Smith was not targeted in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.
Despite being arguably the Saints' top performer this preseason, Smith played just 12 offensive snaps in his rookie debut. Meanwhile, veteran Ted Ginn saw 50 snaps and had five catches for 68 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown on which he showcased his trademark speed. Smith was mostly limited to the "Z" receiver position during training camp -- the same outside receiver position as Ginn -- so the rookie will likely continue to face an uphill battle for playing time unless Ginn begins to show signs of slowing down.
Smith secured all four of his targets for 42 yards during Thursday's preseason finale against the Rams.
While Smith was arguably outdone by Cameron Meredith, who totaled 72 yards and a touchdown on two catches, the rookie entered the night as the Saints' most productive receiver of the preseason by far and now finishes the exhibition slate with 15 receptions, 189 receiving yards and one touchdown to his name -- all impressive marks. Such production could be hard to come by when the games start to matter, though, as Smith is stuck behind Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn in a run-centric Saints offense that used three-receiver sets less than 50 percent of the time in 2017. Furthermore, it's likely New Orleans will want to feed Meredith as often as reasonably possible after handing the veteran a $3.5 million signing bonus this offseason.
While it is typically unwise to read much into unofficial depth charts, particularly this early in training camp, Smith's depth-chart positioning does not come as a big surprise. The rookie out of Central Florida has been drawing rave reviews this offseason, per John DeShazier of the Saint's official site, and the recent release of Brandon Coleman likely solidifies his role as the team's No. 4 receiver. A standout deep threat in college, Smith profiles as a an analog to Ginn, and should any of the veterans ahead of him on the depth chart (Michael Thomas, Ginn, Cameron Meredith) succumb to injury, Smith could quickly land on the fantasy radar in many leagues.
|3||9/23/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ BAL||4:05 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ MIN||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||11/29/18||@ DAL||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/18||@ CAR||8:15 pm|
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