Smith hauled in his lone target for 10 yards in Monday's 36-22 win over the Colts.
Smith isn't a big enough part of Tennessee's passing game yet to be considered more than a touchdown-dependent flier. He was targeted on only one of returning quarterback Marcus Mariota's (hamstring) 32 passes while five separate receivers all had at least four balls thrown their way. Despite scoring two touchdowns already, the rookie tight end is yet to gain more than 30 yards in a game.
Smith secured all five of his targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to Miami.
Smith did most of his damage near the line of scrimmage as Tennessee's offense failed to generate a play longer than 17 yards without quarterback Marcus Mariota (hamstring). Backup Matt Cassel relied heavily on the tight end position, with starter Delanie Walker turning five targets into 25 yards and third-stringer Phillip Supernaw catching the team's lone touchdown. Supernaw's no threat to Smith's playing time, as the rookie has established himself as a nice secondary weapon with 75 yards and two scores over the past three weeks.
Smith hauled in a 24-yard touchdown on one of his two targets in Sunday's 33-27 win over the Seahawks.
Tennessee's tight end of the future has shown plenty of ability in the present with touchdown catches in consecutive weeks. The rookie's still operating primarily in two tight end sets with Delanie Walker clearly topping the depth chart, but Smith's starting to work his way into the standard league discussion nonetheless thanks to his nose for the end zone.
Smith caught two of three targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-16 win at Jacksonville.
Smith's 32-yard score in the fourth quarter was the first touchdown of his career and the only one thrown by quarterback Marcus Mariota through two games this season. The rookie tight end remains the clear-cut No. 2 option at the position behind veteran Delanie Walker, who led the team with 61 receiving yards and found pay dirt on the ground. Smith's value is capped as long as Walker stays healthy, but his long-term upside is undeniable.
Smith caught five of seven targets for 47 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Smith showed why the Titans used a third-round pick on him in April's draft, as the rookie frequently found holes in the middle of the defense and ultimately finished the day with a game-high five receptions. Though he's admittedly stuck behind the ultra-reliable Delanie Walker for the time being, Smith will make it hard for the coaching staff to keep him off the field if he continues producing. His next chance to shine will come Sunday against the Bears.
|7||10/22/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|11||11/16/17||@ PIT||8:25 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ SF||4:25 pm|