The Panthers weren't content after acquiring Smith in a March trade with the Eagles, subsequently signing Jarius Wright and then drafting Moore at No. 24 overall. The 29-year-old speedster still figures to be in the mix for a starting job, but he'll likely serve as a low-volume deep threat, just as he did in San Francisco and Philadelphia the past three seasons. Moore, Damiere Byrd and Curtis Samuel (ankle) can all offer a similar element of speed, and the Panthers also return their leading receiver from last season, Devin Funchess.
The Eagles are well over the salary cap in advance of the new league year, so this transaction is no surprise. Getting compensation in the form of a young defensive back is merely icing on the cake. On the Panthers' side of the equation, Smith will slot in as one of Cam Newton's top targets, pending moves made in free agency and the draft. In seven seasons as a pro, Smith has averaged 16.4 YPC, but that number has fallen to 12.4 YPC the past two years.
Smith hauled in five of nine pass attempts for 49 yards in Sunday's 41-33 win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
He tied Zach Ertz for second on the team in targets, after Nelson Agholor's 11. It marked the third straight game the seven-year veteran had seen increased targets from Nick Foles. For Smith, an up-and-down season ends on a high note, as he had also been seeing an uptick in targets when Carson Wentz went down in Week 14 before having to re-establish his rapport with Foles. The 29-year-old finished the regular season with just 430 yards and two touchdowns and only one game of over 70 yards receiving. A rebound in 2018 is unlikely as the Eagles' receiving corps will remain crowded, with Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins likely to take even more work away from Smith.
Smith caught two of three pass attempts for 17 yards in Sunday's 34-29 win over the Giants.
After seeing his rapport build with Carson Wentz over the last several weeks, Smith's role was drastically reduced with Nick Foles under center, although the seven-year vet did edge Nelson Agholor in snaps, 51 to 49. The 28-year-old also managed to draw a pass interference penalty on a deep ball that set up the Eagles' first touchdown of the day two plays later. It will be tough to count on him against Oakland in Week 16.
Smith caught six of 11 targets for 100 yards in Sunday's 43-35 win over the Rams.
Smith tied for the team lead in targets and led the way in receiving yardage, thanks in large part to a 46-yard gain to set up a field goal before halftime. He set season highs in every major category in this one, reaching 100 receiving yards for the first time since Week 2 of the 2015 campaign. Though Smith's involvement has trended upward of late, it remains to be seen how his fantasy stock would be impacted if Carson Wentz (knee) is forced to miss time.
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