Smith completed 33 of 46 passes for 292 yards without a touchdown or turnover while adding 14 yards on four carries in Sunday's 21-9 loss to the Colts. Washington's running game couldn't get anything going, and Smith was stuck checking the ball down. He took care of the ball as usual, but he failed to lead the offense into the end zone and managed only 6.3 yards per attempts after posting a robust 8.5 in his Redskins debut. While Andrew Luck threw for only 179 yards to Smith's 292, Indianapolis' ability to convert three times in the red zone was the difference in the game.
Smith completed 21 of 30 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-6 road win over the Cardinals. Smith added 14 yards on eight carries, including a kneel down in victory formation to close out his first regular-season appearance for the Redskins. His efficient performance helped Washington dominate possession, which contributed to a 26-96-1 rushing line for 33-year-old Adrian Peterson. There was no clear preference in terms of pass-game options, with six Washington players drawing between three and seven targets. Chris Thompson and Jordan Reed scored the touchdowns, while Peterson accounted for the only gain of more than 23 yards. Smith will be well positioned for another efficient performance when the Redskins host the Colts in Week 2.
Smith completed three of eight passes for 33 yards in Friday's preseason game against Denver. Washington used the early portion of the game to evaluate Adrian Peterson, who took 11 carries for 56 yards on the four drives Smith played. With Jordan Reed (toe), Jamison Crowder (groin) and Chris Thompson (leg) all held out, Smith directed seven of his eight passes to either Vernon Davis or Paul Richardson. We probably won't see Smith again until Week 1, at which point he should have Reed, Crowder and Thompson back at his disposal for a road game in Arizona.
Smith is likely to get extended playing time in Friday's preseason game against Denver, Rick Snider of The Washington Post reports. Smith was efficient in his Washington debut last week against the Jets, completing four of six passes for 48 yards to set up a chip-shot field goal on the lone drive he played. He'll likely get far more snaps Friday, but he'll be facing a tougher defense and may not have Jamison Crowder (groin), Jordan Reed (toe) or Chris Thompson (leg) at his disposal. Of course, Washington's rushing game will be the real storyline, with 33-year-old Adrian Peterson set to join Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine (ankle) and Thompson in the backfield.
Smith will sign a four-year contract extension with the Redskins, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Smith was heading into the final year of his contract with Kansas City but will now be under contract with Washington until 2022. At the earliest, the extension will be signed at the beginning of the new league year, March 14, which is when the trade will officially go through. The specifics of the extension remain unknown but look for those details to emerge over the next couple of weeks.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||Green Bay Packers||26||26.50|
|5||10/09||@New Orleans Saints||30||33.50|
|8||10/28||@New York Giants||8||15.50|
|10||11/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||27.00|
|14||12/09||New York Giants||8||15.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||66.6||3677||20||7||329||3||308|