The Steelers have signed Smallwood to a one-year contract, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Smallwood saw limited action with Washington in 2019, but he adds some depth to Pittsburgh's backfield. The 26-year-old, who came into the NFL in 2016 as a fifth-round draft pick of the Eagles, will look to carve out a third-down/kick return role with the Steelers, who also roster fellow running backs James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell, Anthony McFarland and Kerrith Whyte.
Smallwood took three carries for five yards in Sunday's 47-16 loss to Dallas, finishing the 2019 season with 22 carries for 81 yards and nine catches for 64 yards in 15 games.
Smallwood handled passing-down work while Chris Thompson dealt with a toe injury throughout much of October and November, but the 25-year-old ultimately played more snaps on special teams (221) than he did on offense (135). Thompson and Smallwood both are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, while Derrius Guice (knee), Adrian Peterson and Bryce Love (knee) remain under contract with Washington.
Smallwood didn't log an offensive snap in Sunday's 37-27 loss to the Eagles.
Smallwood contributed on special teams, but Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson garnered all the offensive duties. Over 13 games this year, Smallwood has rushed 19 times for 76 yards and caught nine passes for 64 yards.
Smallwood carried twice for four yards during Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Packers.
Derrius Guice went down with a knee injury during the first half, but Smallwood still only ended up playing two offensive snaps. Guice was already ruled out Week 15 and could be sidelined longer, which could allow Smallwood to be worked into the offense. However, opportunities figure to be scarce if Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson remain healthy.
Smallwood (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game in Carolina.
The Redskins are welcoming back pass-catching back Chris Thompson for the first time since Week 6, and with Derrius Guice available to the backfield, the Redskins have made Smallwood a healthy scratch. Without an injury to Thompson, Guice or Adrian Peterson, this may be Smallwood's reality for the foreseeable future.
Smallwood didn't have any carries and caught his lone target for a three-yard gain in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Lions.
Smallwood worked behind Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson, while Chris Thompson (toe) missed another game. Smallwood could be a healthy scratch if Thompson makes it back for Week 13 at Carolina.
Smallwood caught one of three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Jets.
Smallwood got some work on passing downs, but it was Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice who handled all of the backfield carries. Smallwood may drop out of the offense entirely before the end of the season, especially if Chris Thompson (toe) ever gets healthy. Next up for Washington is a Week 12 matchup with the Lions.
Smallwood logged five rushing yards on two carries and hauled in two of his three targets for minus-2 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-9 loss to Buffalo.
Adrian Peterson dominated the workload, garnering 90 percent of the running back carries in Dwayne Haskins' NFL starting debut and leaving Smallwood with limited opportunities against a solid Bills defense. Smallwood remains second in Washington's running back rotation for the time being, though Chris Thompson (toe) and Derrius Guice (knee) each have a chance of being reactivated by the time Washington takes the field again Nov. 17 against the Jets.
Smallwood ran for nine yards on two carries and added an 11-yard reception during Thursday's 19-9 loss to Minnesota.
Even with Chris Thompson (toe) out of commission, Smallwood was unable to build on Week 7's 41-yard outing. On the season, Smallwood has been pretty efficient in limited touches with 4.5 yards per carry and 10.4 yards per catch, but in Week 9 he runs up against both Buffalo's third-ranked defense, and the possibility that Thompson will return to action.
Smallwood will serve as Washington's primary backup running back Week 8 with Chris Thompson (toe) ruled out, Zach Selby of the team's official site reports.
Interim coach Bill Callahan said Monday that Smallwood "played really well" versus the 49ers in Week 7, and he praised the 2016 fifth-round pick's performance in the passing game. Smallwood accumulated a team-high 41 scrimmage yards during the loss. With Adrian Peterson (ankle) listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against the Vikings, Smallwood could be called upon to slot into the starting role rather than serving as only a change-of-pace complement.
Smallwood carried the ball five times for 23 yards and caught his only target for 18 yards in Sunday's 9-0 loss to the 49ers.
