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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
1-1-0 8-3-0
1-2-0 5-6-0
2-0-0 5-7-0
1-2-0 5-7-0

2021 Receiving

Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Longest Reception
Regular Season 3 18 6.0 0 16

Top Shi Smith News

  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Healthy scratch Sunday

    Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Smith didn't see the field in last week's loss to the Patriots, and he'll be unavailable Sunday. The rookie has had a minimal impact for the Panthers to begin the 2021 campaign.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Should have larger role Week 7

    Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said he expects Smith to play at least 15 snaps in Sunday's game against the Giants, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

    A healthy inactive through the Panthers' first five games, Smith, a rookie sixth-round pick, finally got the chance to make his NFL debut in last week's 34-28 overtime loss to the Vikings. He took eight snaps on offense in that contest, drawing two targets and recording two receptions for 20 yards. With Terrace Marshall (concussion) having been ruled out for Sunday's game and with Alex Erickson (concussion) listed as questionable, Smith is the only healthy receiver on the roster aside from starters DJ Moore and Robby Anderson. As such, Smith should be the top candidate to join Moore and Anderson when the Panthers roll out three-wide formations, though Carolina is also expected to make frequent use of two-tight end sets featuring Ian Thomas and Tommy Tremble. A true starting role might not be on tap for Smith, but the projected spike in his snaps could be enough to make him an intriguing, cost-effective option to fill out a DFS lineup.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Involved in debut

    Smith caught both of his targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 34-28 overtime loss to the Vikings.

    Smith, a rookie sixth-rounder, played eight offensive snaps and seven on special teams in his NFL debut. Along with his receptions, Smith returned a kickoff for 24 yards. With fellow first-year wideout Terrace Marshall now in concussion protocol, Smith stands a decent chance to remain active in Week 7 versus the Giants.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Set for NFL debut

    Smith is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

    Smith was a healthy scratch for the first five games of the season, but he's active for Sunday and is set to make his professional debut. The rookie sixth-round pick is unlikely to be much of a factor in the offense since Carolina's receiving corps is currently in full health, though he could be a factor in the return game.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Healthy scratch Thursday

    Smith (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Thursday at Houston, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Smith has been tending to a shoulder issue since Carolina's preseason finale, which was expected to keep him out for 2-to-3 weeks. But since coming off the practice report entirely this week, his pro debut still awaits. Smith may need an injury to a wide receiver ahead of him on the depth chart to do so.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Not ready for game action

    Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for the Panthers' Week 2 matchup against the Saints, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Smith returned from a shoulder injury to fully practice Wednesday after being sidelined by the issue since Aug. 28. However, reports suggested that he might not get enough work in to be active in Week 2. It's unclear when he may be ready to take the field for his first regular-season contest.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Status remains uncertain

    Smith (shoulder) returned to practice fully Wednesday, though it's not clear he will play in week 2 against the Saints, David Newton of reports.

    Smith has been sidelined since the team's final preseason game on Aug. 28. That he returned to full practice is a positive, though it could take the rookie some time to ramp back up to be ready for game action.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Sitting out opener

    Smith (shoulder) won't play Sunday against the Jets, David Newton of reports.

    Smith's regular-season debut will be put on hold as the 2021 sixth-round pick nurses a shoulder injury. His next chance to take the field will come in Week 2 against the Saints.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Misses second consecutive practice

    Smith (shoulder) remained a non-participant in Thursday's practice, David Netwon of reports.

    Smith remains sidelined by the shoulder injury he suffered in Carolina's preseason finale. The rookie sixth-round pick will likely need to practice in some capacity Friday to have a shot at suiting up against the Jets come Sunday.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Doesn't practice Wednesday

    Smith (shoulder) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

    Smith was forced out of the Panthers' preseason finale Aug. 28 against the Steelers with a shoulder injury, which later was accompanied by a prognosis of 2-to-3 weeks on the sideline. Thus, it's no surprise he didn't take the field for the first session of Week 1, but if he's trending toward the front end of that timeline he still may be able to play Sunday against the Jets. Smith's activity is worth monitoring Thursday and Friday to see if he puts himself in that position.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Out multiple weeks

    Smith (shoulder) will be out at least 2-3 weeks, but the Panthers won't place him on injured reserve, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    Smith suffered a shoulder injury making a catch in the fourth quarter of the Panthers' preseason finale. The injury ended what was otherwise a promising preseason campaign from the sixth-round rookie, and he looks to be a roster lock even with the setback. When healthy, he will likely slot in behind Terrace Marshall and David Moore as the No. 5 wideout in Carolina.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Suffers shoulder injury

    Smith caught two of three targets for 21 yards prior to exiting with a shoulder injury in Friday night's 34-9 preseason win over the Steelers.

    Smith was forced to leave after making a catch during the fourth quarter. Afterward, coach Matt Rhule said Smith's injury seemed "significant," Joseph Person of The Athletic reports. Following a promising preseason run, that issue could stunt the rookie sixth-rounder Smith's availability and open a roster spot at the bottom of Carolina's receiving corps.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Makes tough catch in debut

    Smith caught his only target for 26 yards in Sunday's 21-18 preseason loss to the Colts.

    Smith, Carolina's sixth-round pick this year, impressed by holding onto his lone target while taking a big hit from the opposing safety along the sideline. That play not only gave Smith a highlight from his exhibition debut, but also set the Panthers up in the red zone ahead of their only touchdown of the game. That contribution should help Smith's chances of earning the team's fifth wideout job ahead of this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Union, SC
Age: 23
School: South Carolina