Smith logged zero targets during Sunday's 20-10 loss against the Steelers.
Analysis: Smith did not record a target for the first time this season during the Saints' lackluster offensive showing. The 26-year-old also logged a season-low seven offensive snaps while playing behind Kevin White (31), Chris Olave (36) and Jarvis Landry (37), who returned from his five-week absence due to an ankle injury. As a result, Smith didn't get a chance to benefit from the absence of Marquez Callaway (coach's decision), and he could be relegated to a deep reserve role against the Rams next Sunday.
Nov 14, 2022 8:06 AM EST
Smith gathered in three of four targets for 29 yards during Monday's 27-13 defeat to the Ravens.
Analysis: Smith tied with running back Alvin Kamara for the Saints' third most targets Monday. The 26-year-old also caught every ball thrown his way except for a tipped pass that was intercepted by Baltimore linebacker Justin Houston. While veteran Jarvis Landry (ankle) did not play for the fifth straight week, Smith still attracted fewer passes than fellow wideouts Chris Olave (nine) and Marquez Callaway (five). With Michael Thomas (toe) now set to miss the remainder of the season on IR, the 5-foot-11 Smith should once again amass a relatively moderate target share whether or not Landry returns against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Nov 8, 2022 6:00 PM EST
Smith failed to haul in his lone target on 38 offensive snaps during Sunday's 24-0 victory against the Raiders.
Analysis: Smith saw less than two targets for the first time since Week 3 during this blowout win. While his production was limited, the 26-year-old still played the most offensive snaps of any Saints wide receiver, as Jarvis Landry (foot) and Michael Thomas (foot) remained out for the fourth and fifth game in a row, respectively. Smith caught 14 of his 20 targets for 235 yards and a touchdown over the previous five contests, and he should continue to play a prominent role if Thomas and/or Landry remain out during next Monday's game against Baltimore.
Oct 31, 2022 6:47 PM EST
Smith secured five of six targets for 59 yards during the Saints' 42-34 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
Analysis: The 26-year-old saw increased playing time for a third consecutive week with Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) sidelined, and Smith had a season-high five receptions while topping 50 yards during the high-scoring matchup. The 2018 third-rounder's role during the Saints' Week 8 tilt against the Raiders will likely depend on whether Thomas and Landry are cleared to return.
Oct 21, 2022 7:30 AM EST
Smith caught all three of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Smith benefited from the absence of three of the Saints' top wideouts Sunday, resulting in his first touchdown of the season. The 26-year-old got the start alongside Marquez Callaway, who finished with three catches (seven targets) for 36 yards. The collective statuses of Michael Thomas (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Chris Olave (concussion) will likely be in question heading into a matchup against Arizona on Thursday Night Football, which could result in another start for Smith in Week 7.
Oct 16, 2022 5:05 PM EST
Smith and Marquez Callaway served as the Saints' top receivers during walk-through drills ahead of Sunday's game against the Bengals, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Analysis: After logging a season-high 66 percent of snaps on offense in the Saints' Week 5 win over the Seahawks while fellow wideouts Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) were out, Smith could see his playing time tick up even further Week 6. In addition to Thomas and Landry, rookie first-round pick Chris Olave (concussion) is inactive this week, and another depth wideout in Deonte Harty (foot) was recently moved to injured reserve. Of the five receivers who are active for the Saints this week, Smith and Callaway have combined for 12 of the 13 receptions the quintet has recorded this season.
Oct 16, 2022 9:34 AM EST
Smith hauled in one of his four targets for 10 yards on 52 offensive snaps during Sunday's 39-32 win against the Seahawks.
Analysis: Smith saw the second most playing time amongst the Saints' banged-up corps of wide receivers in Week 5, as starters Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) were both ruled inactive and Chris Olave suffered a concussion in the third quarter. As a result, the fifth-year veteran played exclusively on offense for the first time this season while lining up alongside Marquez Callaway (56 offensive snaps); however, Smith did not record a catch until his final target in the fourth quarter, hauling in a 10-yard pass to convert a crucial third down on New Orleans' final offensive drive. The 26-year-old also had a 12-yard reception wiped out by a hands to the face penalty on left tackle James Hurst, and he'll continue to see increased usage if the Saints' starting wideouts remain sidelined in Week 6.
Oct 10, 2022 9:55 PM EST
Smith recorded one reception on two targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 28-25 loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: Smith played just 14 of the Saints' 60 offensive snaps after sustaining a concussion last week and clearing protocols Friday. As a result, the 6-foot-2 speedster was unable to capitalize on his opportunity for a bigger role with No. 1 wideout Michael Thomas (foot) sidelined Sunday. Smith suffered a shoulder injury at the end of the preseason that sidelined him for New Orleans' first two games, though he caught four of his five targets for 105 yards before exiting in Week 3. The fifth-year pass catcher will have a full week to rest and recover before Sunday's game against Seattle.
