The Buccaneers signed Smith to a reserve/future contract Wednesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The 25-year-old was brought in for a workout ahead of the Buccaneers' wild-card matchup with the Rams and appears to have impressed. His most productive season in the NFL was with the Jets in 2019, when he caught 17 of 31 targets for 225 yards. However, he's made just nine appearances and caught one pass since then.
Jan 26, 2022 12:24 PM EST
Smith worked out for the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: The 25-year-old was brought in ahead of the Buccaneers' wild-card matchup with the Rams on Sunday. With many of their wide receivers banged up, Smith could be brought in to provide another depth option behind Mike Evans this weekend.
Jan 19, 2022 3:35 PM EST
Smith (illness) was restored to the Jets' practice squad from the practice squad COVID-19 list Thursday.
Analysis: Smith was on the COVID-19 list the past 10 days after testing positive for the virus. He's appeared in two games for the Jets this season and failed to catch his lone target.
Dec 30, 2021 2:24 PM EST
Smith (illness) will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus Monday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Analysis: Smith was one of five Jets players to test positive Monday. The 6-foot-3 wideout has been elevated each of the last two weeks, playing 27 snaps and garnering one target across both games. Even if Smith is able to test out before the Jets' Week 16 matchup with the Jaguars, the practice squad wideout isn't expected to play a significant role.
Dec 20, 2021 1:03 PM EST
Smith was elevated from the Jets' practice squad Saturday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Analysis: With the Jets' wide-receiver room hit hard by COVID, Smith will suit up in a second-straight week. He should get a handful of snaps on offense and special teams.
Dec 18, 2021 6:38 PM EST
Smith was reverted back to the Jets' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: The wide receiver was elevated for Sunday's loss against the Saints, but failed to register a catch on one target. With the Jets' banged up at the position, it's possible that Smith may be active again in Week 15 versus the Dolphins.
Dec 13, 2021 7:14 PM EST
Smith failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 30-9 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Smith failed to make a mark on the contest after being elevated from the practice squad for his season debut. Fellow practice squad elevation D.J. Montgomery was much more active, catching three of six targets for 36 yards. The injury-riddled Jets may elevate both receivers again in Week 15 against the Dolphins, but Montgomery will likely get first crack over Smith if they choose only one.
Dec 12, 2021 7:15 PM EST
Smith was elevated from the practice squad Saturday.
Analysis: Smith has been on the Jets' practice squad throughout the season, though he has not yet been active for a game. With Elijah Moore (quadriceps) and Corey Davis (groin) both sidelined, Smith could serve a depth role on offense and also figures to contribute on special teams.
Dec 11, 2021 4:14 PM EST
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
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