Smith caught three of four targets for 86 yards in Sunday's 32-6 loss to the Buccaneers.

Smith, a rookie sixth-rounder, led the Panthers in receiving yards in only his fifth appearance this season, which came after teammate Brandon Zylstra (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's contest. Smith's performance was highlighted by his 63-yard connection with quarterback Sam Darnold in the second quarter, helping set up a Carolina field goal. Even though Zylstra's potential return Week 17 versus the Saints could affect Smith's involvement, his impact on just 15 offensive snaps Sunday also could result in the team handing Smith more opportunities.

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