Smith was added to the Jets' practice squad Wednesday, Andy Vasquez of USA Today Sports reports.
Analysis: Smith passed through waivers unclaimed after being cut by the Jets on Tuesday, allowing New York to stash him on the practice squad. Injuries limited Smith's impact last season, but he produced 277 scrimmage yards for the Jets in 2019, suggesting he can fill in capably if the injury bug bites the team's receiving corps.
Sep 1, 2021 2:39 PM EST
Smith (undisclosed) was released by the Jets on Tuesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith had his opportunities to secure a roster spot throughout camp but ultimately failed to do so after the Jets beefed up their receiving corps via both free agency and the draft. He's a speedster who can also contribute on kick returns, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the 25-year-old receiver get a shot elsewhere before long. Smith's release likely means Braxton Berrios will stick around; perhaps Berrios' superior ability as a punt returner ultimately made the difference.
Aug 31, 2021 2:52 PM EST
Smith (undisclosed) is nursing an injury Monday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Smith is contending for a depth role with the Jets, and depending on the severity of his injury, it could impede his chances of making the 53-man roster. The 25-year-old logged a relatively productive preseason but he hasn't flashed quite enough to lock in a gig for the regular season. In 2020, he secured one of three targets for 13 yards in seven appearances.
Aug 30, 2021 10:11 AM EST
Smith caught two of four targets for 32 yards and added 94 yards on four kickoff returns in Friday's preseason finale against the Eagles.
Analysis: Smith hasn't stood out enough to guarantee himself a roster spot this preseason, but he also hasn't underwhelmed enough to take himself out of the running. His contributions on special teams are certainly a point in his favor, but Smith should either be among the last guys in or just miss the cut when the Jets unveil their 53-man roster ahead of the regular season.
Aug 28, 2021 10:54 AM EST
Smith caught three of four targets for 39 yards in Saturday's 12-7 preseason win over the Giants.
Analysis: Smith's first reception came on a 12-yard pass thrown by starting quarterback Zach Wilson. With Elijah Moore (quadriceps) out, Smith and Keelan Cole both ran some routes on the outside opposite Corey Davis while the starters were out there. Smith's in good position to secure a roster spot with New York and will look to strengthen his case in Week 2 of preseason against the Packers.
Aug 15, 2021 3:58 PM EST
Smith has worked as the Jets' No. 5 receiver so far in camp, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith has surprisingly been ahead of 2020 second-round pick Denzel Mims, as well as fellow holdover Braxton Berrios. Couple his usage so far with Smith's versatility -- he can contribute as a return man on special teams and speedy gadget guy on offense -- and the 25-year-old receiver's building a strong case to make the Jets' 53-man roster.
Aug 8, 2021 3:58 PM EST
Smith signed a one-year contract with the Jets on Saturday, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: The Jets opted not to use a minimum-level tender on Smith meaning this contract will come under $2.1 million. The deal is said to be incentive-laden which isn't surprising considering the 24-year-old recorded just one catch in an injury-plagued 2020 campaign.
Mar 13, 2021 1:35 PM EST
Smith failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 28-14 loss to New England. He finishes the season with one catch for 13 yards.
Analysis: Smith battled injuries to his abdomen and groin this season, and he never got going when healthy, failing to establish a role in New York's underwhelming receiving corps. The 24-year-old wide receiver will need to show improvement this offseason in order to avoid the chopping block in camp.
Jan 3, 2021 5:59 PM EST
Smith (groin) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Chargers.
Analysis: Smith will return to action after a two-game hiatus, and he'll function as a depth wide receiver. The 24-year-old has played just 21 snaps on offense over three games, turning that into a 13-yard reception on his lone target.
Nov 20, 2020 1:01 PM EST
Smith (groin) will be limited in Wednesday's practice, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: Smith's groin injury kept him from suiting up against the Patriots in Week 9, but he appears to have made some progress during the Jets' bye. If he's able to suit up against the Chargers on Sunday, Smith will handle a depth role behind Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman (shoulder) and Denzel Mims.
