NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
2-4-0 7-10-0
2-4-0 5-12-0

2021 Receiving

Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Longest Reception
Regular Season 6 104 17.3 0 63

Top Shi Smith News

  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Back from COVID list

    Smith was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

    The wide receiver missed Sunday's season finale against the Buccaneers after being placed on the COVID list Thursday. Smith finished his rookie campaign with six catches for 104 yards while appearing in six games in 2021.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Won't play in finale

    Carolina didn't activate Smith (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Unsurprisingly, Smith wasn't able to clear the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol for the Week 18 contest after he was placed on the list Thursday following his positive test for the virus. Carolina elevated Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement for Smith, who wraps up his rookie season with six receptions for 104 yards and no touchdowns across 11 targets over his six appearances.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Goes on COVID-19 list

    Carolina placed Smith (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Smith was a candidate to step in as Carolina's No. 3 receiver for Sunday's season finale in Tampa Bay after Terrace Marshall (foot) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, but the move to the reserve/COVID-19 list will likely deny Smith the opportunity. With both Smith and Marshall on track to sit out Week 18, Brandon Zylstra now looks like the top option to join starters DJ Moore and Robby Anderson (quadriceps) in three-receiver sets.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Hardly involved Sunday

    Smith played just three offensive snaps and didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Saints.

    Smith surprised with three catches for 86 yards in Week 16, but he wasn't one of three Carolina receivers to see significant playing time Sunday. However, he did match Brandon Zylstra in featuring for three offensive snaps, despite Zylstra usually occupying a larger role prior to a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Whether he's fourth or fifth on the depth chart now, though, Smith's upside remains minimal ahead of Week 18's game versus the Buccaneers.

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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Leads team in receiving

    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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  • Panthers' Shi Smith: Inactive Sunday

    Smith (coach's decision) is out Sunday against the Falcons, David Newton of reports.

    Smith was active in Week 12 against the Dolphins, playing 14 snaps on offense but never seeing a target. The Panthers have decided to go back to fellow wide receiver, Terrace Marshall, who was a healthy scratch in Week 12.

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  • 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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Player Bio

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