Smith (hamstring) has been activated off IR in advance of Monday night's game against the Seahawks,Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: With Michael Thomas (ankle) still on the PUP list and Deonte Harris (hamstring) out Monday, Smith has a chance to to step back into a key role in his first game action of the season. Also in Saints' Week 7 wideout mix are Marquez Callaway, Kenny Stills and Ty Montgomery, but provided he avoids any setbacks, Smith figures to see his share of targets versus Seattle.
Oct 25, 2021 2:35 PM EST
The Saints designated Smith (hamstring) to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Thus, a 21-day window opens for Smith to prove his health with the aim to get back on the active roster, or else stay on IR for the rest of the season. The Saints could use reinforcements at wide receiver, as Marquez Callaway leads the position group with 13 catches through five games. Smith is ahead of Michael Thomas (ankle) in his recovery, so he has a good chance to be New Orleans' No. 1 WR for a spell when he's cleared to play.
Oct 19, 2021 3:19 PM EST
Smith (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Friday afternoon, Rod Walker of The Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Smith has barely practiced since the first week of August and now can be ruled out for the first three games of the season. His earliest possible date for a 2021 debut is Week 4 against the Giants, while fellow Saints wideout Michael Thomas (PUP - ankle) can come back Week 7 at Seattle. It looks like Marquez Callaway will be Jameis Winston's favorite wideout in the meantime, with Deonte Harris, Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Chris Hogan and Ty Montgomery providing support.
Sep 10, 2021 1:32 PM EST
Smith was a non-participant at Thursday's practice due to a hamstring injury, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Smith dealt with an undisclosed health concern in training camp, which he suffered in practice Aug. 3 and kept him sidelined for the entire preseason. He managed to avoid the Saints' first injury report of the regular season Wednesday, but his absence Thursday is curious just days away from a Week 1 showdown with the Packers in Jacksonville. New Orleans may just be giving Smith a maintenance day, but his standing on Friday's practice report now is worthwhile to check out. If Smith is held out Sunday, a combination of Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Deonte Harris and Chris Hogan stand to benefit alongside starter Marquez Callaway.
Sep 9, 2021 1:48 PM EST
Smith (undisclosed) wasn't listed on the Saints' injury report Wednesday.
Analysis: Smith was knocked from a training camp session on Aug. 3, spending two weeks away from the field. While he rejoined his teammates Aug. 17, the Saints kept him out of their entire preseason slate. Now that he's unhindered at practice again, Smith will team with Marquez Callaway at the top of a WR depth chart that'll be without Michael Thomas (ankle) for the first month of the season.
Sep 8, 2021 2:59 PM EST
Smith (undisclosed) isn't practicing Monday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Smith initially left practice with an injury Aug. 3 and returned Aug. 17, but he hasn't done much since and didn't play in the Saints' final two preseason games. With Michael Thomas (ankle) already out for a chunk of the season, the team could really use Smith on the field Week 1 against Green Bay, even if Marquez Callaway has emerged as Jameis Winston's top option at wide receiver.
Aug 30, 2021 12:22 PM EST
Smith (undisclosed) isn't slated to play in Monday's preseason game versus the Jaguars, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Smith was sidelined Aug. 4-16 with an unspecified injury, but he has taken part in practice since Tuesday, so it's only a matter of time before he's cleared for game action, assuming no setbacks. Once he's available to the Saints offense, he'll serve as the team's No. 1 wide receiver as long as Michael Thomas' recovery lasts from June ankle surgery, which is expected to extend into October. For this career, Smith has averaged 13.9 YPC and 9.3 YPT while scoring 14 TDs on 119 targets across 40 games.
Aug 23, 2021 4:33 PM EST
Smith (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Smith was (and is) expected to step into the early-season void available to Saints wide receivers with Michael Thomas slated to miss approximately the first month of the season. But his practice reps have been nonexistent since he left an Aug. 3 practice due to an unspecified injury. He thus sat out New Orleans' exhibition opener Saturday, but now that he's on the field again he could set himself up to play in Monday's game versus the Jaguars. First, though, Smith may have to get his feet back under him and his conditioning up to par.
Aug 17, 2021 10:26 AM EST
Smith (undisclosed) didn't take the field for warmups before Saturday's preseason game against Baltimore, Sean Fazende of FOX8 reports.
Analysis: With Michael Thomas rehabbing from June ankle surgery and Smith now nursing an undisclosed injury, the Saints are left with a wideout group that includes Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, Chris Hogan and Lol'Jordan Humphrey. Recent camp reports put Callaway at the head of the pack, following a rookie season with 21 catches for 213 yards. Smith should still be a Week 1 starter if his injury isn't serious, but he could benefit from getting more reps with QBs Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill this summer. The Saints' next exhibition will be Mon., Aug. 23 against Jacksonville.
Aug 14, 2021 3:33 PM EST
Smith (undisclosed) watched Wednesday's practice from the sideline, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith has been out for more than a week with an undisclosed injury, and while Wednesday marks another missed session, his presence on the sideline could be taken as a sign of progress. With Michael Thomas (ankle) facing a much longer absence, Smith still has a chance to be the team's No. 1 receiver early in the season.
Aug 11, 2021 8:34 AM EST
Smith (undisclosed) missed practice again Friday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Larry Holder of The Athletic previously noted that coach Sean Payton doesn't think Smith's issue will be long term, but the wideout's absence has paved the way for Marquez Callaway to open some eyes at practice of late, per Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. Once he's back at practice, Smith will look to cement a key role in the Saints' passing attack, which seems likely to be without top wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) early on this season.
