Rod Smith

Carolina Panthers
Running Back #45
Carolina Panthers
Running Back #45

Rod Smith News

Released by Panthers

Smith was released by the Panthers on Tuesday Darin Grantt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Smith signed with the team just a week ago but will now be looking for a new home ahead of the regular season. The veteran is looking to get back into the league after last playing for the Titans and Raiders in 2019.

Aug 17, 2021 7:35 PM EST

Signs with Carolina

Smith signed a contract with the Panthers on Thursday, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Smith had a visit with the Panthers last October but didn't end up joining the team, but he'll do so now early in training camp. The 29-year-old last saw game action between the Titans and Raiders in 2019, and he almost exclusively played special teams in six contests.

Aug 5, 2021 3:01 PM EST

Visits with Carolina

The Panthers hosted Smith for a visit Tuesday, Albert Breer of reports.

Analysis: The Panthers utilized Reggie Bonnafon as Mike Davis' primary backup with Christian McCaffrey (ankle) out, but now Bonnafon is on the practice squad injured list with an ankle injury of his own. Smith could serve as depth until either McCaffrey or Bonnafon are healthy, but he'd likely need to sign with the practice squad.

Oct 6, 2020 3:51 PM EST

Cut from practice squad

The Giants cut Smith from the practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The Giants let Smith go and opted to sign veteran RB Alfred Morris to the practice squad. Smith played six games in 2019 but played almost exclusively on special teams.

Sep 29, 2020 4:24 PM EST

Latches on with Giants

Smith signed on with the Giants' practice squad Wednesday, Art Stapleton of reports.

Analysis: Smith was cut by the Raiders on Sept. 1 after failing to make the roster, but he was able to find a new gig elsewhere. The 28-year-old saw action in six games between Tennessee and Las Vegas in 2019, failing to record a fantasy relevant stat.

Sep 9, 2020 3:21 PM EST

Cut by Raiders

The Raiders released Smith on Tuesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Raiders drafted Lynn Bowden -- a versatile talent -- in the third round and signed Theo Riddick this offseason, and Smith ended up being the odd man out. Last season he played almost exclusively on special teams, so he'll seek a similar role less than two weeks until the season opener.

Sep 1, 2020 5:37 PM EST

Cleared from ailment

Smith was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smith landed on the reserve list Aug. 6, but as evidenced by this news, he finally cleared the appropriate protocols to return to practice. Now healthy, the 28-year-old looks to be competing with Devontae Booker for the No. 4 role in Las Vegas' backfield, behind Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard and Lynn Bowden.

Aug 17, 2020 4:31 PM EST

Lands on COVID-19 list

The Raiders placed Smith (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Smith will need to gain full clearance before rejoining teammates at the early portion of training camp. The 28-year-old looks to be competing with Devontae Booker for the No. 4 role in Las Vegas' backfield, behind Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard and Lynn Bowden.

Aug 6, 2020 7:13 PM EST

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.

Mar 21, 2020 12:14 PM EST

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.

Dec 10, 2019 2:46 PM EST

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.

Nov 18, 2019 6:30 PM EST

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.

Oct 16, 2019 4:32 PM EST

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.

Oct 11, 2019 12:01 PM EST

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.

Oct 8, 2019 1:33 PM EST

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.

Sep 11, 2019 2:52 PM EST

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.

Aug 31, 2019 12:09 PM EST

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.

Aug 22, 2019 5:30 PM EST

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.

Aug 16, 2019 8:48 PM EST

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

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.

Apr 16, 2019 2:18 PM EST

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