Smith didn't play any offensive snaps in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Smith dealt with illness during the week, but his role reduction comes after he also was criticized by Carolina's coaching staff for fumbling in Week 11. With him not involved offensively, Laviska Shenault assumed the Panthers' third wideout role. With the team now embarking on its bye week, it'll be interesting to monitor whether Smith returns to the fold or remains on the sideline in Week 14 versus the Seahawks.
Nov 28, 2022 8:25 AM EST
Smith (illness) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Analysis: Smith missed practice Wednesday and Thursday due to an illness but has recovered in time to get the green light for Sunday's game against Denver. He was called out by the coaching staff for fumbling on a punt return in the Week 11 loss to Baltimore, but Smith doesn't appear to have been demoted from that special teams role. He also plays regularly on offense, though his impact has been limited, as Smith has topped 30 receiving yards only once in 2022.
Nov 25, 2022 11:11 AM EST
Smith (illness) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice report.
Analysis: Smith was also unable to practice Wednesday, giving him back-to-back DNP's ahead of Sunday's contest with the Broncos. With Terrace Marshall (shoulder) also questionable for Week 12, the Panthers could be depleted at wide receiver come game time.
Nov 24, 2022 10:42 AM EST
Smith didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness.
Analysis: Smith is under the weather to start Week 12 prep, but he'll have two more days to clear the aliment before the team needs to make a decision on his status for Sunday's matchup against Denver. If he's sidelined, Laviska Shenault figures to be the primary beneficiary.
Nov 23, 2022 11:48 AM EST
Smith caught four of five targets for 26 yards but lost one of his two fumbles in Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Smith's four grabs tied for his most this season, but his fumble hurt his team in an underwhelming defeat. On the bright side, Smith supplanted Laviska Shenault to play 60 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps, the third-highest share among Panthers receivers.
Nov 22, 2022 2:28 AM EST
Smith caught his only target for a 17-yard gain in Thursday night's 25-15 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Smith made his usual contribution, as he now sports 10 catches through 10 games this season. On Thursday, though, he was out-snapped by Laviska Shenault, who totaled five touches for 59 yards and a touchdown. While Shenault holds more explosive upside than Smith, the latter has at least makes the stat sheet as a depth pass catcher each week.
Nov 12, 2022 12:43 AM EST
Smith caught one of two targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 42-41 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Smith played 80 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps. While that involvement helps his fantasy relevancy, Smith has managed more than one catch in only two of his nine appearances thus far, capping his value.
Nov 7, 2022 11:54 AM EST
Smith didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 37-34 overtime loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Smith's 38 offensive snaps trailed only DJ Moore and Terrace Marshall among Carolina's wideouts, but he was unable to make an impact. In contrast, Laviska Shenault gathered five of six targets for 26 yards despite playing 15 snaps fewer than Smith, offering notable competition that hurts Smith's already tepid fantasy value.
Oct 31, 2022 4:32 PM EST
Smith failed to see a target in Sunday's 21-3 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: Smith saw his second lowest snap total of the season while being on the field for 50 percent of the team's offensive plays, despite the trade of Robbie Anderson to the Cardinals, This was also his second straight game without a catch, leaving him stuck at eight receptions for 105 yards on the season. He also had a punt return for zero yards. He'll work to get more involved in a friendlier fantasy matchup in Week 8 against the Falcons.
Oct 25, 2022 11:59 AM EST
Smith didn't catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Smith posted a goose egg while seeing the Panthers lose their fourth quarterback of the season to injury, as PJ Walker exited with a neck issue. While it remains unclear who will be under center for Week 7's matchup versus the Buccaneers, leaving a considerable question mark over an already underwhelming passing game, Monday's trade of fellow wideout Robbie Anderson could increase Smith's amount of opportunities going forward.
Oct 17, 2022 4:30 PM EST
Smith caught four of five targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 37-15 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: The second-year slot receiver put together his best performance of the year while leading the Panthers in receiving yards. Smith had only four catches on the season coming into Week 5 as there hasn't been much volume to go around in a struggling Carolina offense, and if P.J. Walker takes over for an injured Baker Mayfield (ankle) in Week 6 against the Rams, it may not have a big impact on his production.
Oct 9, 2022 6:48 PM EST
Smith didn't catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: Smith also fumbled a punt return but was saved by Carolina recovering his miscue. Although he holds limited fantasy value in a struggling Panthers passing game, Smith's continued status as the team's third wideout at least gets him consistent playing time.
Oct 4, 2022 6:40 AM EST
Smith caught both of his targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 22-14 win over the Saints.
Analysis: Smith again played the third-most snaps of Carolina's wide receivers, but after Laviska Shenault broke off a 67-yard touchdown on one of his receptions, Smith's place in the pecking order could come under threat ahead of Week 4's matchup versus the Cardinals. In an offense that's struggled in the passing game thus far, sliding down the depth chart could shrink Smith's already-restricted value.
Sep 26, 2022 4:16 PM EST
Smith caught just one of six targets for two yards in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Smith also handled punt-return duties, gaining 17 yards on two tries. As a wideout, however, he disappointed by dropping a pair of passes. Although he still played over 70 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps, Smith's poor performance could open the door for Terrace Marshall and/or Rashard Higgins to get more chances in Week 3 versus the Saints.
Sep 20, 2022 7:13 AM EST
Smith (groin) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Analysis: The 23-year-old was added to the injury report with the groin issue Friday and was listed as questionable after sitting out practice, but he's been cleared to play Sunday in New York. He worked as Carolina's No. 3 wideout and played 76 percent of the offensive snaps in the season opener. Smith caught one of three targets for 12 yards in that contest, and he'll also operate as the team's primary punt returner going forward after Andre Roberts (knee) was placed on injured reserve.
Sep 18, 2022 8:49 AM EST
Smith (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Smith was a late addition to the injury report Friday after missing practice entirely Friday, which doesn't bode well for his chances of suiting up. His absence would be significant since Smith played a starting role and returned punts in Carolina's season opener. If Smith sits out Week 2, Laviska Shenault or DJ Moore would be the leading candidates to return punts.
Sep 16, 2022 11:13 AM EST
Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that Smith will operate as the team's primary punt returner while Andre Roberts (knee) is on injured reserve, Schuyler Callihan of SI.com reprots.
Analysis: Roberts was diagnosed with a PCL sprain and will be forced to miss at least four games after landing on IR, leaving Smith to take over as the punt returner and Chuba Hubbard to handle kick returns. Smith didn't return any punts as a rookie, but his skillset figures to fit the position well.
Sep 14, 2022 11:46 AM EST
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