Smith had one carry for seven yards in Sunday's 41-29 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Smith is a cornerback by trade as well as a kick returner, but he successfully lobbied Houston's coaches to try him at running back Sunday, per Aaron Wilson of 790 AM SportsTalk. His one carry was a significant one, a red zone touch that preceded four straight handoffs to Rex Burkhead, who eventually scored a touchdown. "We knew we were going to run some outside stuff on this team and we knew speed was important," Texans coach David Culley said. "Tremon runs very well and he's been asking for that anyway. So, we use him in that situation and obviously he helped us today." Smith, who scored a touchdown last week on a kickoff return, did not return kicks Sunday and played a full game at cornerback. Burkhead is the established No. 1 running at this stage of the season, but Houston has just one back, Scottie Phillips (ankle), under contract next season. That means Smith could get work on offense over the final two games with an eye toward some type of role there next season.
Dec 27, 2021 8:39 AM EST
Smith had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Sunday's 30-16 win over the Jaguars. He finished with 121 return yards on two kicks.
Analysis: After the Jaguars responded to Houston's opening-drive touchdown with a field goal, Smith grabbed back the momentum with his electrifying kick return. It was the first touchdown in 66 career kickoff returns for Smith, who is averaging 29 yards per return for Houston in 2021.
Dec 20, 2021 5:19 AM EST
Smith signed a one-year, $1.6 million extension with the Texans on Friday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Smith is a reserve cornerback who's primarily played on special teams, most notably serving as the top kick returner after Houston released return specialist Andre Roberts mid-October. Over the last five games, the four-year veteran has returned six kicks for 156 yards over the last five games, including a 28-yard return in last Sunday's lost to the Jets that set up a potential scoring opportunity in the fourth quarter.
Dec 4, 2021 6:16 AM EST
Smith's signing a one-year contract worth up to $1.13 million with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Smith's a nice back of the roster piece, as he can play cornerback and also contribute on special teams as a return man. He spent last season with the Colts, appearing in 10 games for Indianapolis.
Mar 15, 2021 12:37 PM EST
Smith was elevated to the Colts' active roster Tuesday.
Analysis: Smith spent time with the Eagles and Colts this offseason before signing with the Colts' practice squad the first week of September. Smith has played in 22 career games (one start) in his time with the Eagles, Packers and Chiefs. He has experience as a kick returner and could be a special teams contributor in Indianapolis.
Sep 22, 2020 7:18 PM EST
Smith signed a contract with Indianapolis on Sunday.
Analysis: The Colts waived Kendall Coleman to make room for Smith on the roster. Smith played a special-teams role across seven games with the Packers and one game with the Chiefs last season.
Aug 16, 2020 5:27 PM EST
Smith was waived by the Eagles on Sunday, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Smith spent time on Philadelphia's practice squad last season, while also appearing in seven games with the Packers and one game with the Chiefs. The 2018 sixth-round pick will look to catch on in a depth capacity with another club.
Jul 26, 2020 2:05 PM EST
Smith signed with the Eagles' practice squad Wednesday.
Analysis: Smith was waived by the Packers on Monday and made it through waivers unclaimed. The 23-year-old worked as Green Bay's return man before being let go, and he figures to provide depth for that position in Philadelphia.
Dec 4, 2019 7:03 PM EST
Smith was waived by the Packers on Monday, Jim Owczarski of PackerNews.com reports.
Analysis: The Packers remarkably have accrued a negative total of punt return yardage through 11 games. Smith was brought in last month to help resolve the issue, but things have remained the same. Thus, the team has opted to move on and give Tyler Ervin a chance.
Dec 2, 2019 4:37 PM EST
Smith has cleared the league's concussion protocol, Olivia Reiner of The Journal Sentinel reports.
Analysis: A full participant all week at practice, Smith is officially is out of the league's concussion protocol and appears set to take the field Sunday against the 49ers. The 23-year-old cornerback will feature primarily on special teams, therefore, Smith carries very little fantasy value in IDP formats.
Nov 22, 2019 3:45 PM EST
Smith (concussion) was a full practice participant Wednesday.
Analysis: Smith suffered the concussion Week 10 versus the Panthers but appears good to go coming out of the bye week. It's not clear if the 23-year-old has fully cleared the concussion protocol, but he seems to be on the right track.
Nov 20, 2019 7:09 PM EST
The Packers waived Smith on Monday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Smith suited up in three games with the Packers but only served on special teams, primarily as a return man. If he goes unclaimed on waivers, Smith will likely land on the Packers' practice squad.
Oct 14, 2019 2:18 PM EST
Smith signed a contract with the Packers on Monday, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports.
Analysis: Smith was waived by the Chiefs on Saturday and didn't spend long looking for a new team. The 2018 sixth-round pick projects to provide the Packers with depth in the secondary.
Sep 16, 2019 2:03 PM EST
Smith was waived by the Chiefs on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The Chiefs are running thin at wide receiver depth due to injuries, and Smith was the odd man out in favor of adding depth at the position. The 23-year-old suited up for 14 games during his rookie season in Kansas City last year. Assuming he clears waivers, he figures to be a candidate to land on their practice squad.
Sep 14, 2019 8:04 AM EST
Smith practiced with the wide receivers Wednesday with Tyreek Hill (collarbone) out, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Smith is still listed as a defensive back on the team's depth chart, but the Chiefs only have four healthy wideouts. The 2018 sixth-round pick spent some time as a running back during the offseason program, and he has impressive speed (4.32 40-yard dash). That's clearly versatility that Coach Andy Reid can utilize at receiver if necessary.
Sep 11, 2019 11:54 AM EST
Smith is listed as a cornerback on the Chiefs' Week 1 depth chart, Harold R. Kuntz of Fox 4 Kansas City reports.
Analysis: The Chiefs' coaching staff experimented with Smith at the running back position during training camp and the preseason, but it appears they ultimately felt he fits in best as a backup on the defensive side of the ball. He's also expected to handle kick return duties while De'Anthony Thomas (suspension) is unavailable.
Sep 2, 2019 9:28 PM EST
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