Wendell Smallwood

Wendell Smallwood

Running Back #28
Team: Washington Redskins
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 208 lb.
College:West Virginia
Born:January 29, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 5 (153)
Draft Team:PHI

Wendell Smallwood: Barely plays on offense

Smallwood took three carries for five yards in Sunday's 47-16 loss to Dallas, finishing the 2019 season with 22 carries for 81 yards and nine catches for 64 yards in 15 games.

Analysis: Smallwood handled passing-down work while Chris Thompson dealt with a toe injury throughout much of October and November, but the 25-year-old ultimately played more snaps on special teams (221) than he did on offense (135). Thompson and Smallwood both are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, while Derrius Guice (knee), Adrian Peterson and Bryce Love (knee) remain under contract with Washington.

December 31, 2019 7:42 AM EST

Wendell Smallwood: No offensive work vs. former team

Smallwood didn't log an offensive snap in Sunday's 37-27 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Smallwood contributed on special teams, but Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson garnered all the offensive duties. Over 13 games this year, Smallwood has rushed 19 times for 76 yards and caught nine passes for 64 yards.

December 16, 2019 12:55 PM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Minimal action in loss

Smallwood carried twice for four yards during Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Derrius Guice went down with a knee injury during the first half, but Smallwood still only ended up playing two offensive snaps. Guice was already ruled out Week 15 and could be sidelined longer, which could allow Smallwood to be worked into the gameplan. However, opportunities figure to remain scarce if Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson remain healthy.

December 9, 2019 1:29 PM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Not suiting up Sunday

Smallwood (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game in Carolina.

Analysis: The Redskins are welcoming back pass-catching back Chris Thompson for the first time since Week 6, and with Derrius Guice available to the backfield, the Redskins have made Smallwood a healthy scratch. Without an injury to Thompson, Guice or Adrian Peterson, this may be Smallwood's reality for the foreseeable future.

December 1, 2019 8:47 AM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Barely plays

Smallwood didn't have any carries and caught his lone target for a three-yard gain in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Smallwood worked behind Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson, while Chris Thompson (toe) missed another game. Smallwood could be a healthy scratch if Thompson makes it back for Week 13 at Carolina.

November 24, 2019 8:16 PM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Quiet in Guice's first game back

Smallwood caught one of three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Smallwood got some work on passing downs, but it was Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice who handled all of the backfield carries. Smallwood may drop out of the offense entirely before the end of the season, especially if Chris Thompson (toe) ever gets healthy. Next up for Washington is a Week 12 matchup with the Lions.

November 17, 2019 6:50 PM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Should have passing-down role

Offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell said Friday that he has confidence in Smallwood's ability to fill the injured Chris Thompson's (toe) usual duties on passing downs Week 7 against the 49ers, Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins' official site reports.

Analysis: The oft-injured Thompson will miss his first game of the season Sunday, opening the door for Smallwood to see an enhanced role on offense after the bulk of his snaps came on special teams in the first six weeks. Though Smallwood will likely struggle to match the 4.5 catches per game and 10.2 yards per reception Thompson has delivered to date, the former still represents a much better option in the passing game than the only other healthy back on the roster, Adrian Peterson. Washington may still promote Craig Reynolds from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game, but his lack of prior NFL experience is probably enough to keep him behind Smallwood in the backfield hierarchy.

October 18, 2019 2:37 PM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Garners one carry

Smallwood gained four yards on his lone carry of Sunday's 17-16 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Coming off a six-touch game in Week 5, Smallwood was mostly an afterthought Sunday as Adrian Peterson rumbled for a season-best game. The good news for Smallwood is that he may be in line for an uptick in touches should Chris Thompson (toe) miss Sunday's contest. The bad news is that that game is against the 49ers, the sixth-best run defense in the league surrendering just 87.2 yards per game.

October 15, 2019 8:29 PM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Gains 27 yards

Smallwood carried the ball six times for 27 yards during Sunday's 33-7 loss to New England.

Analysis: Smallwood garnered more touches Sunday than the rest of his 2019 season combined Sunday. It's telling, however, that all six came in the second half and four of them came during the final four plays of the game, with Washington just looking to just exit unscathed. Washington is now being led by long-time offensive-line coach Bill Callahan and are up against a Miami defense surrendering a league-high 175.8 rushing yards per game, but Smallwood is unlikely to get many of those carries when they matter most.

October 8, 2019 3:42 PM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Gets a few touches

Smallwood had one carry for four yards and two catches for nine yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: Adrian Peterson got the carries (10) and the lone backfield touchdown, while Chris Thompson caught five of eight targets for 48 yards. Smallwood played 26 percent of snaps on offense, but two of his three touches occurred late in the fourth quarter when Washington was down by 17 points. His role isn't likely to be much bigger Week 3 against Chicago.

September 16, 2019 11:46 AM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Slated for situational action

Coach Jay Gruden said Sunday that Smallwood will be involved in the offense on a situational basis for Sunday's game against Dallas, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With a multitude of injuries to the defense, Gruden added that he wants to use a ball-control offense to churn clock and keep his defense off the field for Week 2. With that, Smallwood could see a few carries behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson on Sunday, even evolved in the passing game. In any event, it's likely that Smallwood's involvement in the offense isn't enough to warrant serious fantasy consideration until he's involved more consistently.

