Smith ran for 32 yards on four carries, adding two receptions for 13 yards during Sunday's 24-20 win against the Eagles.
Outside of a 28-yard rush late in the third quarter, Smith averaged 1.3 yards on his other three carries against an Eagles defense that has stifled opponents to a meager 85 total rushing yards through Week 2. Be that as it may, Smith's efficiency has skyrocketed in the early going of his sophomore campaign, with his per-carry average increasing from 3.5 as a rookie, to 6.3 yards thus far in 2019. Next up for Smith and the Atlanta backfield is a matchup against a Colts defense that ranks 20th in the NFL with 248 rushing yards allowed this season.
Smith ran for 31 yards on six carries, and accounted for a nine-yard reception during Sunday's 28-12 loss to the Vikings.
A lack of rushing efficiency has been the lone glaring flaw on Smith's resume to this point, as the second-year back has demonstrated proficiency in the passing game (27 receptions for 152 yards as a rookie), while reaching the end zone seven times on 124 preseason and regular-season carries. Prior to Sunday's tilt against Minnesota's menacing defensive front, Smith had averaged just 3.3 yards per attempt for his NFL career, but he kicked off Week 1 with a 16-yard gain on his very first touch, and concluded the afternoon with a team-best 5.2 yards per carry. Week 2's matchup against Philadelphia does not inspire confidence, however, as the Eagles contained Redskins backs Derrius Guice and Chris Thompson to a collective 28 rushing yards on 13 attempts Sunday.
Smith is one of three active running backs on the Falcons' roster Sunday at Minnesota, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
The Falcons opted to hold out Qadree Ollison and Brian Hill, leaving Smith, Devonta Freeman and Kenjon Barner as the sole available RBs. Freeman no doubt will lead the way, but this backfield has been notable for its propensity for two relevant options. With Freeman sidelined for much of last season, Smith served as the No. 2 to the departed Tevin Coleman, yet he averaged 8.4 touches per game, 3.5 yards per carry and 4.8 yards per target in 14 contests.
Smith accounted for 23 yards and a touchdown on five carries, adding one catch for nine yards during Thursday's 19-7 preseason loss to Washington.
The second-year back has now hit paydirt in three of four exhibition outings after enduring a six-game touchdown slump to round out 2018. Concern is centered around his fantasy value being touchdown-dependent, as he's not an elite option out of the backfield in the passing game and ranks well behind second-string competitors Qadree Ollison and Brian Hill with 2.88 yards per carry this preseason.
Smith garnered 13 yards and a touchdown on five rushing attempts and caught all three of his targets for 45 yards during Thursday's 22-10 loss to the Jets in Week 2 of preseason.
Smith got into the end zone for the second straight preseason contest, converting from four yards out in the final minute of the first half. The second-year running back out of Southern Miss has established himself as the front-runner to back up injury-prone starter Devonta Freeman.
Smith collected seven yards and a touchdown on four rush attempts during Thursday's 34-27 loss to Miami.
Thursday night's performance was a protypical outing for Smith, as he proved to be relatively inefficient on a per-carry basis but salvaged a respectable outing by rumbling his way into the end zone on a goal-line rush. Last year he had a touchdown in four games, but averaged 3.9 yards per carry in those contests. Smith, in total, ran for just 3.5 yards per carry as a rookie, and excluding his one-yard touchdown run against the Dolphins, is averaging a hair over 3.0 yards per attempt in the earlygoing of the 2019 preseason. He still seems to be the leader in the clubhouse to serve as the No. 2 option behind Devonta Freeman, but coach Dan Quinn made it clear last Sunday that positioning for the backup running job remains fluid, with Smith, Qadree Ollison and Brian Hill each having a chance to take the reins.
Smith rushed three times for six yards and brought in his only target for six yards in the Falcons' 14-10 preseason loss to the Broncos on Thursday.
Smith couldn't get much going on the ground while in the contest, gaining just two total yards on two of his three carries. The 2018 fourth-round pick is primarily battling fellow incumbent Brian Hill and rookie Qadree Ollison for depth chart slotting behind Devonta Freeman, and he'll presumably get a boost in touches in forthcoming exhibitions after seeing Hill outpace him by eight carries Thursday.
The Falcons used a fifth-round pick (No. 152 overall) on Qadree Ollison to join Smith and Devonta Freeman in the backfield, Will McFadden of the team's official website reports.
There was little question Atlanta would add backfield depth after losing Tevin Coleman to the 49ers in March. There's still a nice opportunity for Smith to earn the No. 2 job in a prolific offense, though he didn't make the best case for himself last season when he averaged 3.5 yards on 90 carries and 5.6 yards on 27 receptions. The Falcons did make aggressive moves to upgrade their mediocre offensive line during the offseason, and Smith should have a large advantage over the 228-pound Ollison when it comes to pass-catching skill. Of course, the Falcons likely will deploy a committee if Freeman struggles with injuries for a third straight year.
Head coach Dan Quinn stopped short of naming Smith as Tevin Coleman's replacement, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He certainly has shown that he's capable of [replacing Coleman], but if that (Coleman leaving in free agency) takes place, there will definitely be other guys that we put into the mix to compete with (Smith)," Quinn said Wednesday at the NFL Combine.
This is not what dynasty owners wanted to hear, but there are definitely reasons Quinn feels that way. For starters, Smith topped four yards per carry in just four of 14 appearances as a rookie last season and didn't log a single carry of 20-plus yards over 90 attempts. He wasn't much of a receiving threat, either, averaging just 4.7 yards per target and 5.6 yards per catch. While it's possible Smith could make significant improvement after his first full offseason, his rookie season fell far short of proving he has the pop to replace Tevin Coleman as the lightning to Devonta Freeman's thunder.
