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July 30, 2021 01:44 PM
Falcons' Lee Smith: Back on practice field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (undisclosed) returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports.

Smith was back on the field working with fellow tight ends Friday. If the veteran manages to make Atlanta's roster, he'll likely find himself handling a reserve blocking role.

July 28, 2021 12:20 PM
Falcons' Lee Smith: Headed to COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

The team acquired Smith as depth for their tight end room in March. He's a 10-year veteran, though he could have a hard time making the team with Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst ahead of him on the depth chart.

March 17, 2021 12:20 PM
Falcons' Lee Smith: Heading to Atlanta
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was traded to Atlanta for late-round draft compensation Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Smith is a 10-year veteran, and he's spent six of them with Buffalo. He's been primarily a backup and blocking tight end, as he's reached double-digit receptions in a season only twice in his career. He's likely to fill a similar role in Atlanta behind Hayden Hurst and Luke Stocker.

December 19, 2020 11:20 PM
Bills' Lee Smith: Active versus Broncos
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (knee) is active for Saturday's game in Denver.

Smith was officially listed as questionable after having been limited in practice all week, but he'll be available against Denver. With Tyler Kroft (coach's decision) a healthy scratch again, Smith will be Buffalo's only available depth tight end behind Dawson Knox.

December 9, 2020 01:00 AM
Bills' Lee Smith: Misses lone target
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith failed to catch his only target during Monday's 34-24 win over the 49ers.

The 33-year-old played a season-high 25 offensive snaps but was minimally involved in the passing game despite Josh Allen attempting 40 passes. Smith appears to have taken over duties as Buffalo's No. 2 tight end from Tyler Kroft, but it hasn't led to much production, as he's been a blocker his entire NFL career.

October 30, 2020 02:48 PM
Bills' Lee Smith: Comes off COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bills activated Smith (illness) off the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Smith's return will provide Buffalo with some much-needed depth at tight end after he and position mates Dawson Knox (illness) and Tommy Sweeney (illness) were all placed on the COVID-19 list last Saturday. In the two appearances Smith logged this season, he mostly contributed on special teams.

October 24, 2020 03:16 PM
Bills' Lee Smith: Goes to COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, the Bills' official site reports.

It's important to note Smith has not necessarily tested positive for the virus, but because he's been deemed to have been in close contact with fellow tight end Dawson Knox -- who tested positive for COVID-19 -- Smith has been placed on the list due to league protocol. This also leaves the Bills in a bit of a pickle for Sunday's game against the Jets -- as it stands right now, Tyler Kroft is the only tight end set for action.

October 4, 2020 03:12 PM
Bills' Lee Smith: Healthy scratch Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Smith caught a one-yard touchdown on his only offensive snap during last week's win over the Rams, but he won't play Week 4 with Dawson Knox (concussion) good to go. Tyler Kroft will operate as Buffalo's secondary tight end Sunday.

May 14, 2019 04:16 PM
Bills' Lee Smith: Returns to Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith agreed to terms on a three-year, $9 million contract with the Bills on Monday.

It will be the second stint in the Queen City for Smith, who previously played for the Bills from 2011-14. The 31-year-old was released by the Raiders on May 2 and spent less then two weeks looking for a new home. Smith is best known for his blocking, with only 56 catches in 107 career games (66 starts). His presence on the roster may leave Jason Croom, Tommy Sweeney and Jake Fisher battling for one spot, as the Bills also have Tyler Kroft and rookie third-round pick Dawson Knox.

May 2, 2019 05:36 PM
Lee Smith: Cut by Raiders
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was released by the Raiders on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Though now over 31 years old, Smith was still considered one of the better blocking tight ends in the league and his release only clears about $2.6 million in cap space. Regardless of the motive for his dismissal, there's now more of an opportunity for Luke Willson, Darren Waller and fourth-round rookie Foster Moreau to see expanded roles in 2019. Meanwhile, Smith should have no problem landing a new contract in advance of training camp. The Patriots, Texans, Rams and Jaguars all seem like good fits.

January 18, 2019 05:36 PM
Raiders' Lee Smith: Catches three touchdowns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith caught 10 of 11 targets for 73 yards and three touchdowns while playing all 16 games in 2018.

