited Smith to just 39 touches (32 carries, seven receptions) through 15 games, with Smith mustering just 2.9 yards per tote.

December 30, 2018 6:28 AM EST

Rod Smith: Loses yards in win

Smith lost seven yards on two carries during Sunday's 27-20 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Sunday represented the worst in what has been a very mediocre statistical season for Smith, who has reached double-digits in total yardage just five times this season while playing behind star back Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys have nothing to play for Sunday against the Giants -- they'll be the No. 4 seed no matter what -- so it's possible that Smith carries a larger load against the league's No. 14 run defense, giving up 4.4 yards per carry.

December 26, 2018 9:49 AM EST

Rod Smith: Collects 14 yards in shutout

Smith ran for 14 yards on three carries during Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Smith has now carried the ball at least three times in three straight games after just five carries in his previous five games combined. He's averaged 4.3 yard per carry during that span. Look for Dallas to ride Ezekiel Elliott even more than they already have down the stretch as they look to secure the division crown. What carries Smith does garner will be up against one of the league's worst run defense, a Tampa Bay squad giving up 4.8 yards per carry.

December 18, 2018 7:53 PM EST

Rod Smith: Picks up 43 yards in win

Smith ran for 27 yards on four carries and added 16 yards on two catches during Sunday's 29-23 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The 43 total yards nearly doubled Smith's previous high for the season as Dallas piled up yardage on a weak Philly defense, particularly through the air as Dak Prescott set a career high with 455 passing yards. Between the offensive productivity and the game going into overtime, Smith topped five touches for just the second time this season. Given Ezekiel Elliott's (neck) stranglehold on carries in Dallas, accounting for a whopping 72 percent of them, there still isn't much room for Smith to work. If the team decides to rest their star back a little down the stretch, Smith would have a so-so matchup Sunday against a middle-of-the-road Colts run defense.

December 11, 2018 10:10 PM EST

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