Freeman was the most-active running back in the passing game, totaling five catches for 17 yards. Jackson and Rodgers each had one catch for 3 yards, while Smith had two catches for minus-1 yard.
The Falcons are back in action Week 8 vs. Detroit.
There's little denying
Falcons owner Arthur Blank has nothing but praise for the fifth-year pro, per ESPN.
"It’s incredible to see his performance," Blank said. "And it’s actually really interesting because I really hadn’t paid a lot of attention to it, but he’s been to several other clubs in the NFL. You really wonder what it is in a player’s career that at a certain point in time, they blossom and they just trigger and go. And he’s obviously doing that now."
Smith is in the final year of his contract. Blank indicated he would like to see Smith stay with the team beyond 2014.
"Absolutely," Blank said. "I have no reason to not want that, for sure.
"He really epitomizes everything you want in a team player. It’s not about self; it’s always about team. It’s always about doing whatever I can do to contribute. And he lives that way. He really, really does. I’m thrilled he’s a Falcon and I’m happy for the season he’s having."
I don't know what to say about
The talk leading up to Week 6 was that he might get more touches, which I admitted would change things. But he didn't really. He had six. And again, one of them was really good.
The definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I'm about there with him.
Because yes, it's still unlikely. It just is, OK? But he'll probably do it again because that's what he does. So if you're into long touchdowns, have at him.
Smith has shown an ability to score any time from any distance, managing a scoring play of at least 38 yards in five of his six games this season. As a result, he's tallied 126 yards on just 13 carries and 220 yards on just 10 receptions while reaching the end zone five times. It's going to be hard for the coaching staff to keep limiting his workload if he keeps delivering big plays on a regular basis. Smith will take on the Ravens in Week 7.
The movement to get
It makes Smith an interesting Fantasy possibility for Week 6 against Chicago. With so many high-profile running backs succumbing to injuries over the last couple weeks, you may be pretty desperate for a consistent running back. And a boom-or-bust play seems pretty consistent when he booms four out of the first five weeks.
In theory, more touches would give Smith an even better chance of booming each week, but that's assuming these touchdown plays of 35 yards or more are as much a reflection of his God-given talent as the attention defenses pay him. And that's where I'm skeptical. He's 29 years old, for crying out loud. If he's really the best big-play back in NFL history, someone would have figured it out by now.
I'm worried the week I finally endorse him is the week it catches up to him. Because unless he legitimately enters some sort of timeshare with Jackson, you know it's coming. And for all the talk of an increased role, he's still one of four and not the No. 1 of four. Sooner or later, he's going to bust.
|Bye: Week 9|
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|11||11/16/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|14||12/8/14||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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