Aug 6, 2021 10:25 AM EST
Smith (undisclosed) isn't practicing Wednesday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Smith left Tuesday's practice early, further depleting the Saints' already-thin WR corps. Michael Thomas (ankle) won't be ready for the early part of the regular season, so Smith could be the No. 1 receiver once he recovers from whatever the current issue is. The Saints haven't provided any information yet.
Aug 4, 2021 8:38 AM EST
Smith was forced out of Tuesday's practice early with an unspecified issue, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The report notes that Smith was walking under his own power afterward, but the wideout's status will still need to be monitored in the coming days. Assuming Smith's injury isn't anything long-term, the 25-year-old appears poised to see an expanded role early on this season, with top option Michael Thomas recovering from an ankle injury and likely to miss time out of the gate.
Aug 3, 2021 10:17 AM EST
Smith should step into a bigger role early on during the upcoming season with Michael Thomas (ankle) expected to miss at least the first four games, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Despite an inconsistent beginning to his professional career, Smith is reportedly secure in his role as the No. 2 receiver behind Thomas, and the fact that Thomas is set to miss some time means that Smith will serve as the Saints' de facto No. 1 wideout in the short term. Even though Alvin Kamara will remain the focal point of the passing game overall, it's not a stretch to think that Smith could begin the season by at least doubling the average number of targets he saw per game (3.6) last season.
Jul 25, 2021 8:06 PM EST
Smith seems poised to start at wide receiver in 2021, Katherine Terrell of the Athletic reports.
Analysis: After releasing incumbent No. 2 wideout Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, New Orleans surprised some people by ignoring wide receivers during the early rounds of last weekend's NFL Draft. By instead waiting until the seventh round to merely add Kawaan Baker out of South Alabama, the Saints appear content with Smith as the second option behind Michael Thomas while a slew of undrafted holdovers (Juwan Johnson, Deonte Harris, Lil'Jordan Humphrey) duke it out for tertiary roles. However, potential fantasy investors will need to keep tabs on who will be throwing Smith passes this fall, as the speedster figures to have a much different outlook with the strong-armed Jameis Winston (who tossed Smith a 56-yard bomb in Week 17 of last season) under center than he would with dual-threat quarterback Taysom Hill.
May 3, 2021 11:08 AM EST
Smith (ankle) was activated from injured reserve prior to Sunday's contest, cashing in on all three of his targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-20 divisional round loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Smith had missed the Saints previous four contests with a bad ankle, and while his team took the loss, the downfield threat produced his best statistical performance of the season upon his return. Michael Thomas (zero catches) was keyed in on by the Buccaneers' defense, allowing the 24-year-old to take advantage of single coverage when he was called upon. The majority of his damage was done on a trick play in which backup quarterback, Jameis Winston, took the top off of the secondary and connected with the speedy wideout on a 50-yard bomb. Drew Brees simply doesn't have the arm strength at his advanced age to generate big plays like that for Smith, so it will actually hurt the receiver's fantasy value if the Hall of Famer decides to continue playing next year. However, If New Orleans has a new quarterback under center in 2021, and said signal caller can stretch the field the way we saw Winston do Sunday, then Smith could begin to gain traction as a fantasy asset, as he consistently sits atop the team's yards per reception rankings, finishing with a mark of 13.2 this year even with a declining Brees starting for most of the season.
Jan 17, 2021 9:47 PM EST
Smith (ankle) has been activated from injured reserve by the Saints.
Analysis: Smith is thus available for Sunday's divisional-round contest against the Buccaneers. In his first game action since Week 15, look for Smith to work alongside Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in the Saints' three-receiver sets. In 14 regular-season outings, Smith caught 34 of his 50 targets for 448 yards and four TDs.
Jan 16, 2021 1:46 PM EST
The Saints designated Smith (ankle) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Smith has been on IR since Week 15 but returned to practice Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Depending on how much he's able to do at practice, the Saints could opt to fully activate Smith from IR in time for Sunday's divisional-round matchup against Tampa Bay. That would put New Orleans' receiver corps at full strength, with Smith lining up alongside Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in three-wide sets.
Jan 13, 2021 2:54 PM EST
Smith (ankle) could be ready to return for the NFC divisional round, per teammate Deonte Harris, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Smith has been on IR since Week 15. The receiver will need to be removed from IR in order to suit up, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Smith rejoin his teammates in practice this week in light of Harris' comments after the team's win over the Bears in the wild-card round. More light on Smith's status should be shed once the Saints begin their upcoming week of practice.
Jan 10, 2021 5:53 PM EST
The Saints placed Smith (ankle) on injured reserve Thursday, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: While the Saints haven't commented on the severity of the right ankle injury Smith sustained Week 15 against the Chiefs, his placement on IR indicates that he'll require a multi-week recovery. Per Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Smith posted a photograph on his social media Wednesday featuring himself in what appeared to be a doctor's office with his ankle heavily bandaged, suggesting that the wideout may have needed surgery. In any case, with Smith officially shut down for the final two games of the regular season, he'll finish his third NFL campaign with 34 receptions for 448 yards and four touchdowns over his 14 appearances.
Dec 24, 2020 1:20 PM EST
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