Smallwood is struggling early in training camp, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com reports.
After spending much of last season as a healthy inactive, Smallwood seems to be competing for a single roster spot with Donnel Pumphrey, Matt Jones (undisclosed) and Josh Adams. Early reports from training camp suggest Pumphrey, a 2017 fourth-round pick, is making a strong case to stick on the team. Smallwood apparently isn't doing himself any favors and could have tough time sticking on the roster unless one of Jay Ajai, Corey Clement or Darren Sproles suffers a significant injury.
That may be so, but it doesn't change the fact that Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement -- in that order -- are positioned atop the depth chart. Smallwood had 22 carries and five receptions between Weeks 3 and 4 last season, but he then missed two games with a knee injury, and eventually became a healthy scratch behind Ajayi, Clement, LeGarrette Blount and Kenjon Barber. The Eagles lost Blount and haven't re-signed Barber, but they do have interest in bringing back Darren Sproles (knee, arm). Smallwood may end up competing for a roster spot in training camp, even if Pederson believes he's a solid player.
Smallwood is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Dressing for the first time since Nov. 5, Smallwood appears well positioned to take on a healthy workload with Jay Ajayi (coach's decision) inactive and the Eagles unlikely to lean heavily on key backs LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement for a regular-season finale that doesn't carry playoff implications. With that in mind, Smallwood and pass-catching threat Kenjon Barner could end up seeing the bulk of the snaps out of the backfield, with the former likely representing the superior fantasy option.
Smallwood could end up getting the lion's share of carries in Sunday's game against the Cowboys with the Eagles likely to limit the usage of most of their key running backs, Paul Domowitch of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Eagles are locked in as the NFC's No. 1 seed for the postseason and don't have much incentive to play their starters deep into the regular-season finale and risk injury, so there's a strong possibility that head coach Doug Pederson will turn over the game to the backups early on. With that in mind, Domowitch speculates that Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement won't play much - if at all -- Sunday, which would pave the way for Smallwood and Kenjon Barner to see some extended snaps. The mid-season acquisition of Ajayi has largely rendered Smallwood an afterthought for Philadelphia -- he's been inactive in seven of the last 10 games -- but the latter profiles as an intriguing punt play in DFS contests. In addition to averaging a respectable 4.0 yards per carry for his career, Smallwood has proven adept as a pass catcher when on the field.
Smallwood (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's road contest against the Rams, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Now with four consecutive DNPs, Smallwood likely won't see the field again this season unless the Eagles have locked down a particular playoff spot or an injury strikes somewhere in the backfield. Expect the trio of LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement to receive most of the carries yet again.
|P2||8/16/18||@ NE||7:30 pm|
|P3||8/23/18||@ CLE||8:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/11/18||@ NYG||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|