Smith caught his lone target for a four-yard gain in Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.
Smith has now caught five of six targets this year, none of which went for more than four yards. The 28-year-old fullback's main contributions are on special teams, where he is tied for third on the team with five tackles.
Smith announced that he has been cleared to enter team facilities after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list July 29, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The veteran fullback is one of seven Atlanta players to have so far landed on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list, but now he rejoins the Falcons' backfield in Flowery Branch as the team sits one month away from kicking off its season against Seattle. Smith certainly wasn't a down-in, down-out kind of player during his debut campaign in Atlanta last year, but he was more heavily utilized than the vast majority of modern fullbacks. He ranked sixth in the NFL in offensive snap percentage among fullbacks during 2019 (16.6 percent) and enters 2020 as a key fixture towards Atlanta's directive of improving the ground attack.
Smith tested positive for the coronavirus and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Atlanta will be without the services of its top fullback for the early stages of the abbreviated offseason program, after Smith joined teammates Jamal Carter and Jaylinn Hawkins on the inactive/COVID list. Smith was reportedly asymptomatic, emphasizing the importance of the league's mandated "two negative test" policy, which ensures that players show to be clear of COVID-19 on two separate occasions before being allowed into team facilities. The 28-year-old fullback will be delayed in acclimating to in-person activities this summer, but Atlanta averts potential disaster by catching the issue up front and preventing further spread to the locker room.
Smith and the Falcons agreed to terms on a three-year extension Saturday.
Smith is one of the few true fullbacks remaining in the NFL, but he doesn't have to worry about finding a home through the 2022 campaign. The veteran doesn't contribute much in the box score, but he will pave the way for Devonta Freeman and the rest of Atlanta's backs.
Smith ran for eight yards on five carries and registered a 13-yard reception during his debut season with Atlanta in 2019.
The former Cowboy and Raider was not granted a single goal-line carry during 2019, but he did account for five yards on his two red-zone rush attempts. Smith was one of the more highly utilized full backs in the NFL this season, ranking sixth at the position with 198 total snaps. Among qualified players, Smith also placed as Pro Football Focus' eighth-best run-blocking fullback, a surprisingly high mark given that the Falcons finished 30th in rush offense as a team. His one-year contract expires over the offseason, leaving Atlanta with a decision to make on the 27-year-old Smith.
Smith signed a one-year deal with the Falcons on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Smith was surprisingly let go by the Raiders over the weekend but didn't take long to find a new team. The 27-year-old had only one carry and five receptions in 16 games last season while serving as a blocking fullback.
Smith (knee) practiced Tuesday and was removed from the Raiders' non-football injury list, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Smith is coming off a torn meniscus and appears to be nearing a return to full health. The veteran fullback projects to play a key blocking role in Oakland's offense and contribute on special teams.
Smith (knee) was placed on the Raiders' NFI list Friday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Smith underwent surgery on his meniscus Wednesday after suffering an injury during a private workout. The 27-year-old is expected to be sidelined for multiple weeks and is uncertain to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Smith (knee) underwent successful surgery on his meniscus Wednesday, Jimmy Durkin of the East Bay Times reports.
Smith is expected to remain sidelined for multiple weeks, but there doesn't seem to be much concern that he'll miss out on any regular-season action. The fullback plays a key role in Oakland's offense as a blocker and special-teams contributor.
Smith suffered a knee injury Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Smith is reportedly expected to miss multiple weeks, so the Raiders could opt to sign another fullback to take blocking reps in training camp as long as he remains sidelined. In 2018, Smith played 291 snaps on special teams and 163 snaps on offense, but he recorded only one carry.
Smith hauled in his lone target for a one-yard gain Monday in the Raiders' 27-14 win over the Broncos.
It was the fullback's first touch since Week 8, underscoring the lack of fantasy value he holds. Smith has tallied 74 total yards from scrimmage and has yet to reach the end zone across 62 career NFL games.
Smith rushed for no gain on his lone carry and caught one pass for two yards in Sunday's 28-20 loss to the Dolphins.
Smith logged his first rushing attempt of the season in Week 3 while bringing his total to four touches through the Raiders' first three games. The fullback was on the field for 25 percent of the team's offensive snaps, but he'll remain irrelevant in most fantasy formats.
Smith caught two of three targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos.
Smith was targeted on three of his nine offensive snaps, but the fullback remains irrelevant in most fantasy formats with Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin and Jalen Richard continuing to lead the Raiders' backfield.
Smith signed a two-year, $4.2 million contract with the Raiders on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Smith heads out to Oakland on a big raise after spending his first fours seasons in Dallas. He has eight receptions for 46 yards over the past two seasons but could potentially see an expanded role on offense in his new home. Smith's main job will be paving the way for Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin, who the Raiders inked to a one-year deal Thursday.
The Cowboys didn't tender Smith a contract for the 2018 season Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Dallas may still attempt to bring him back on a cheaper multi-year deal, but for now Smith is free to sign with any team. The fullback isn't much of a fantasy asset and failed to log a carry in 16 games last season, but did catch all five of his targets for 26 yards.
Smith saw snaps in all 16 games in 2017, failing to get a carry and catching all five of his targets for 26 yards.
The fullback received regular special-teams work, but the Cowboys preferred to use two-tight end sets rather than two-back formations, limiting Smith's usage on offense. Assuming he retains his spot on the roster in 2018, don't expect Smith's role to change.
Smith (knee) was able to participate fully at Wednesday's practice.
Smith dealt with a knee issue during campbut appears to have fully recovered. Barring any setbacks, the fullback should be in line to take the field Sunday night against the Giants.
Smith (knee) is not expected to practice this week, Cowboys' beat writer Keith Smith reports.
The Cowboys likely are exercising caution here. If there was any serious concern they would have already picked up another full back. However, Smith's situation still should be monitored going forward.
Cowboys quarterback Dustin Vaughan, linebacker Keith Smith, linebacker James Anderson, tackle Doug Free, tackle Donald Hawkins, defensive end Kenneth Boatright and defensive tackle Terrell McClain were ruled inactive for Sunday's divisional playoff game at Green Bay.
The Cowboys have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Lions: tackles Doug Free (ankle) and Donald Hawkins, quarterback Dustin Vaughan, linebackers Keith Smith and James Anderson, safety Jakar Hamilton and defensive end Kenneth Boatright.
Free was listed as doubtful to play in the first-round playoff game. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle) and defensive end Tyrone Crawford (illness) are both active after being listed as questionable. The Cowboys will have all nine players listed as probable available Sunday.
Dallas is a 6-point favorite at home against Detroit in the first-round playoff matchup.
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