Torrey Smith has 663 yards and four touchdowns or fewer in each of his last four seasons. A competent receiver, Smith would need the kind of target load he had back in 2012 or 2013 in order to regain relevancy in Fantasy Football. Keep him off rosters.
Smith is dealing with a knee injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Smith has been limited in offseason workouts due to an injury that had previously been undisclosed. While the receiver was able to catch balls from a JUGS machine during June's minicamp, it's uncertain how involved he'll be at the outset of training camp next month. As it stands, Smith appears to be entering camp as nothing more than the No. 5 wideout in a passing offense that seemingly revolves around running back Christian McCaffrey.
Smith is rehabbing from an undisclosed injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Smith is missing out on OTAs and may not be ready for mandatory minicamp June 11-13. He recently accepted a pay cut, which should improve his odds of sticking around on the 53-man roster. The 30-year-old wideout was hampered by a knee injury last season, catching just 17 passes in 11 games (six starts) his first year in Carolina. With D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel locked in for key roles, Smith will be part of a competition that includes Chris Hogan, Jarius Wright, Aldrick Robinson and Rashad Ross.
Smith agreed to a restructured contract with Carolina that will pay him $2 million in 2019, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Smith was on a non-guaranteed $5 million contract for 2019 prior to the restructure and was potentially facing release if he didn't agree to a pay cut. His new deal includes up to $1 million in bonuses and gives the Panthers an additional $2 million in salary cap room. It's still not clear if Smith will have a significant role, as the Panthers have a crowded wideout group that includes D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Jarius Wright, Chris Hogan, Aldrick Robinson and Rashad Ross.
The Panthers picked up Smith's contract option for 2019, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. Given his sizable cap hit and minimal 2018 contribution, it's surprising to see Smith keep his place on the roster without accepting a pay cut. The Panthers could change their minds later this offseason, as Smith's 2019 compensation consists solely of a non-guaranteed $5 million base salary, per overthecap.com. The 30-year-old wideout figures to serve as a low-volume deep threat if he stays with the Panthers.
Smith finished the 2018 regular season with 17 catches on 30 targets for 190 yards and two touchdowns across 11 games. Smith inked a three-year, $15 million contract with the Panthers this offseason but failed to deliver much on that substantial investment. In fact, the 29-year-old set career lows in all major receiving categories. It'll be interesting to see whether Carolina decides to bring him back for the 2019 campaign.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|2||09/13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|6||10/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|8||10/27||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|10||11/10||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|12||11/24||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|17||12/29||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||50||24||296||2||12||12.33||41|