Nov 18, 2020 10:47 AM EST
Smith (groin) is listed as inactive heading into the Jets' Monday night matchup against the Patriots.
Analysis: The third-year receiver had suited up in each of the Jets' past three games, though he entered Monday listed as doubtful. A missed practice Friday hinted at the fact that Smith would ultimately prove unable to suit up after he had logged a limited session the day prior. The Limestone College product fielded 13 offensive snaps last Sunday against the Chiefs, meaning opportunities may slightly increase for No. 4 and 5 WR options Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith.
Nov 9, 2020 4:06 PM EST
Smith (groin) is listed as doubtful entering Monday's game against the division-rival Patriots, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It seems all but certain Smith will not play Monday after failing to practice in back to back days. The imminent return of Breshad Perriman (concussion) and Jamison Crowder (groin) should help buoy the team's depth although it wouldn't be surprising if the Jets also opt to call up a wide receiver in the coming days.
Nov 7, 2020 3:01 PM EST
Smith (groin) didn't practice Friday.
Analysis: Smith's trending in the wrong direction, as he went from participating on a limited basis Thursday to not practicing at all Friday. Even with the benefit of an extra day to get right, Smith will likely need to participate at some level Saturday to have a realistic shot at suiting up against New England come Monday.
Nov 6, 2020 2:01 PM EST
Smith (groin) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice.
Analysis: It's unclear how Smith suffered the injury as he's suited up in each of the last three games. The Limestone College product has been limited to special teams, as he's supplied just one catch for 13 yards on offense. If Smith is forced to miss Monday's game against the Patriots, Jeff Smith would be in line for more offensive and special teams snaps.
Nov 5, 2020 4:03 PM EST
Smith made a 13-yard catch on his lone target in Sunday's 35-9 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: The catch was Smith's first of the season in his third game. The speedy receiver caught 17 balls last season and will hope to take on a larger role in the injury-riddled Jets receiving corps moving forward.
Nov 1, 2020 7:39 PM EST
Smith contributed a pair of special teams tackles and didn't touch the ball on offense in Sunday's 18-10 loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Smith was replaced by Ty Johnson as the kick returner after muffing a catch last week, and he still doesn't have a role on offense for the Jets.
Oct 25, 2020 6:18 PM EST
Smith (abdomen) had a seven-yard kickoff return and didn't touch the ball on offense in Sunday's 24-0 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Making his season debut after being taken off IR, Smith dropped the ball on a kickoff and was smothered soon after picking it up, forcing the Jets to start that drive from their own nine-yard line. Smith was involved in some gadget plays that capitalized on his speed last season, but he only played five snaps on offense and wasn't targeted in this one.
Oct 19, 2020 7:01 AM EST
The Jets activated Smith (abdomen) from injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Smith underwent surgery in August but returned to practice last week and is expected to make his season debut Sunday versus the Dolphins. Breshad Perriman (ankle) is expected to suit up, so Smith will operate as a rotational receiver. Last year, the 24-year-old caught 17 of 31 targets for 225 yards while adding three carries for 52 yards and a score over 13 games.
Oct 17, 2020 3:20 PM EST
Smith (abdomen) was designated to return to practice Wednesday, setting him up to come off IR before Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Analysis: The Jets are finally getting some of their injured skill position players back but they'll be without starting quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder) against Arizona. Smith is returning from Aug. 18 core surgery. If Smith suits up against the Cardinals, he'll be catching passes from backup quarterback Joe Flacco and could factor in on special teams as a kick returner.
Oct 7, 2020 11:20 AM EST
Coach Adam Gase said Smith (abdomen) may return from IR in Week 5 against the Cardinals, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Smith has been practicing without pads, so Gase said he won't be ready for this Thursday's game versus the Broncos. However, he's optimistic that the 24-year-old receiver could be healthy by Week 5. He'll likely serve in a depth role upon return to the lineup.
Sep 29, 2020 12:25 PM EST
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