Smythe is expected to compete with rookie third-round pick Hunter Long for the backup spot at tight end behind Mike Gesicki in training camp, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Smythe took a major step forward as a receiver in 2020 with 26 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns, eclipsing the total production from his first two years in the league. However, Smythe and Gesicki are both entering the final seasons of their rookie contracts, which may have prompted the Dolphins to select Long in the third round. Gesicki has 104 receptions for 1,273 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past two years and is a prime extension candidate, while Smythe will need to hold off Long in order to remain Miami's No. 2 tight end.
Smythe caught all three of his targets for 23 yards during Week 17's 56-26 loss to the Bills. Smythe handled his usual role in the passing game behind Mike Gesicki during last Sunday's blowout loss, while also contributing as a blocker in the running game. Through 15 games in 2020, Smythe caught 26 of 29 targets for 208 yards and two targets. He stands to reprise a similar gig during the 2021 campaign, while playing out the final year of his rookie deal with the Dolphins.
Smythe secured all five of his targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 22-12 win over the Patriots. Smythe's stat line wouldn't normally be too notable, but with all of DeVante Parker (hamstring), Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) sidelined, his 40 yards were enough to pace Miami's receiving corps. If Gesicki can't return in time for Miami's Dec. 26 road game against the Raiders, Smythe and Adam Shaheen will both be in line to handle increased roles again.
Smythe hauled in two of three targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Chiefs. Smythe once again played a depth role while Mike Gesicki (5-65-2) was showcased as Miami's clear No. 1 receiving tight end, logging his second straight game with two catches. However, Gesicki was forced out late due to a shoulder injury and may be forced to miss time. If Gesicki does end up sitting out Week 15's game against New England, Smythe and Adam Shaheen would both be candidates to handle increased workloads.
Smythe caught all three of his targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jets. Smythe has now recorded a catch in six of his last seven games, confirmation that his involvement on offense (albeit in a depth capacity) hasn't been a fluke. Still, his lack of consistent volume and scoring upside keeps him off the fantasy radar as a streaming option in most formats.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||6||2.00|
|5||10/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||7.00|
|11||11/21||@New York Jets||11||4.00|
|13||12/05||New York Giants||30||12.00|
|15||12/19||New York Jets||11||4.00|
|16||12/27||@New Orleans Saints||13||4.00|
|18||01/09||New England Patriots||2||1.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||18||13||108||1||6||8.31||16|