The Saints didn't hold practice Monday, but Smith wouldn't have participated if the team had held drills due to a foot injury. As a result, his status bears monitoring as New Orleans prepares to host the Falcons on Thursday evening, especially on the heels of a 10-157-1 line on 13 targets this past Sunday versus the Eagles.
Smith reeled in 10 of 13 targets for 157 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 48-7 win over the Eagles.
Smith was everywhere in the blowout victory, repeatedly making big plays and leading the team in targets and catches by a good margin in the process. The rookie came back on a couple of underthrown balls to make receptions during the game and held on despite taking a big hit that drew a defenseless-receiver penalty on his touchdown catch in the second quarter. Perhaps feeling the squeeze on his playing time after the recent signing of Brandon Marshall, Smith will look to keep the momentum going at home on Thanksgiving in another inviting matchup against the Falcons.
Smith was not targeted in Sunday's win against the Bengals.
Despite playing 61 of the Saints' 75 offensive snaps, Smith did not have a pass thrown his way in a game where New Orleans scored 51 points on the hapless Cincinnati defense. The Saints attempted just 27 passes, as the team gained 244 yards on 47 carries, but Smith's lack of usage has to be frustrating for fantasy owners. The talented rookie continues to have a high ceiling in the Saints' high-scoring offense, but with Drew Brees willing to spread the ball around, Smith remains prone to weekly volatility. It's worth noting Brandon Marshall is also about to join the receiving fold.
Smith had two catches on three targets for 23 yards, including a four-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win against the Rams.
With Michael Thomas drawing a whopping 15 targets, no other Saint saw more than five targets. Smith, however, managed to make his limited opportunities count, as his touchdown came on a nice grab of a Drew Brees fastball in the second quarter. Still, Smith has not quite emerged as many owners had hoped in the wake of Ted Ginn being placed on injured reserve. Outside of his 111-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 5, Smith has totaled just eight catches for 85 yards in the other three games that Ginn has been unavailable. Nevertheless, the rookie continues to run as the clear No. 2 receiver behind Thomas -- Smith played 68 percent of the snaps against the Rams -- and in the Saints' high-powered offense, he remains a high-upside option, even if he's likely to be inconsistent from week-to-week.
Smith caught three passes on four targets for 18 yards in Sunday night's win against the Vikings.
Missing their top cornerback, Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings opted for a conservative defensive scheme, taking away the deep ball and forcing Drew Brees to throw underneath. As a result, Smith's deep-ball abilities were never called into play, as Brees managed just 120 passing yards -- the lowest yardage total of Brees' career when he played a full game -- and most of his completions were short throws to his running backs or Michael Thomas. Still, Smith played 41 of the team's 53 offensive snaps (77 percent), far more than any receiver other than Thomas. While there will be some inconsistency for the rookie, Smith appears locked in as the Saints' No. 2 receiver, which gives him plenty of weekly upside in the Saints' high-scoring offense.
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