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25 Ito Smith RB

Atlanta Falcons

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October 21, 2020 10:44 AM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Breaks off 17-yard gain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith ran for eight yards on two carries, adding a 17-yard catch during Sunday's 40-23 win against Minnesota.

The 25-year-old did break off the second-longest receiving gain of his 27-game NFL career, but he garnered only two of Atlanta's 32 running back carries during a three-possession win over the Vikings. Barring injury ahead of him on the depth chart, Smith remains the clear No. 3 RB option in the Atlanta backfield with an average of two rush attempts per game.

October 13, 2020 09:52 AM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Three touches in loss to Panthers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith registered six rushing yards on three carries during Sunday's 23-16 loss to Carolina.

The third-year back has garnered multiple offensive touches in every game but one this season, but Brian Hill continues to rule the roost as Atlanta's No. 2 back. Hill has more than double the number of carries than Smith so far in 2020, while his 5.3 yards-per-carry average is a clear step up from Smith's 3.0 YPC clip. Given that starting back Todd Gurley owns five of the Falcons' six RB touchdowns this season, opportunity for Smith to provide fantasy utility remains minimal, barring an injury ahead of him on the depth chart.

October 7, 2020 08:16 AM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Active in passing game against Pack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith collected three rushing yards on two attempts and caught all three of his targets for 24 receiving yards during Monday's 30-16 loss to Green Bay.

The third-year back has averaged 3.5 offensive touches per game through the first quarter of Atlanta's regular-season slate, while Brian Hill seems to be the preferred No 2 option behind Todd Gurley with an average of 6.5 touches per game, including 16 combined touches the past two weeks. Despite posting his highest receiving output since Oct. 6 of last year, Smith will in all likelihood be relegated to the third-string role again Week 5. In that matchup, the Falcons will take on a Panthers defense that recently held Arizona running backs to 51 total rushing yards on 17 attempts in a 31-21 win.

September 28, 2020 01:16 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: No touches in Week 3 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith did not haul in either of his targets, and he did not garner a single rush attempt during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.

It was a Brian Hill breakout game Week 3, as the former Bengal glided to a 35-yard second-quarter touchdown run on the fourth of his 10 offensive touches. Smith has been slow out of the gates to kick off 2020, with no more than five offensive touches in any of the Falcons' three games to this point, and a season high of 20 scrimmage yards. The Southern Miss standout provided fantasy utility for stretches of his 2018 rookie season by way of four rushing touchdowns, but he has only found the end zone once in 10 appearances since. During Week 4 he will continue to serve as the Falcons' No. 3 running back, as Atlanta takes on Green Bay's middling rush defense (115 yards allowed per game) on Monday night.

September 23, 2020 11:12 AM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Splits backup work against Dallas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith logged 20 rushing yards on five carries during Sunday's 40-39 loss to the Cowboys.

The 25-year-old back appeared to be in line for extra work Week 2 when Atlanta pounced on the Cowboys to capture a 20-0 first-quarter lead, but Dallas roared back, making Atlanta the first team (in 441 instances) since 1933 to lose a game when scoring 39 points with zero turnovers. Smith garnered all five of his touches between quarters one and three, but when the game tightened up in the final frame, Todd Gurley received 100 percent of the running back workload. The Falcons will try to right the ship Week 3 against the Bears, as they face off against a Chicago defense that ranks among the league's stingiest units with just 163 rushing yards allowed so far to opposing RBs.

September 16, 2020 08:56 AM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Snags three passes in 2020 debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith caught all three of his targets for two receiving yards and ran for four yards on his lone rush attempt during Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Seahawks.

Smith and Brian Hill nearly had an even split of the backup work behind two-time All-Pro Todd Gurley, as Hill garnered five offensive touches to Smith's four during Sunday's contest. Smith had his sophomore campaign cut short last year after suffering a neck injury and concussion while executing a pass block against the Rams on Oct. 20. He's now working his way back into the rotation, but Hill will be tough to overcome for the No. 2 role, as he was one of the most notably improved players in training camp this summer. Smith will slot into a backup role once again Week 2, when the Falcons travel to take on a Cowboys defense that surrendered 153 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to the Rams on Sunday night.

August 16, 2020 07:04 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Looking dynamic in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith has demonstrated exceptional change-of-direction speed in training camp, and he could add an extra dimension to the offense if able to remain healthy in 2020, Matthew Tabeek of the Falcons' official site reports.

The 24-year-old had his 2019 season cut short after suffering a neck injury and second concussion of the year, and he ultimately only handled 22 carries across seven appearances. Though achieved on a limited sample size, Smith did vastly improve his yards-per-carry average during 2019, improving from 3.5 to 4.8 YPC between his rookie and sophomore campaigns. Back on the practice field and competing with Brian Hill for the role of second-string running back in Atlanta, Smith seems to be turning heads through the early stages of training camp.

May 20, 2020 01:40 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Training for 2020 season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (concussion/neck) has been taking part in offseason training in Houston and plans to return to Atlanta in the near future to work out with quarterback Matt Ryan and other skill-position players, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Smith's ability to take part in workouts without any reported limitations suggested he's gained full clearance from the concussion that sidelined him for the Falcons' final nine games of the past season. While Atlanta moved on from Devonta Freeman earlier in the offseason, the team brought in ex-Rams standout Todd Gurley to serve as its lead back. As a result, Smith will remain stuck in his familiar No. 2 role in 2020 if Gurley's chronic knee issues don't cost him too much time.