September 15, 2019 7:45 AM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Strictly plays special teams

Smallwood played zero snaps on offense and 19 on special teams in Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Smallwood faced his former team exactly a week after being claimed off waivers. His inclusion on the active roster over Adrian Peterson (healthy scratch) was controversial among veterans on the Washington roster, though it's standard for NFL coaches to prioritize special-teams value for the No. 3 running back spot. Even if he's active again, Smallwood isn't likely to see work on offense Week 2 against the Cowboys.

September 9, 2019 8:11 AM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Claimed by Washington

The Redskins claimed Smallwood off waivers from the Eagles on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It may not be a coincidence that the Redskins are claiming a player from the team they face Week 1. Even if it is, Smallwood will land at the bottom of the depth chart, behind Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. The Redskins cut fellow running back Byron Marshall to make room for Smallwood on the 53-man roster, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

September 1, 2019 10:06 AM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Cut loose by Eagles

The Eagles waived Smallwood on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Smallwood has been a decent enough fill-in for the Eagles, averaging 4.0 yards per carry over three seasons. With this move, he'll likely be on the radar of RB-needy teams.

August 31, 2019 12:14 PM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Busiest back in preseason finale

Smallwood rushed seven times for 23 yards and caught one of two targets for minus-1 yard in Thursday's preseason finale against the Jets.

Analysis: Philadelphia's entire offense couldn't get much going in the 6-0 loss, but Smallwood was the team's busiest running back, with none of the other guys getting more than three touches. Given the breakdown in workload, it appears likely that Smallwood will lock down one of the Eagles' final roster spots over the likes of Josh Adams. He'll still be sweating on cut day, though.

August 29, 2019 7:54 PM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Fighting to make team

Smallwood is one of four contenders for just one possible roster spot, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.

Analysis: The Eagles are likely to keep at most five running backs on the roster, so Smallwood must beat out Josh Adams, Boston Scott, and Donnel Pumphrey. The top four spots already belong to Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles and Corey Clement. Among the advantages for the 25-year-old are his well-rounded game and experience with the team, while Adams, viewed as Smallwood's main competition, is a better playmaker.

July 26, 2019 3:54 AM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Lands on roster bubble

Smallwood will need to battle for a roster spot this summer, Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard and drafted Miles Sanders in the second round, leaving the rest of their running backs to battle for one or two roster spots. Corey Clement (knee) will have a good chance to secure one of those spots if he's healthy for training camp, so the current picture doesn't look especially favorable for Smallwood, Josh Adams (shoulder), Boston Scott or Donnel Pumphrey. While he isn't particularly fast or powerful, the 25-year-old Smallwood has at least displayed a degree of versatility, averaging 4.2 yards on 87 carries and 8.2 yards on 28 receptions while playing all 16 games last season. If nothing else, he should be ahead of Scott and Pumphrey.

May 9, 2019 5:38 AM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Gets competition from Howard

Smallwood is facing more competition after the Eagles acquired fellow running back Jordan Howard in a trade with the Bears, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Howard becomes the instant favorite to serve as Philadelphia's lead runner, albeit in backfield that has consistently taken a committee approach since coach Doug Pederson was hired in 2016. There's still room for Smallwood to earn a significant role -- especially on passing downs -- but it also isn't difficult to envision a scenario in which he fails to make the 53-man roster. Howard was selected three picks ahead of Smallwood in fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, leaving both players in the final season of their respective rookie contracts.

March 29, 2019 9:03 AM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Lead back in divisional-round loss

Smallwood rushed 10 times for 33 yards and brought in his only target for six yards in the Eagles' 20-14 divisional-round loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: Change-of-pace option Darren Sproles was the only other back besides Smallwood to log a carry for the Eagles, as the third-year pro was the preferred early-down option over Josh Adams for the second straight postseason tilt. Smallwood was serviceable with his opportunities, but the running game became more of an afterthought as the game wore on. The 24-year-old finished his third season with 87 carries for 364 yards and three touchdowns, along with an additional 230 receiving yards and a pair of scores on 28 receptions. Given his dual-threat skill set and modest cap hit in what will be the fourth year of his rookie contract, Smallwood figures to be given an opportunity to compete for at least a part-time role in the backfield once again in 2019.

January 13, 2019 6:11 PM EST

Wendell Smallwood: Eight carries in wild-card win

Smallwood rushed eight times for 20 yards and caught two of three targets for 20 more in Sunday's 16-15 wild-card round win over Chicago.

Analysis: Darren Sproles (13 carries for 21 yards) and Smallwood split most of the work on the ground, with Josh Adams rushing just once for two yards. Smallwood came tantalizingly close to giving his team a three-point lead after Philadelphia's go-ahead touchdown in the final minute, but his attempt at diving over the goal line for a two-point conversion came up just short. That play almost led to the Eagles' downfall after the Bears got into field-goal range, but Cody Parkey missed from 43 yards out to send Philadelphia to New Orleans for the Divisional Round. Smallwood and Sproles should continue to work in a timeshare against the Saints.

January 6, 2019 5:54 PM EST

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