|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 205 lb.|
|Born:||January 26, 1989|
|Drafted:||2011 / Rd. 2 (58)|
Smith is rehabbing from an undisclosed injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Smith is missing out on OTAs and may not be ready for mandatory minicamp June 11-13. He recently accepted a pay cut, which should improve his odds of sticking around on the 53-man roster. The 30-year-old wideout was hampered by a knee injury last season, catching just 17 passes in 11 games (six starts) his first year in Carolina. With D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel locked in for key roles, Smith will be part of a competition that includes Chris Hogan, Jarius Wright, Aldrick Robinson and Rashad Ross.
Smith agreed to a restructured contract with Carolina that will pay him $2 million in 2019, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Smith was on a non-guaranteed $5 million contract for 2019 prior to the restructure and was potentially facing release if he didn't agree to pay cut. His new deal includes up to $1 million in bonuses and gives the Panthers an additional $2 million in salary cap room.
The Panthers picked up Smith's contract option for 2019, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Given his sizable cap hit and minimal 2018 contribution, it's surprising to see Smith keep his place on the roster without accepting a pay cut. The Panthers could change their minds later this offseason, as Smith's 2019 compensation consists solely of a non-guaranteed $5 million base salary, per overthecap.com. The 30-year-old wideout figures to serve as a low-volume deep threat if he stays with the Panthers.
Smith finished the 2018 regular season with 17 catches on 30 targets for 190 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games played.
Analysis: Smith inked a three-year, $15 million contract after winning last season's Super Bowl with the Eagles, but failed to return much on the Panthers' investment. In fact, the 29-year-old set career lows in all major receiving categories. While a knee injury caused him to miss a handful of games, it'll be interesting to see whether Carolina decides to bring him back for the 2019 campaign.
Smith caught one of his two targets for a 19-yard gain during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Smith missed a month of the season with a knee injury, but still went three straight games without a catch before Sunday's 19-yarder. The Panthers' attack is hard to read now with Taylor Heinicke taking over for Cam Newton, who has been shut down for the season. Heinicke actually managed to put up 274 passing yards in his first start, 93 of them on quick passes to the backs, but he, Smith, and the rest of Carolina's attack have a tougher test next Sunday against a hot Saints defense that held the Panthers to nine points in Week 15.
Smith played just two snaps and was not targeted in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Smith overcame his knee injury to be active Sunday, but he still hardly got to see the field. While his role has shrunk over the course of the campaign, evidenced by three straight games without a catch, the extra day before Week 15's Monday night meeting against the Saints could do the veteran's knee some good.
Smith (knee) was listed as a full participant at Thursday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: After missing Weeks 8 through 11 while battling the knee issue, Smith has dressed for the last two contests but hasn't drawn a single target while playing a combined 22 offensive snaps. It would appear that Smith is setback-free coming out of those games, but the veteran seems unlikely to see his role expand much over the final quarter of the season with youngsters D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel proving themselves worthy of increased responsibility in the Carolina passing game.
Smith (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Playing just 22 offensive snaps the last two games without being targeted, Smith has clearly taken a back seat within the Panthers offense. Based on the workloads of fellow wideouts this past Sunday, D.J. Moore (66 of 70 snaps on offense), Curtis Samuel (58), Jarius Wright (39) and Devin Funchess (32) are all ahead of Smith in the pecking order. A lingering knee injury isn't helping Smith's cause, but he appears to be on the outside looking in for reps.
Smith was not targeted in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Smith played just nine of Carolina's 70 offensive snaps as the team welcomed Devin Funchess back to the fold. While Smith carried a knee injury during the week, his ability to practice in full last Thursday suggests he wasn't limited from a health standpoint Sunday. Nonetheless, with a reception in just five games this season, it's not like Smith is a reliable fantasy commodity anyway.
Smith (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith's lack of restrictions offer credence to the notion that his limitations Wednesday were likely maintenance-related after he returned from a four-game absence due to play 13 offensive snaps in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Seahawks. The wideout should be ready to handle a larger workload in Week 13 in Tampa Bay, but it's uncertain if he'll be needed for extended snaps. No. 1 wideout Devin Funchess (back) returned to practice as a limited participant Thursday and could be ready to go after a one-game hiatus, while youngsters D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel have both made cases for enhanced roles of their own. It therefore wouldn't be surprising if Smith ranked fourth or fifth among the Carolina receivers in snap share this weekend.