Oct 3, 2022 6:33 PM EST
Smith (concussion) was a full participant in Friday's practice session and doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's matchup against the Vikings, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Smith made his season debut last week against Carolina and secured four of five targets for 105 yards before sustaining a concussion. Although he was limited at Wednesday's practice, he was a full participant Thursday and Friday and has cleared the league's concussion protocol. He'll likely have a chance to handle an increased role Sunday against Minnesota since Michael Thomas (foot) has been ruled out.
Sep 30, 2022 7:50 AM EST
Smith (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: The Saints haven't yet announced whether Smith has fully cleared the league's concussion protocol, but his upgraded activity Thursday is a clear step in the right direction. Michael Thomas (foot) did not practice again while Jarvis Landry (ankle) was limited Thursday, so Smith could be facing increased opportunities versus Minnesota in Week 4, as long as he's healthy.
Sep 29, 2022 9:30 AM EST
Smith (concussion) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Smith suffered a concussion in Week 3 versus the Panthers, but he was able to at least log a limited practice Wednesday. His status remains uncertain for Sunday's matchup with the Vikings, but if he can go, the wide receiver may step into a prominent role with both Michael Thomas (toe) and Jarvis Landry (foot) questionable to play.
Sep 28, 2022 9:24 AM EST
Smith exited Sunday's game against the Panthers with a concussion and has been ruled out, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Nearly the entire Saints receiving corps suffered an injury at some point during the game, as Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Michael Thomas (foot) also exited. Smith had an impressive performance but was hurt late in the fourth quarter at the conclusion of a 48-yard reception. Smith will need to clear the league's concussion protocol in order to suit up for Week 4 against the Vikings.
Sep 25, 2022 1:16 PM EST
Smith doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Smith logged a full practice Friday for the first time during the regular season and is slated to make his season debut Sunday. Over the last four seasons, the 2018 third-round pick has totaled 112 receptions for 1,486 yards and 17 touchdowns. However, he'll have a tough time garnering many targets behind Michael Thomas, Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry during the 2022 campaign.
Sep 23, 2022 12:31 PM EST
Smith (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.
Analysis: As he did last week, Smith has kicked off this week with back-to-back capped sessions. It remains to be seen if he'll get back to full at Friday's practice, but after getting the LP treatment three times during Week 2 prep, it wasn't enough to be active this past Sunday against the Buccaneers. In any case, Friday's injury report may give a sense of Smith's chances to suit up Sunday in Carolina.
Sep 22, 2022 2:14 PM EST
Smith (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Prior to missing a second consecutive game to start the campaign, Smith also was limited in all three sessions, so he may have to log a full practice Thursday or Friday to be cleared for game action as he continues his recovery from a preseason shoulder injury.
Sep 21, 2022 1:29 PM EST
Smith (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Smith has been tending to a shoulder injury since the Saints' preseason finale, missing both of the team's first two games of the campaign in the process. At the very least, though, he practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday through Friday, so he may be closing in on his first action of the season. In the meantime, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harty will be New Orleans' main depth options behind the top wide receiver trio of Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave.
Sep 18, 2022 9:05 AM EST
Smith (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's matchup with Tampa Bay, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The wideout picked up the injury during the preseason finale and sat out the regular-season opener. However, Smith returned to practice and was limited throughout the week, giving him a chance to make his season debut Sunday. However, even if he's available, it's unlikely he sees many targets behind Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave.
Sep 16, 2022 1:56 PM EST
Smith (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Analysis: Smith picked up a shoulder injury in the Saints' preseason finale and sat out the team's regular-season opener. His return to practice is an encouraging sign, but if he isn't upgraded to a full participant Thursday or Friday, he may be sidelined for a second straight game.
Sep 14, 2022 1:59 PM EST
Smith (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Smith picked up a shoulder injury in the Saints' preseason finale, but it didn't follow him into Week 1 prep. Instead, he missed practice Wednesday through Friday due to a groin issue, which will sideline him to begin the campaign. Fellow wide receiver Michael Thomas (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday, leaving Jarvis Landry, Chris Olave , Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harty as the team's healthy options at the position at the moment.
Sep 9, 2022 12:43 PM EST
Smith (groin) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Smith's lack of activity in practice for the second straight day isn't a promising early sign with regard to his availability for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He'll get one more chance Friday to practice in some capacity, but even if he does so and avoids taking a designation into the weekend, Smith looks primed for a role reduction in 2022 with Michael Thomas (hamstring) returning from an ankle injury that sidelined him for the entire 2021 campaign and with the Saints adding ex-Browns slot standout Jarvis Landry and first-round rookie Chris Olave to their receiver room.
Sep 8, 2022 12:40 PM EST
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