Smith (knee) is almost back to 100 percent health and doesn't expect to have any limitations during the offseason, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Smith had arthroscopic surgery Dec. 19 to address a meniscus issue in his left knee and missed the final two weeks of his rookie campaign. He finished the year with 90 carries for 315 yards (3.5 average) and four touchdowns, adding 27 catches for 152 yards on 32 targets (4.8 YPT). While the inefficient stat line doesn't exactly beg for more work, Smith currently projects as Atlanta's No. 2 running back behind Devonta Freeman (groin), who has struggled with injuries the past two years. Tevin Coleman is expected to sign elsewhere during the offseason, but it won't come as much of a surprise if the Falcons add a cheaper veteran or a mid-round pick to fill out their backfield.
Smith (knee) underwent an arthroscopic procedure Wednesday to address meniscus damage, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Coach Dan Quinn confirmed Thursday that Smith's surgery went according to plan and added that the 23-year-old should be ready to go for the start of the Falcons' offseason program. Though he only averaged 3.5 yards per carry over 14 appearances in his rookie campaign, Smith showed a nose for the end zone (four touchdowns) and some pass-catching upside (27 receptions on 32 targets for 152 yards). The Falcons will return Devonta Freeman (groin) from injury in 2019 to presumably reclaim the lead role, but Smith should be cemented as the top change-of-pace option with Atlanta not expected to retain soon-to-be-free-agent Tevin Coleman.
Smith is slated for surgery to repair meniscus damage in his left knee, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. As a result, the Falcons will place Smith on injured reserve, per Will McFadden of the team's official site.
Smith dealt with neck and knee injuries in preparation for Sunday's eventual 40-14 win against the Cardinals, aggravating the latter enough that it'll end his season. Fortunately, the diagnosis backed up coach Dan Quinn's assertion that Smith doesn't have an ACL tear, according to Jason Butt of The Athletic. Smith will join Devonta Freeman (groin) on IR, leaving primary backfield duties to Tevin Coleman for the final two games of the season. Beyond Coleman, 2017 fifth-round pick Brian Hill is poised to earn some reps in his stead.
Smith (knee) will be placed on injured reserve, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Smith had 34 yards on nine carries and five yards on two catches in Sunday's 40-14 win over the Cardinals, but in the process he aggravated the same knee that bothered him during practice late last week. Coach Dan Quinn confirmed the injury isn't an ACL tear, though it is serious enough to require surgery, per Jason Butt of The Athletic. Tevin Coleman likely will take on more work over the final two weeks of the season, with Brian Hill now stepping in as the No. 2 running back. Smith actually led the Atlanta backfield in touches over the past three games, holding a 33-29 edge over Coleman.
Smith is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to a knee injury, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Prior to his departure in the fourth quarter, Smith handled nine carries for 34 yards and hauled in two of three passes for five yards. With Smith on the sideline yet again, the Falcons will rely on Tevin Coleman to fuel the ground game moving forward.
Smith (knee/neck) is active for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The two injuries resulted in the Falcons restricting Smith's practice load this week, though he did complete a full session Thursday. Smith should fill his usual duties as the top complement to starting running back Tevin Coleman, a role that has translated to averages of 7.5 carries and 2.5 targets per game over the past nine weeks while Devonta Freeman (groin) has been sidelined.
Smith (knee/neck), who is questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona, was listed as a limited participant in Friday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
An earlier report suggested Smith missed practice, but he apparently did enough to warrant "limited" status on the final injury report. While his neck injury from earlier in the week doesn't appear to be an issue, he seems to have hurt his knee somewhere along the way. Coach Dan Quinn did say he expects Smith to play Sunday, but if not, the Falcons will turn to Brian Hill as their No. 2 running back while likely giving Tevin Coleman a bit more work than usual. Smith is working on back-to-back weeks with a slight touch advantage over Coleman.
Smith is listed as questionable after missing Friday's practice with a sore knee, but coach Dan Quinn still expects the running back to play in Sunday's game against Arizona, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Smith was limited at Wednesday's practice with a neck injury before upgrading to full participation Thursday. He apparently hurt his knee somewhere along the way, potentially setting up Brian Hill to serve as the No. 2 running back behind Tevin Coleman in Week 15. Quinn may be optimistic, but Smith's absence Friday suggests he's truly questionable and could come down to a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's 1 PM ET kickoff. An absence likely would leave more work for Coleman, given that Smith actually led the Atlanta backfield in touches the past two weeks (eight, 14).
Smith (neck) was a full practice participant Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Smith kicked off the week with a limited listing, so bumping up to an uncapped practice gives him the all-clear to continue the smaller side of a timeshare with Tevin Coleman out of the Falcons backfield. Aside from reaching the end zone in three consecutive games from Weeks 4 through 6, Smith has scored just one touchdown in his 10 other games while recording more than 50 yards from scrimmage three times overall.
Smith was a limited practice participant Wednesday due to a neck injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Smith has shown flashes as a rookie, but volume and usage in the red zone have been at the root of his best outings to date. Utilizing a season-high 32 offensive snaps Week 14 against an exploitable Packers defense, he notched career bests in touches (14) and yards from scrimmage (74). He emerged with a neck issue, though, so his status should be watched closely as the week goes on.
Smith had 11 carries for 60 yards and caught three of four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Smith tied his highest carry and yardage totals of the season as he out-touched Tevin Coleman out of the backfield for the second straight week. A more productive afternoon may have been in store, but the Falcons fell behind 34-7 in the third quarter and mostly abandoned the run thereafter. The rookie fourth-round pick has a solid matchup next week against a Cardinals defense that allows 140.9 rushing yards per game and 4.5 per carry.
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