Smallwood rushed once for three yards in Sunday's 29-23 loss to the Cowboys.
Smallwood relieved Corey Clement after the latter was forced to depart with a knee injury. Each back played just four snaps, so even if Clement misses Week 15's road matchup with the Rams, Smallwood's not looking at a huge increase in playing time. His greatest value is likely as a deep-league insurance policy to Josh Adams or the 35-year-old Darren Sproles.
Smallwood did not touch the ball in Monday night's 28-13 win over Washington.
Smallwood has been on the field for a total of seven offensive plays over the last three weeks and has just one carry for a loss of four yards in that span, including no touches or targets in the last two games. Josh Adams and Corey Clement have seized control of the backfield, and the return of Darren Sproles only serves to bury the 24-year-old further down the depth chart. He can safely be ignored in fantasy until and unless injury strikes.
Smallwood did not record a single carry or target during Sunday's 25-22 win over the Giants.
Smallwood played only one offensive snap during Sunday's divisional contest. Undrafted rookie Josh Adams appears to have emerged as Philadelphia's featured back, and it seems likely that Smallwood's negligible offensive workload will be his new norm. The third-year pro figures to see most of his snaps on special teams during the Eagles' tilt against Washington in Week 13.
Smallwood is expected to see his role within the Eagles' backfield committee decline beginning with Sunday's game against the Giants with the team planning to start Josh Adams and feature him more prominently, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Even before Rapoport reported the news, it was apparent that Smallwood's arrow was pointing down. Though he has paced the team in carries since Jay Ajayi (knee) suffered a season-ending injury in early October, Smallwood was on the field for just four offensive snaps -- his fewest since the opener -- in the Week 11 loss to the Saints. With Smallwood averaging just 4.1 yards per carry on the season and Corey Clement (3.4 YPC) faring even worse, the Eagles seem content to cast their lot with Adams, an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame who has shown some explosiveness in more limited duties to date. Rapoport notes that Smallwood and Clement will both still factor into the Eagles' offensive game plans in some capacity, but usage on par with what he received in Week 11 looks like it could be the new norm for Smallwood.
Smallwood lost four yards on his lone carry and was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 48-7 loss to the Saints.
Smallwood has seen his workload drop dramatically over the past couple games as Josh Adams has emerged, and the third-year vet's only rush of the day came on the last play before halftime. The 24-year-old seems to have also fallen behind Corey Clement, who saw just four touches on the day himself, while Adams saw seven carries and six targets. Of the three, the rookie Adams is the only even somewhat reliable option heading into a Week 12 home matchup with the Giants.
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