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
The Jets placed Smith (abdomen) on injured reserve Monday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: Smith underwent surgery to repair a core-muscle injury in mid-August and was expected to miss the first couple of games anyway. The league's altered rules allow Smith to return to practice after three weeks on IR, and according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the Jets believe he'll be ready to play in Week 4's matchup versus the Broncos.
Sep 7, 2020 10:28 AM EST
Smith will require surgery to address a core-muscle injury and is expected to be sidelined for 5-to-8 weeks, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Before sustaining the injury over the weekend, Smith had been competing with rookie Denzel Mims for the Jets' No. 3 receiver job. With Smith's recovery from surgery set to extend into the regular season and Mims having yet to practice due to a hamstring issue, newly signed veteran Chris Hogan is now well positioned to contend for a regular spot in three-receiver sets alongside Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder.
Aug 17, 2020 2:00 PM EST
Smith is battling a core-muscle injury and will visit a specialist Monday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: There's no report on the severity of Smith's injury, and the Jets will likely release more after his doctor visit. Smith is expected to work as a depth receiver -- like he did last year -- with the Jets, and he'll likely have most of his impact as the team's top kick returner if he's healthy.
Aug 16, 2020 11:51 AM EST
Smith should be in the mix for a starting job, potentially competing with rookie second-round pick Denzel Mims, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports.
Analysis: Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman are locked in for regular snaps, leaving one starting spot up for grabs. The Jets would like to see Mims step up to the challenge, but it's Smith -- a 2018 UDFA -- who has the benefit of a full year spent in Adam Gase's offense. Smith started four of his 13 games for the Jets last season, hauling in 17 of 31 targets for 225 yards while playing 318 offensive snaps. He also played 132 snaps on special teams, including 10 kick returns for 299 yards, so he should have a spot on the Week 1 roster even if Mims wins the starting job.
Aug 13, 2020 8:39 AM EST
Smith caught three of four targets for 36 yards and added a 20-yard run in Sunday's 13-6 win over the Bills.
Analysis: Smith finishes the season with 17 catches for 225 yards, as well as 52 yards and a touchdown on three rushing attempts. The 23-year-old receiver has also contributed as a return man on special teams and carries a cap his of just $660,000 in 2020, so the Jets will likely retain Smith for depth.
Dec 29, 2019 3:54 PM EST
Smith caught three of four targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Smith did his best imitation of a defensive back on the lone incomplete pass thrown his way, knocking the ball out of the defender's hands to prevent an interception. His 32 receiving yards put Smith in a three-way tie for second on the team for the afternoon. The undrafted receiver will close out his second NFL season against the Bills in Week 17.
Dec 22, 2019 6:58 PM EST
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