Smith (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Smith returned from a four-game absence for Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Seahawks, playing just 13 snaps and failing to draw a target despite getting the start. His knee injury may have been less of a factor than the emergence of D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel (hamstring), the latter of whom didn't practice Wednesday. With Devin Funchess (back) still absent from practice and Damiere Byrd (arm) placed on injured reserve, Moore and Jarius Wright are only healthy wideouts in Carolina. There is some opportunity for Smith to handle a larger role in a favorable matchup Week 13 at Tampa Bay.
Smith (knee) started and played 13 of the Panthers' 59 offensive snaps (22 percent) in the team's 30-27 loss to the Seahawks. He wasn't targeted during his time on the field.
Analysis: Since Smith has barely practiced over the past month while managing the knee issue, it's not surprising his play count was restricted in his return from a four-game absence. Smith should have fewer limitations heading into the Week 13 matchup with the Buccaneers, but it's tough to bank on the veteran noticing dramatic spike in targets, especially if No. 1 wideout Devin Funchess (back) is cleared to play. While Smith was sidelined, both D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel made compelling cases for enhanced roles at receiver and the youngsters both outshone Smith in the Week 12 loss.
Smith (knee) and D.J. Moore will serve as the Panthers' starting wide receivers in Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: With Devin Funchess (back) sidelined this week, the Panthers won't be forced to make a tough decision between Smith and Moore for the other starting gig. However, with Smith coming off a four-game absence, he'll likely be subject to a limited workload, with Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site estimating the veteran will earn about 12 snaps. That caps Smith's fantasy upside in Week 12, with Moore and Curtis Samuel both representing higher-percentage plays among the Carolina wideouts.
Smith (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Seahawks, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Although Smith is available for the first time since Week 7, this may be more of a test run to see if the veteran wide receiver can hold up. Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site predicts a small workload in the vicinity of 12 offensive snaps, which seems minimal with Devin Funchess (back) inactive. That said, the Panthers likely are confident the quartet of D.J. Moore, Christian McCaffrey, Greg Olsen and Curtis Samuel can maintain a suitable passing attack.
Smith (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Seahawks, Adam Schefter of EPSN reports.
Analysis: if Smith plays, it will be his first game since Week 7. His return will be good news as the Panthers will be without wideout Devin Funchess due to a back injury.
Smith (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports
Analysis: Coach Ron Rivera said Friday he is "pretty confident" Smith will be able to play for the first time since Week 7. If so, the 29-year-old is returning at a convenient time, with fellow wideout Devin Funchess (back) listed as doubtful on the final injury report. Averaging just 4.5 targets on 45 snaps per game, Smith doesn't pose a real threat to D.J. Moore's workload.
Smith (knee) took part in individual drills Friday, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Smith has practiced each day this week, but the report indicates he will likely be listed as limited Friday for the third straight day, which leaves his availability for Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks up in the air.
Coach Ron Rivera sounded skeptical about Smith (knee) being ready to play Sunday against the Seahawks, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Smith returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, making his first appearance of any kind since he suffered a knee injury Nov. 21. He may have to settle for a minor role whenever he's ready to play, as D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel have both looked good in recent weeks.
Smith (knee) returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Smith's first practice appearance since Week 7 comes at a good time, with Devin Funchess (shoulder) held out of the session and considered day to day. Regardless, the 29-year-old wideout may need to settle for a reduced role when he rejoins the offense, as D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel have provided a spark to the Carolina passing attack. Smith seems to be on track to return Sunday against the Seahawks.
Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Detroit, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Listed as a non-participant throughout the week, Smith will sit out for a fourth straight game. He did resume running a few days ago, perhaps giving him a chance to return for Week 12 against Seattle. D.J. Moore figures to get another start in Smith's place, while Curtis Samuel and Jarius Wright may also benefit from a few extra snaps.
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