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35 Rodney Smith RB

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January 10, 2021 01:44 AM
Panthers' Rodney Smith: Earns role down stretch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith finished the 2020 season with 41 carries for 156 yards and a touchdown in seven games played. He also caught nine of 11 targets for 59 yards.

Smith, an undrafted rookie from Minnesota, was promoted to Carolina's active roster in November amid superstar Christian McCaffrey's injury troubles. With McCaffrey unavailable, Smith served as veteran Mike Davis' backup, averaging around 30 percent of the offensive snaps. The 24-year-old did a decent job in that role, and he rushed 10 times for 40 yards and a score with Davis missing Week 17 versus the Saints. With Davis an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Smith stands a chance of elevating the depth chart should Davis not return, but as long as McCaffrey is back healthy in 2021, it's unlikely Smith will have much fantasy value.

January 3, 2021 03:24 PM
Panthers' Rodney Smith: On pace for elevated workload
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith is poised for a large workload Sunday versus the Saints with Christian McCaffrey (thigh) and Mike Davis (ankle) unavailable, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Going back to Week 11, Smith has received at least four touches in five straight games. During that stretch, he averaged a pedestrian 3.7 YPC on his 28 rushes while gathering in seven of nine passes for 53 yards. The undrafted rookie is seeking his first career TD, but with Carolina's top two running backs absent, Smith could find himself with a few opportunities to get in the end zone. His competition for reps Sunday includes Trenton Cannon, Alex Armah and perhaps Curtis Samuel.

December 30, 2020 07:28 PM
Panthers' Rodney Smith: Looks likely to start Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith could serve as the Panthers' starting running back Sunday against the Saints with Christian McCaffrey (ankle) ruled out and Mike Davis (ankle) not expected to play, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports.

Smith has earned an uptick in playing time down the stretch, as he's had at least four touches in six straight games while handling a complementary role behind Davis. Injuries to Carolina's top two backs could now allow Smith the chance to close out his rookie campaign with a starting opportunity, while special-teams standout Trenton Cannon would likely serve as the No. 2 option.

December 28, 2020 10:28 PM
Panthers' Rodney Smith: Garners nine touches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith rushed seven times for 23 yards and caught both of his targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 20-13 win over Washington.

Smith's involvement has grown to close the campaign, as he's now garnered at least seven touches in four of six games since making his debut Week 10. With Christian McCaffrey sidelined, the rookie has done a decent job at spelling starting tailback Mike Davis, even if Smith's production still hasn't been too impactful fantasy-wise. If McCaffrey remains out in Sunday's season finale versus the Saints, Smith again should assume second-string duties and hope to finish his rookie season with his first career touchdown.

December 20, 2020 08:20 PM
Panthers' Rodney Smith: Gets seven touches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith rushed four times for 23 yards and caught three of four targets for 24 yards in Saturday's 24-16 loss to the Packers.

Smith had a long rush of 12 yards and also went for 11 yards on one of his receptions. In playing over the third of Carolina's offensive snaps, the rookie saw his recent uptick in involvement persist, as he's now finished with at least seven touches in three of his last four games. While that workload has seen Smith register on deep fantasy radars, the potential return of Christian McCaffrey (thigh) before the season ends looms over Smith's weekly value.

December 14, 2020 10:00 AM
Panthers' Rodney Smith: Garners four touches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith rushed twice for 10 yards and caught both of his targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Broncos.

Smith played only a quarter of Carolina's offensive snaps behind starter Mike Davis. Although he was decently productive in his limited workload, Smith's upside remains restricted by his backup status, and he could fall further down the pecking order if Christian McCaffrey (shoulder/thigh) is able to return in Week 15.

November 30, 2020 10:20 AM
Panthers' Rodney Smith: Gets seven carries
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith rushed seven times for 18 yards in Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Vikings.

Smith was also targeted once in the passing game but failed to haul in the look his way. With Christian McCaffrey out, Smith has now garnered 18 carries over Carolina's last three games, but should the superstar tailback return following the Panthers' Week 13 bye, it'd be unlikely Smith would see much work as the third-stringer behind McCaffrey and Mike Davis.

November 23, 2020 09:16 AM
Panthers' Rodney Smith: Garners eight carries
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith rushed eight times for 29 yards in Sunday's 20-0 win over the Lions.

Smith was handed Carolina's first two rushing attempts of the game and racked up five carries by the end of the first quarter. While that suggested he'd work more in tandem with starter Mike Davis, Smith ultimately played only nine offensive snaps Sunday. Obviously, he got the ball almost every time he was on the field, but Smith's workload paled in comparison to Davis' 21 total touches. As long as Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is sidelined, Smith figures to factor into the Panthers' rushing game as Davis' understudy, but it seems unlikely he'd do so if McCaffrey is fit to return in Week 12 versus the Vikings.

November 16, 2020 01:04 PM
Panthers' Rodney Smith: Gets three carries
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith rushed three times for 13 yards and caught his only target for two yards in Sunday's 46-23 loss to the Buccaneers.

Smith, who was making his NFL debut, was called into action after starting tailback Mike Davis briefly left during the second half with a finger injury. Although Davis ultimately returned, Smith still showed well in his short stint, ripping off a game-long rush of 10 yards. While that contribution should help Smith's chances of retaining a roster spot, Davis' availability and the potential return of Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) in Week 11 should keep the rookie's role restricted.

November 14, 2020 10:08 PM
Panthers' Rodney Smith: Promoted to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Panthers have signed Smith to their active roster.

Smith failed to make the Panthers' active roster after signing with them as an undrafted free agent. The Minnesota product is the Gophers' all-time leader in all-purpose yards and will be making his NFL debut. While Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) will be sidelined, Smith will still be behind Mike Davis and Trenton Cannon on the depth chart.

October 13, 2020 03:20 AM
Rodney Smith: Inks practice squad deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Panthers signed Smith to the practice squad Monday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

The undrafted free agent out of Minnesota has passed COVID-19 protocols and will add depth at running back for the Panthers. However, Christian McCaffrey (ankle) is eligible to come off IR in Week 6 against the Bears, and if that comes to fruition, Smith likely won't be elevated to the active roster.

August 1, 2020 02:28 PM
Rodney Smith: Let go Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was cut by the Panthers on Saturday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

The undrafted free agent received a rather hefty guaranteed signing bonus upon signing with the Panthers, but the team clearly felt more comfortable with other members of its running back depth chart. Smith certainly showed a bit of promise in his senior season at Minnesota, accumulating 1,233 total yards and eight touchdowns, so it's entirely possible he could, at minimum, wind up on a practice squad during the season.

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