Smith entered the season with only four career touchdowns but had three straight games with a score late in 2018. The veteran tight end has yet to reach 100 receiving yards in a single season as he enters the second year of his contract in Oakland.

December 25, 2018 09:44 PM
Raiders' Lee Smith: Scoring streak ends
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith wasn't targeted in the passing game Monday in the Raiders' 27-14 win over the Broncos.

Smith entered the Monday night matchup with touchdowns in the three straight contests, but that production was never likely to be sustained after it came on only three total targets. When the Raiders' lone goal-line opportunity arose early in the fourth quarter, the team declined to look Smith's way and instead handed the ball off to Jalen Richard, who jaunted three yards into the end zone to extend the Oakland lead to 16 points. Expect Smith to function mostly as a blocker in Oakland's season finale against the Chiefs this weekend.

December 14, 2018 10:28 PM
Raiders' Lee Smith: Shakes injury tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (back) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Bengals, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Smith was a limited participant in the final two practices this week but the issues won't affect his game status. The eighth-year pro works mainly in a run-blocking role as Jared Cook takes over as the pass catcher.

December 13, 2018 06:56 PM
Raiders' Lee Smith: Added to injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was limited during Thursday's practice due to a back injury.

Smith was a new addition to the Raiders' injury report Thursday after practicing in full Wednesday, though his back issue doesn't appear to be too severe. If he's unable to go Sunday against the Bengals, however, Derek Carrier could see additional reps behind starting tight end Jared Cook.

December 10, 2018 05:56 PM
Raiders' Lee Smith: Adds another touchdown reception
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith caught his lone target for a three-yard touchdown in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Steelers.

Smith's second score in as many weeks put the Raiders ahead of the Steelers with just over five minutes to play during Sunday's tilt. Fellow tight end Jared Cook exploded for over 100 yards receiving again, but both Smith and Derek Carrier were able to vulture touchdown receptions. Smith's streak of finding the end zone may very well come to an end in Week 15 against the Bengals, but he should continue to provide the Raiders with real-life value as a blocker.

December 3, 2018 03:40 PM
Raiders' Lee Smith: Notches first TD since 2015
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith caught a one-yard touchdown pass on his lone target during Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Chiefs.

The Chiefs left Smith wide open in the end zone after the Raiders lined up in goal-line formation on the one-yard line during their fourth-quarter comeback attempt. Smith, who is primarily used as a blocking tight end behind starter Jared Cook, secured his first score since 2015. He's now caught at least one pass in three straight games, but shouldn't foster attention from a fantasy perspective while Cook is healthy.

November 26, 2018 07:56 PM
Raiders' Lee Smith: Collects 39 receiving yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith caught two passes on as many targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Ravens.

Smith is primarily used as a blocker, but the backup tight end has caught a pair of passes in each of the Raiders' past two contests after a five-game drought. His role should remain limited in Week 13 against the Chiefs with starter Jared Cook at full strength.

October 1, 2018 10:48 AM
Raiders' Lee Smith: Catches three passes against Browns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith caught three of four targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 45-42 overtime win over the Browns.

Smith had yet to be targeted all season heading into Week 4, but the backup tight end finally hauled in three passes while quarterback Derek Carr notched 58 attempts. Smith will continue to serve primarily as a blocker while Jared Cook retains his duty as the pass-catching tight end.

September 17, 2018 12:28 PM
Raiders' Lee Smith: Has yet to be targeted
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was on the field for 22 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos, but he remains without a single target through the first two weeks of the regular season.

Smith continues to fill in as a blocker behind starting tight end Jared Cook, as the former has yet to see a single target from Derek Carr. Fellow backup TE Derek Carrier has recorded three receptions for 25 yards on four targets in two games.

March 14, 2018 07:20 PM
Raiders' Lee Smith: Re-signs with Raiders
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee re-signed with the Raiders on a three-year contract Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of the Mercury News reports.

Just a day after Oakland signed fellow tight end Derek Carrier, the team brings back it's top blocking tight end from a season ago in Lee. Carrier also projects as a blocking specialist, so Jared Cook remains the Raiders' most legitimate receiving threat from the position.

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