February 11, 2020 11:32 AM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Expected back in 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (neck/concussion) should be back with the Falcons for 2020, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The 2018 fourth-round pick was limited to seven games, 33 touches and 193 yards in his second pro season, landing on injured reserve in early November after he suffered his second concussion of the year. Smith also picked up a neck injury, but he'll likely be healthy by April when the Falcons begin their offseason program. With Devonta Freeman facing an uncertain future due to his hefty salary, it isn't out of the question that Smith could get a shot to compete for the starting backfield job. Of course, the Falcons presumably will bring in other running backs if they end up cutting or trading Freeman.

November 9, 2019 03:00 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Lands on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (neck) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

The report indicates Smith was never able to shed the concussion which he sustained in Week 7, although it's quite possible the second-year running back could simply be dealing with concussion symptoms and a lingering neck injury. With Smith's 2019 season now over, Brian Hill is expected to continue operating as the No. 2 running back behind Devonta Freeman.

November 8, 2019 12:56 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Won't face Saints
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (neck) will not play in Sunday's game against the Saints, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

A Week 9 bye allowed Smith to clear the concussion protocol, but he didn't have enough time to recover from his neck injury. He was held out of practice throughout the week, leaving his availability beyond Sunday looking murky. Brian Hill served as the Falcons' No. 2 running back behind Devonta Freeman in a 27-20 loss to the Seahawks back in Week 8.

November 7, 2019 06:00 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Misses practice with neck injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith has cleared the concussion protocol, but a neck injury kept him out of Thursday's practice, the Falcons' official website reports.

A bye week allowed Smith to recover from his concussion, but a second straight missed practice suggests his neck is still a significant concern. Another absence Friday likely would leave Brian Hill as the No. 2 running back for Sunday's game in New Orleans against a red-hot Saints defense. Devonta Freeman played 79 percent of snaps in the final game before a Week 9 bye, taking 13 carries for 39 yards and eight catches for 63 yards in a 27-20 loss to Seattle.

November 7, 2019 05:56 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Logs another absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (neck) did not participate in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Coming out of a bye week, Smith has cleared the concussion protocol but still needs to recover from a neck injury. An absence for Sunday's game in New Orleans would leave Brian Hill as the likely No. 2 running back behind Devonta Freeman.

November 7, 2019 02:40 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Over concussion, has neck injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith didn't practice Wednesday due to a neck injury.

Smith sat out the Falcons' last game Week 8 due to a concussion, but despite getting through the protocol for head injuries with the benefit of the team's bye week, he's dealing with a neck issue at the moment, according to Vaughn McClure of If he's unable to get healthy for Sunday's contest at New Orleans, Brian Hill would be the prime candidate to serve as the top change-of-pace option to starting running back Devonta Freeman.

October 27, 2019 12:56 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Taking seat Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (concussion/neck) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks.

Ruled out six days ago as a result of a concussion and a neck injury, Smith will yield reserve running back duties to the likes of Brian Hill and Kenjon Barner behind starter Devonta Freeman. The Falcons have a bye Week 9, which will give Smith plenty of time to work his way through the protocol for head injuries.

October 23, 2019 04:24 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Unable to practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Smith suffered a head injury Week 7 against the Rams. He'll need to fully clear the five-step concussion protocol before retaking the field and has already been ruled out for Sunday's tilt against the Seahawks, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As long as Smith is unable to go, the Falcons will rely on Brian Hill, Kenjon Barner and Qadree Ollison to provide depth behind Devonta Freeman.

October 21, 2019 05:16 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Ruled out Week 8 with concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Dan Quinn said that Smith (head/neck) has entered the NFL's concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Smith was removed from the Falcons' Week 7 loss to the Rams with what were termed a head and neck injury, but follow-up tests revealed that the running back sustained a concussion. The Falcons apparently weren't confident in Smith's ability to pass through the five-step protocol by next weekend, so he'll be sidelined for the first time this season as a result. Smith's absence leaves Brian Hill, Kenjon Barner and Qadree Ollison as the remaining depth options behind lead back Devonta Freeman.

October 20, 2019 02:52 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Won't return Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith won't return to Sunday's contest versus the Rams due to a head and neck issue, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

With Smith ruled out, the Falcons will ride Devonta Freeman out of the backfield. Meanwhile, reserve running backs Kenjon Barner and Brian Hill should have opportunities to make an impact on offense.

October 20, 2019 02:00 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Getting checked for head injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was removed from Sunday's game versus the Rams to be evaluated for a head injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Smith remained on the turf late in the first quarter after failing to haul in his only target to that point in the contest. If he's diagnosed with a concussion, Kenjon Barner and Brian Hill are on hand to take on any RB reps that don't go to lead back Devonta Freeman.

October 14, 2019 12:16 PM
Falcons' Ito Smith: Minimal impact in limited role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith ran for six yards on three carries and returned two kickoffs for 59 yards during Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals.

Game flow did not trend in Smith's favor, as the Falcons fell into a three-possession hole in the third quarter and were forced to throw in an effort to ignite a late comeback. Smith garnered six targets in Week 5 against Houston but otherwise has only exceeded four targets in a single game once in his 20-game NFL career. Up next, Atlanta faces a Rams defense that contained a dominant 49ers ground attack to just 2.4 yards per carry Sunday.

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