Tremon Smith

Houston Texans
Running Back #35
Houston Texans
Running Back #35

Tremon Smith News

Steps up for depleted secondary

Smith recorded 11 tackles (seven solo), one pass defended and a forced fumble in Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss against Kansas City.

Analysis: Smith stepped up in place of starting cornerback Steven Nelson, who was inactive Sunday after suffering a foot/knee injury during Week 16's loss to Dallas. This led the backup cornerback to play every defensive for the first time this season, and he was one of four Texans defenders to notch double-digit tackles against Kansas City. Smith exclusively played on special teams over the first 12 games of the season, and it's likely he'll revert back to this role after Nelson returned to practice in full Tuesday.

Dec 20, 2022 7:27 PM EST

Two picks in loss

Smith had three tackles and two interceptions in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Cowboys in Week 14.

Analysis: More noted for his value as a kickoff returner, Smith's work on defense made a big impact on what could have been a rare Houston win. His first pick set up a 28-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and the second one put the team in business at the Dallas four-yard line late in the fourth. That could have sealed the deal for Houston, but the offense was unable to convert the opportunity into points, and Dallas went on to score the game-winning touchdown. The two interceptions were the first of Smith's career.

Dec 12, 2022 7:12 AM EST

Handles return duties Saturday

Smith returned one punt for 15 yards, one kickoff for 25 yards, and one interception for 12 yards in Saturday's 17-13 preseason win over New Orleans.

Analysis: Smith's first-quarter pick set up the Texans' first score, and his punt return gave the offense good field position to attempt a field goal at the end of the half. His primary role is as a returner, and Smith will provide depth at cornerback, something head coach Lovie Smith reinforced following the game. "The more things you do, the better your chances," Smith said. And Tremon is our returner. We know what he can do in that role. But when you say the more things you can do - to be able to do that and also play good ball at the cornerback position in a backup role is big for us." Smith also had one tackle on defense and another on special teams.

Aug 14, 2022 6:32 AM EST

Gets turn at running back

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

Scores on kick return

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

Inks extension

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

Signs with Houston

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

Called up

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

Links up with Colts

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

Let go by Eagles

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

Heads to Philly

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

Waived by Packers

Smith was waived by the Packers on Monday, Jim Owczarski of 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

Full participant all week

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

Practices fully

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

Let go by Packers

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

Lands in Green Bay

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

Cut by Chiefs

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

Working with wideouts

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

Returns to cornerback

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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