The 41 scrimmage yards were actually the second-highest total of any Washington player on the afternoon, as offense was at a premium in a steady downpour and on a muddy field. Smallwood's role going forward will largely depend on the health of Chris Thompson (toe), but if he does provide a pass-catching complement to Adrian Peterson again in Week 8, expect a little more volume for Smallwood in better conditions.
Offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell said Friday that he has confidence in Smallwood's ability to fill the injured Chris Thompson's (toe) usual duties on passing downs Week 7 against the 49ers, Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins' official site reports.
The oft-injured Thompson will miss his first game of the season Sunday, opening the door for Smallwood to see an enhanced role on offense after the bulk of his snaps came on special teams in the first six weeks. Though Smallwood will likely struggle to match the 4.5 catches per game and 10.2 yards per reception Thompson has delivered to date, the former still represents a much better option in the passing game than the only other healthy back on the roster, Adrian Peterson. Washington may still promote Craig Reynolds from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game, but his lack of prior NFL experience is probably enough to keep him behind Smallwood in the backfield hierarchy.
Smallwood gained four yards on his lone carry of Sunday's 17-16 win over the Dolphins.
Coming off a six-touch game in Week 5, Smallwood was mostly an afterthought Sunday as Adrian Peterson rumbled for a season-best game. The good news for Smallwood is that he may be in line for an uptick in touches should Chris Thompson (toe) miss Sunday's contest. The bad news is that that game is against the 49ers, the sixth-best run defense in the league surrendering just 87.2 yards per game.
Smallwood carried the ball six times for 27 yards during Sunday's 33-7 loss to New England.
Smallwood garnered more touches Sunday than the rest of his 2019 season combined Sunday. It's telling, however, that all six came in the second half and four of them came during the final four plays of the game, with Washington just looking to just exit unscathed. Washington is now being led by long-time offensive-line coach Bill Callahan and are up against a Miami defense surrendering a league-high 175.8 rushing yards per game, but Smallwood is unlikely to get many of those carries when they matter most.
Smallwood had one carry for four yards and two catches for nine yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Dallas.
Adrian Peterson got the carries (10) and the lone backfield touchdown, while Chris Thompson caught five of eight targets for 48 yards. Smallwood played 26 percent of snaps on offense, but two of his three touches occurred late in the fourth quarter when Washington was down by 17 points. His role isn't likely to be much bigger Week 3 against Chicago.
Coach Jay Gruden said Sunday Smallwood will be involved in the offense on a situational basis for Sunday's game against Dallas, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.
With a multitude of injuries to the defense, Gruden added he wants to use a ball-control offense to churn clock and keep his defense off the field for Week 2. With that, Smallwood could see a few carries behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson on Sunday, and even be evolved in the passing game. In any event, it's likely Smallwood's involvement in the offense isn't enough to warrant serious fantasy consideration until he's used more consistently.
Smallwood played zero snaps on offense and 19 on special teams in Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Eagles.
Smallwood faced his former team exactly a week after being claimed off waivers. His inclusion on the active roster over Adrian Peterson (healthy scratch) was controversial among veterans on the Washington roster, though it's standard for NFL coaches to prioritize special-teams value for the No. 3 running back spot. Even if he's active again, Smallwood isn't likely to see work on offense Week 2 against the Cowboys.
The Redskins claimed Smallwood off waivers from the Eagles on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
It may not be a coincidence that the Redskins are claiming a player from the team they face Week 1. Even if it is, Smallwood will land at the bottom of the depth chart, behind Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. The Redskins cut fellow running back Byron Marshall to make room for Smallwood on the 53-man roster, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
The Eagles waived Smallwood on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Smallwood has been a decent enough fill-in for the Eagles, averaging 4.0 yards per carry over three seasons. With this move, he'll likely be on the radar of RB-needy teams.
Smallwood rushed seven times for 23 yards and caught one of two targets for minus-1 yard while losing a fumble in Thursday's preseason finale against the Jets.
Philadelphia's entire offense couldn't get much going in the 6-0 loss, but Smallwood was the team's busiest running back, with none of the other guys getting more than three touches. Given the breakdown in workload, it appears likely that Smallwood will lock down one of the Eagles' final roster spots over the likes of Josh Adams. He'll still be sweating on cut day, though.
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