Smith carried the ball once for five yards and failed to bring in his only target in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
As expected, Smith's workload was very small playing behind Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys' No. 2 back could at some point see more touches if the team ever gets a chance to give Elliott a breather, but the team's limited offensive showing in Week 1 promises a lot of close contests ahead, and few opportunities for Smith.
Smith will compete with Tavon Austin and seventh-round rookie Bo Scarbrough for backup work behind Ezekiel Elliott, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Smith's impressive work last season should give him a leg up for the No. 2 spot, though it isn't a role that will come with many snaps so long as Elliott stays healthy. The Cowboys' star runner handled 85.5 percent of offensive snaps in the 10 games he played last season, leaving mere scraps for Smith and Alfred Morris (who is currently unsigned). While this isn't a situation with one clear handcuff, Smith is at least the best bet for cautious Elliott owners in deep leagues. Scarbrough doesn't offer much in terms of elusiveness or pass-catching skill, and it isn't even clear if Austin will be used in the backfield.
Smith finished the regular season with 232 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 55 carries while adding 19 catches on 23 targets for 202 yards and a touchdown through the air.
Buried on the RB depth chart to begin the season, Smith opened some eyes with an impressive showing despite limited touches against the 49ers in Week 7, then scored five TDs over a four-game stretch later in the year while Ezekiel Elliott served his suspension. With Alfred Morris potentially not returning to Dallas next season, Smith could head into 2018 as Elliott's top backup.
In Ezekiel Elliott's return from a six-game suspension Week 16, Smith served as the change-of-pace option over fellow running back Alfred Morris, picking up seven offensive snaps to none for the veteran. However, an illness has followed Smith into the weekend and won't allow him to suit up for the season finale. Expect Morris to earn any backfield reps that don't go to Elliott on Sunday.
Smith (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Smith was added to the injury report Thursday and held out of practice again Friday. Players typically don't miss games due to illnesses, but the Friday absence does create some concern. Ezekiel Elliott and/or Alfred Morris could pick up a few extra snaps if Smith is ruled out when the Cowboys release their inactive list at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.
|5||10/7/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/11/18||@ PHI||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|